Rugby Autumn Internationals 2018

Rugby Autumn Internationals 2018

Rugby fans rejoice, for November is upon us. And that means one thing, the Rugby Autumn Internationals are here again.

Each Saturday throughout November, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland face epic battles between teams from the northern and southern hemispheres in preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Wales Autumn Internationals 2018

Week 1 – Saturday November 3 2018

Wales 21-10 Scotland | Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Attendance: 63,188

Wales Autumn Internationals 2018

Continuing their unbeaten record against Scotland at home by ten tests, Wales Autumn Internationals started with a bang. The victory must have come as a bitter pill for Scotland who were also competing for the Doddie Weir Cup, a tribute to the former Scotland and Lions second row who was diagnosed with motor neurones disease last year. Poor midfield defence and lack of discipline was blamed for their defeat.

A win puts Wales Autumn International season off to a great start, but next Saturday they’re up against Australia following 13 successive losses.

Wales v Scotland – Match Stats
Wales: (14) 21
Try: North (30′), J Davies (48′)
Conversion: Halfpenny (49′)
Penalty: Halfpenny (5′, 15′, 23′)

Scotland: (10) 10
Try: McInally (35′)
Conversion: Hastings (37′)
Penalty: Hastings (26′)

Man of the Match: Justin Tipuric (Wales)

Team Line-up

Wales Team

Forwards

  • 1 Nicky Smith
  • 2 Ken Owens
  • 3 Dillon Lewis
  • 4 Cory Hill
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Captain)
  • 6 Dan Lydiate
  • 7 Justin Tipuric
  • 8 Ross Moriarty

Backs

  • 9 Gareth Davies
  • 10 Gareth Anscombe
  • 11 Luke Morgan
  • 12 Hadleigh Parkes
  • 13 Jonathan Davies
  • 14 George North
  • 15 Leigh Halfpenny

Replacements

  • 16 Elliot Dee
  • 17 Rob Evans
  • 18 Leon Brown
  • 19 Adam Beard
  • 20 Aaron Wainwright
  • 21 Tomos Williams
  • 22 Jarrod Evans
  • 23 Steff Evans

Scotland Team

Forwards

  • 1 Allan Dell
  • 2 Stuart McInally (Captain)
  • 3 Willem Nel
  • 4 Ben Toolis
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 Jamie Ritchie
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Ryan Wilson

Backs

  • 9 Ali Price
  • 10 Adam Hastings
  • 11 Lee Jones
  • 12 Alex Dunbar
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Tommy Seymour
  • 15 Blair Kinghorn

Replacements

  • 16 Fraser Brown
  • 17 Alex Allan
  • 18 Simon Berghan
  • 19 Grant Gilchrist
  • 20 Matt Fagerson
  • 21 George Horne
  • 22 Pete Horne
  • 23 Darcy Graham

WEEK 2 – Sat November 10 2018

Wales vs Australia | Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Attendance: 64,110

Wales vs Australia Autumn Internationals 2018 Wales Autumn Internationals second round face off against Australia at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff worked out in their favour as the teams are competed for the James Bevan Trophy; created in 2007 to celebrate 100 years of rugby between Wales and Australia.

The win over the Wallabies, although tight, meant that they’ve broken their spell of bad luck having lost the last 13 matches against Australia, with the last time Wales beat the Wallabies was in 2008 with a victory of 21-18. Wales have also won seven games on the trot now, the longest spell since 2004-05 so I bet they are going into their next Autumn Internationals game with a lot of confidence.

Wales v Australia – Match Stats

Wales: (3) 9
Penalty: Halfpenny (22′, 68′), Biggar (77′)

Australia: (3) 6
Penalty: Foley (34′), To’omua (75′)

Man of the Match: Justin Tipuric (Wales)

Team Line-up

Wales Team

Forwards

  • 1 Nicky Smith
  • 2 Ken Owens
  • 3 Tomas Francis
  • 4 Adam Beard
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Captain)
  • 6 Dan Lydiate
  • 7 Justin Tipuric
  • 8 Ross Moriarty

Backs

  • 9 Gareth Davies
  • 10 Gareth Anscombe
  • 11 Josh Adams
  • 12 Hadleigh Parkes
  • 13 Jonathan Davies
  • 14 George North
  • 15 Leigh Halfpenny

Replacements

  • 16 Elliot Dee
  • 17 Rob Evans
  • 18 Dillon Lewis
  • 19 Cory Hill
  • 20 Ellis Jenkins
  • 21 Tomos Williams
  • 22 Dan Biggar
  • 23 Liam Williams

Australia Team

Forwards

  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Tolu Latu
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Izack Rodda
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Jack Dempsey
  • 7 Michael Hooper (Captain)
  • 8 David Pocock

Backs

  • 9 Will Genia
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Sefa Naivalu
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Israel Folau
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements

  • 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 17 Sekope Kepu
  • 18 Taniela Tupou
  • 19 Rob Simmons
  • 20 Ned Hanigan
  • 21 Nick Phipps
  • 22 Matt To’omua
  • 23 Jack Maddocks

WEEK 3 – Sat November 17 2018

Wales vs Tonga | Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Attendance: 61,284

Wales vs Tonga - Autumn Internationals 2018 The third of the Wales Autumn Internationals fixtures 2018 saw the Welsh national team crush Tonga 74-24. Though it wasn’t all plain sailing with a bit of a scare came when an 18-point lead was wiped out, levelling the score at half time.

By the second half things looked very different by responding with 50 unanswered points which must have come as a big shock to the visitors.

This means Wales have won eight consecutive games in a row. That’s the first times this has happened since 2005. 18 victories in the past 22 matches means that spirits must be at an all time high so we imagine they will put up a big challenge in their final match of the internationals when they play South Africa next Saturday 24th November 2018

Wales v Tonga – Match Stats

Wales: (24) 74
Try: Penalty Try (3′), Biggar (6′), L Williams (11′, 78′), Evans (46′), T Williams (58′), Morgan (63′), Hill (65′), A Davies (70′), Patchell (73′)
Conversion: Biggar (7′, 12′, 47′, 60′), Patchell (66′, 71′, 73′, 79′)
Penalty: Biggar (22′, 56′)

Tonga: (17) 24
Try: Fifita (32′), Mafi (39′), Vailanu (43′)
Conversion: Takulua (33′, 40′, 44′)
Penalty: Takulua (9′)

Man of the Match: Dan Biggar (Wales)

Team Line-up

Wales Team

Forwards

  • 1 Wyn Jones
  • 2 Elliot Dee
  • 3 Leon Brown
  • 4 Jake Ball
  • 5 Adam Beard
  • 6 Aaron Wainwright
  • 7 Ellis Jenkins (Captain)
  • 8 Seb Davies

Backs

  • 9 Tomos Williams
  • 10 Dan Biggar
  • 11 Steff Evans
  • 12 Owen Watkin
  • 13 Tyler Morgan
  • 14 Liam Williams
  • 15 Jonah Holmes

Replacements

  • 16 Ryan Elias
  • 17 Rob Evans
  • 18 Tomas Francis
  • 19 Cory Hill
  • 20 Ross Moriarty
  • 21 Aled Davies
  • 22 Rhys Patchell
  • 23 Josh Adams

Tonga Team

Forwards

  • 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi
  • 2 Paula Ngauamo
  • 3 Ma’afu Fia
  • 4 Leva Fifita
  • 5 Sitiveni Mafi
  • 6 Dan Faleafa
  • 7 Fotu Lokotui
  • 8 Sione Vailanu

Backs

  • 9 Sonatane Takulua
  • 10 Kurt Morath
  • 11 Daniel Kilioni
  • 12 Siale Piutau (Captain)
  • 13 Alaska Taufa
  • 14 Viliami Lolohea
  • 15 Vungakoto Lilo

Replacements

  • 16 Sefo Sakalia
  • 17 Latu Talakai
  • 18 Paea Fa’anunu
  • 19 Onehunga Havili
  • 20 Mike Faleafa
  • 21 Leon Fukofuka
  • 22 Kali Hala
  • 23 Atieli Pakalani

WEEK 4 – Sat November 24 2018

Wales vs South Africa | Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Kick Off: 5:20pm
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

The final of Wales Autumn Internationals will see the nation pit against South Africa at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The teams will be competing for the Prince William Cup, created in 2007 to celebrate 100 years of rugby played between Wales and South Africa.
Wales will be looking for a win as they have beaten South Africa in the last three matches, however, since their first meeting in 1906 Wales have lost 28 of the 34 rugby test matches against the Springboks.

England Autumn Internationals 2018

Week 1 – Saturday November 3 2018

England 12-11 South Africa | Twickenham Stadium, London

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Attendance: 80,369

England Autumn Internationals 2018England managed to hang in there and get their Autumn Internationals off to a winning start, even if by the skin of their teeth. It was clear that the inexperienced pack were struggling before the interval, as the Springboks continually pummeled them. Fortunately, a series of South African errors worked out in England’s favour.

During the second half England dominated their first Autumn International of 2018 to secure the win.

England v South Africa – Match Stats
England: (6) 12
Penalty: Farrell (21′, 37′, 73′), Daly (51′)

South Africa: (8) 11
Try: Nkosi (33′)
Penalty: Pollard (7′, 68′)

Man of the Match: Mark Wilson (England)

Team Line-up

England Team

Forwards

  • 1 Alec Hepburn
  • 2 Dylan Hartley (Co-captain)
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler
  • 4 Maro Itoje
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Tom Curry
  • 8 Mark Wilson

Backs

  • 9 Ben Youngs
  • 10 Owen Farrell (Co-captain)
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 12 Ben Te’o
  • 13 Henry Slade
  • 14 Jack Nowell
  • 15 Elliot Daly

Replacements

  • 16 Jamie George
  • 17 Ben Moon
  • 18 Harry Williams
  • 19 Charlie Ewels
  • 20 Zach Mercer
  • 21 Danny Care
  • 22 George Ford
  • 23 Chris Ashton*

*Replaces Manu Tuilagi who has withdrawn due to injury

South Africa Team

Forwards

  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Siya Kolisi (Captain)
  • 7 Duane Vermeulen
  • 8 Warren Whiteley

Backs

  • 9 Ivan van Zyl
  • 10 Handré Pollard
  • 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Sbu Nkosi
  • 15 Damian Willemse

Replacements

  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 Thomas du Toit
  • 18 Wilco Louw
  • 19 RG Snyman
  • 20 Lood de Jager
  • 21 Embrose Papier
  • 22 Elton Jantjies
  • 23 André Esterhuizen

Week 2 England Autumn Internationals – Saturday November 10 2018

England 15-16 New Zealand | Twickenham Stadium, London

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Attendance: 82,149

England vs New Zealand Autumn Internationals 2018It felt like England gained a level of success that few of our national players have achieved during Autumn Internationals against New Zealand. But alas it wasn’t to be after a late try by Sam Underhill was ruled out, much to the dismay of the fans. Unfortunately it was never to be.

Even losing, England had everything to be proud of in their second Autumn International of 2018.

England v New Zealand – Match Stats

England: (15) 15
Try: Ashton (2′), Hartley (24′)
Conversion: Farrell (25′)
Drop-goal: Farrell (10′)

New Zealand: (10) 16
Try: McKenzie (39′)
Conversion: B Barrett (39′)
Penalty: B Barrett (41’+3, 60′)
Drop-goal: B Barrett (46′)

Man of the Match: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Team Line-up

England Team

Forwards

  • 1 Ben Moon
  • 2 Dylan Hartley (Co-captain)
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler
  • 4 Maro Itoje
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 6 Brad Shields
  • 7 Sam Underhill
  • 8 Mark Wilson

Backs

  • 9 Ben Youngs
  • 10 Owen Farrell (Co-captain)
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 12 Ben Te’o
  • 13 Henry Slade
  • 14 Chris Ashton
  • 15 Elliot Daly

Replacements

  • 16 Jamie George
  • 17 Alec Hepburn
  • 18 Harry Williams
  • 19 Charlie Ewels
  • 20 Courtney Lawes
  • 21 Danny Care
  • 22 George Ford
  • 23 Jack Nowell

New Zealand Team

Forwards

  • 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Samuel Whitelock
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Kieran Read (Captain)

Backs

  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Rieko Ioane
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Ben Smith
  • 15 Damian McKenzie

Replacements

  • 16 Dane Coles
  • 17 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 18 Nepo Laulala
  • 19 Scott Barrett
  • 20 Matt Todd
  • 21 TJ Perenara
  • 22 Richie Mo’unga
  • 23 Ryan Crotty

Week 3 England Autumn Internationals 2018 – Saturday November 17 2018

England 35-15 Japan | Twickenham Stadium, London

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Attendance: 81,151

England vs Japan Autumn InternationalsBeing left behind isn’t a great feeling, especially when you consider the Japanese team were the underdogs. So England at half-time must have felt deflated. But fortunately there was some spirit left in the team, as they fought back hard in the second half. That said, much of their success wasn’t to do with skill as it was luck, Japan made some obvious mistakes that cost them the game.

England v Japan – Match Stats

England: (10) 35
Try: Care (3′), Wilson (59′), Cokanasiga (70′), Hartley (76′)
Conversion: Ford (5′, 60′, 72′)
Penalty: Daly (28′), Ford (56′, 65′)

Japan: (15) 15
Try: Nakamura (22′), Leitch (31′)
Conversion: Tamura (23′)
Penalty: Tamura (16′)

Man of the Match: Maro Itoje (England)

Team Line-up

England Team

Forwards

  • 1 Alec Hepburn
  • 2 Jamie George
  • 3 Harry Williams
  • 4 Charlie Ewels
  • 5 Maro Itoje
  • 6 Courtney Lawes
  • 7 Mark Wilson
  • 8 Zach Mercer

Backs

  • 9 Danny Care
  • 10 George Ford (Captain)
  • 11 Chris Ashton
  • 12 Alex Lozowski
  • 13 Jack Nowell
  • 14 Joe Cokanasiga
  • 15 Elliot Daly

Replacements

  • 16 Dylan Hartley
  • 17 Ben Moon
  • 18 Kyle Sinckler
  • 19 Ted Hill
  • 20 Sam Underhill
  • 21 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 22 Owen Farrell
  • 23 Henry Slade

Japan Team

Forwards

  • 1 Keita Inagaki
  • 2 Atsushi Sakate
  • 3 Jiwon Koo
  • 4 Wimpie van der Walt
  • 5 Uwe Helu
  • 6 Michael Leitch (Captain)
  • 7 Masakatsu Nishikawa
  • 8 Kazuki Himeno

Backs

  • 9 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 10 Yu Tamura
  • 11 Kenki Fukuoka
  • 12 Ryoto Nakamura
  • 13 Timothy Lafaele
  • 14 Akihito Yamada
  • 15 Willam Tupou

Replacements

  • 16 Yusuke Niwai
  • 17 Koki Yamamoto
  • 18 Asaeli Ai Valu
  • 19 Samuela Anise
  • 20 Hendrik Tui
  • 21 Shunsuke Nunomaki
  • 22 Yutaka Nagare
  • 23 Rikiya Matsuda

All the Autumn International Fixures 2018

WEEK 1

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Japan 31-69 New Zealand | Jinomoto Stadium, Tokyo | Attendance: 43,751
Wales 21-10 Scotland | Principality Stadium, Cardiff | Attendance: 63,188
England 12-11 South Africa | Twickenham Stadium, London | Attendance: 80,369
Ireland 54-7 Italy | Soldier Field, Chicago | Attendance: 35,000

WEEK 2

Saturday 10th November 2018

Italy vs Georgia | Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence |  2:00pm
Scotland vs Fiji | BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh | 2:30pm
England vs New Zealand | Twickenham Stadium, London | 3:00pm
Wales vs Australia | Principality Stadium, Cardiff | 5:20pm
Ireland vs Argentina | Aviva Stadium, Dublin | 6:30pm
France vs South Africa | Stade de France, Paris  | 8:05pm

WEEK 3

Saturday 17th November 2018
Italy vs Australia | Stadio Euganeo, Padua | 2:00pm
Wales vs Tonga | Principality Stadium, Cardiff | 2:30pm
England vs Japan | Twickenham Stadium, London | 3:00pm
Scotland vs South Africa | BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh | 5:20pm
Ireland vs New Zealand | Aviva Stadium, Dublin | 7:00pm
France vs Argentina | Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille | 8:05pm

WEEK 4

Saturday 24th November 2018
Italy vs New Zealand | Stadio Olimpico, Rome | 2:00pm
Scotland vs Argentina | BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh | 2:30pm
England vs Australia | Twickenham Stadium, London | 3:00pm
Wales vs South Africa | Principality Stadium, Cardiff | 5:20pm
Ireland vs USA | Aviva Stadium, Dublin | 6:30pm
France vs Fiji | Stade de France, Paris | 8:05pm

WEEK 5

Saturday 1st December 2018
Barbarians vs Argentina | Twickenham Stadium, London | 2:30pm

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