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Autumn Internationals results, scores

Autumn Internationals 2016 Update, Results, Scores


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Following the excitement of the 2015 Rugby World Cup last season, the Autumn International rugby tournament returned in 2016, and the matches were an outstanding treat for fans of the competing England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand sides. The big three rugby union teams from the southern hemisphere traveled to Europe to compete in the 2016 Autumn Internationals to challenge the home nations of the UK, France and France a year after the Rugby World Cup 2015 England, when Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa proved that they were the ones to beat. This time they faced much tougher competition.

Europe went into the Autumn Tests full of confidence after going head-to-head against each other on a regular basis in the Heineken Cup. Of the three southern hemisphere countries, South Africa was the weakest. Two of their crucial rugby players, Joost van der Westhuizen and Percy Montgomery are not in form, and the departure of South Africa manager Nick Mallett has proven to be a set-back. England was the favorite team to win the Autumn Internationals and they did not disappoint winning all four of their games as they displayed impressive performances again after their victories in the two Tests in South Africa last summer. Clive Woodward has gotten his side playing excellent, tough, powerful rugby. You will want to watch them in live action in the upcoming Six Nations tournament beginning in February.

Wales and Ireland showed that they are building solid foundations. While New Zealand demonstrated why they are considered to be one of the world's greatest rugby nations. The All Blacks had only one thing in mind when they faced the French - revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat last year. The world champions Australia are considered the very best team in the tournament. After lifting the Tri-Nations trophy, John Eales's side went into the Autumn Internationals confident that could win every match on their tour although Wallabies scrum-half George Gregan and fly-half Stephen Larkham were out injured.

England Update

England won all four of their Autumn Internationals rugby fixtures, ending the calendar year unbeaten with 13 wins. England defeated South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia on consecutive weekends at Twickenham in the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Series. The Autumn International victories earned England a 100% record having won all 13 matches under England manager Eddie Jones.

England 37-21 South Africa at Twickenham Stadium, London
England 58-15 Fiji at Twickenham Stadium, London
England 27-14 Argentina at Twickenham Stadium, London
England 37-21 Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London

Ireland Update

Ireland won a historic 40-29 victory against New Zealand in Chicago. It was Ireland's first ever victory over the All Blacks in 111 years of matches. One week later Ireland defeated Canada in the opening match of the Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium. The All Blacks then traveled to Dublin for a return match with Ireland in which they gained revenge for their loss two weeks earlier. In their final match of the Autumn Internationals series, Ireland battled with gusto to defeat Australia. Ireland's 27-24 victory against the Wallabies meant that Ireland are the first northern hemisphere team since 2003 to beat the southern hemisphere's big three (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa) in the same calendar year.

Ireland 40-29 New Zealand at Soldier Field, Chicago
Ireland 52-21 Canada at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland 9-21 New Zealand at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland 27-24 Australia at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Scotland Update

Scotland were victorious winning two of three matches during the Autumn International series in 2016. Scotland’s opening match saw Scotland lose by only one point to Australia at Murrayfield. Scotland then went on to defeat Argentina with a last-minute penalty kick. Scotland’s final match took place at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock, where Scotland put six tries past Georgia to earn a well-deserved victory.

Scotland 22-23 Australia at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Scotland 19-16 Argentina at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Scotland 43-16 Georgia at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock

Wales Update

Wales won three out of four matches during the Under Amour Series at the Principality Stadium in November 2016. After losing to Australia on the opening weekend of the series, Wales went on to narrowly beat Argentina and Japan, before earning a record win over South Africa on the final weekend as Wales enjoyed their best autumn international series ever since 2002.

Wales 8-32 Australia at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Wales 24-20 Argentina at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Wales 33-30 Japan at Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Wales 27-13 South Africa at Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Italy Update

Italy defeated South Africa for the first time in history as South Africa did not win a single match in the Autumn Internationals tournament on top of an already bad year in which they lost eight matches for the first time.

2016 Autumn Internationals Fixtures, Scores

Saturday November 5, 2016
Wales 8-32 Australia at Principality Stadium, Cardiff Attendance: 55,776
Barbarians 31-31 South Africa at Wembley Stadium, London
Ireland 40-29 New Zealand at Soldier Field, Chicago Attendance: 62,300

Friday November 11, 2016
Barbarians 40-7 Fiji at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Saturday November 12, 2016
Italy 10-68 New Zealand at Stadio Olimpico, Rome
England 37-21 South Africa, Twickenham Stadium, London Attendance: 81,221
Scotland 22-23 Australia at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Attendance: 65,395
France 52-8 Samoa at Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Wales 24-20 Argentina at Principality Stadium, Cardiff Attendance: 50,175
Ireland 52-21 Canada at Aviva Stadium, Dublin Attendance: 43,000

Saturday November 19, 2016
Italy 20-18 South Africa at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
England 58-15 Fiji at Twickenham Stadium, London Attendance: 81,409
Wales 33-30 Japan at Principality Stadium, Cardiff Attendance: 73,969
Scotland 19-16 Argentina at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Attendance: 50,481
Ireland 9-21 New Zealand at Aviva Stadium, Dublin Attendance: 51,000
France 23-25 Australia at Stade de France, Paris

Saturday November 28, 2016
Italy 17-19 Tonga at Stadio Euganeo, Padova
England 27-14 Argentina at Twickenham Stadium, London Attendance: 81,787
Scotland 43-16 Georgia at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Attendance: 15,401
Ireland 27-24 Australia at Aviva Stadium, Dublin Attendance: 51,000
Wales 27-13 South Africa at Principality Stadium, Cardiff Attendance: 55,122
France 19-24 New Zealand at Stade de France, Paris

Saturday December 3, 2016

England 37-21 Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London Attendance: 81,586

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