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Category: Autumn internationals

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Wales v Tonga: Undercooked tourists wary despite Gatland’s changes

• Wales set to go four matches unbeaten in autumn campaign• ‘We are not getting ahead of ourselves,’ Warren Gatland saysFor all World Rugby’s efforts to give emerging nations greater exposure to the leading teams in between World Cups, Tonga’s match wi…

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Schmidt’s Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world’s best brace for collision

Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year’s most compelling 80 minutesIt is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unb…

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Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England

• Masakatsu Nishikawa returns fire at former coach • ‘Sometimes size doesn’t work for you,’ says Jamie JosephIf you are looking for a little hint of Eddie Jones’s lingering influence on Japanese rugby, have a read of what the flanker Masakatsu Nishikaw…

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Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

• Connacht powerhouse Aki will face the All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to his starting line-upJoe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Z…

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Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

• Connacht powerhouse Aki will face the All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to his starting line-upJoe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Z…

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Joe Cokanasiga makes England debut as one of 11 changes for Japan match

• Fijian-born 21-year-old on right wing as Jones rings the changes• Farrell and Hartley are among the front-line players omittedJoe Cokanasiga will make his England debut on Saturday as one of 11 new faces brought into Eddie Jones’s new-look side to fa…

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The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments …

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Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham

• Rank outsiders Japan believe they can beat England• Eddie Jones says his side need to be aggressive or risk an upsetThe Japan captain, Michael Leitch, insists his side are targeting nothing less than victory against England on Saturday, claiming Eddi…

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Expenses spared: Japan’s rugby union players are being paid just £13 per day

• Amateurs’ allowance does not stretch to burger and chips• Professional players are not paid for international matchesIf Eddie Jones’s warning that they will be “physically smashed” against England on Saturday was not jarring enough for Japan’s player…

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Conor Murray ruled out of Ireland autumn Test against New Zealand

• Scrum-half will not be fit to face the All Blacks on Saturday• Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien will also miss Dublin gameConor Murray has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test against New Zealand on Saturday. The British & Irish Lions scrum-half has n…

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Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point a…

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Eddie Jones calls on England to ‘physically smash cheeky Japan’

• ‘Go to the temple and pray,’ coach tells Japan• England to be ‘absolutely ruthless’ at TwickenhamEddie Jones said England will look to “physically smash” his former side Japan at Twickenham on Saturday and advised them to “go to the temple and pray”….

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Warren Gatland content with Wales’ World Cup momentum

Even though Wales are not playing well, ending Australia hoodoo augers well for Six Nations and World CupWales are not playing particularly well – their 9-6 victory over Australia and the previous weekend’s success against Scotland came after two of th…

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Eddie Jones’s England formula looking good despite All Blacks defeat | Robert Kitson

With the Rugby World Cup less than a year away, England have shown they are back near the peak of the game after their wobbles in the springEagerly awaited Tests do not always live up to their billing. This was different: a belter from start to (anothe…

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Steve Hansen declares Ireland Test decider for world’s best team

• Hansen: ‘There’s a fierce rivalry there’• All Blacks will be without the injured Sonny Bill WilliamsThe All Blacks head coach, Steve Hansen, has wasted little time moving on from England after declaring the Test in Dublin on Saturday will decide the …

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England’s tactical superiority shows All Blacks’ rivals are closing the gap | Nick Evans

The precision of Eddie Jones’s side put New Zealand on the back foot, making them look defensively vulnerable and reliant on individual creativityNew Zealand are not a very good wet?weather team so grinding out this victory, having got themselves in a …

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World Rugby backs decision to disallow England’s late try against All Blacks

• Ruling body says referee did not contravene new TMO law trial • Sir Clive Woodward says England decision-making cost winWorld Rugby believes the controversial decision to disallow Sam Underhill’s late try in England’s one-point defeat by New Zealand …

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World Rugby backs decision to disallow England’s late try against All Blacks

• Ruling body says referee did not contravene new TMO law trial • Sir Clive Woodward says England decision-making cost winWorld Rugby believes the controversial decision to disallow Sam Underhill’s late try in England’s one-point defeat by New Zealand …

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Eddie Jones is left five minutes short against All Blacks but time is on his side | Andy Bull

It felt like this match was coming 12 months too late but after a brave display it is like England’s coach is starting afreshThe rain came 30 minutes before kick?off but the storm broke only when the match started, the first collision the opening crack…

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Ireland seal nervy win over Argentina but Sean O’Brien a casualty

• Ireland 28-17 Argentina• Kieran Marmion also taken off injured before All Blacks clashIreland laboured to a patchy 28-17 victory over Argentina in Dublin, losing Sean O’Brien and Kieran Marmion to serious-looking injuries.Marmion, Bundee Aki and Luke…