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Category: Autumn internationals

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Finn Russell and Adam Hastings ruled out of Scotland’s autumn campaign

Stand-offs did not finish game in defeat of WalesDuncan Weir in frame for Autumn Nations CupScotland’s Autumn Nations Cup hopes have suffered a major blow after Gregor Townsend confirmed stand-offs Finn Russell and Adam Hastings have both been ruled ou…

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Six Nations confirms dates for delayed men’s and women’s tournaments

Plans for a one-off, eight-team autumn Test seriesEddie Jones’ side take on Italy in Rome on 31 OctoberSix Nations organisers have confirmed rescheduled fixtures and are “hugely excited” to complete the delayed 2020 tournament, as well as also plans fo…

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Six Nations confirms dates for delayed men’s and women’s tournaments

Plans for a one-off, eight-team autumn Test seriesEddie Jones’ side take on Italy in Rome on 31 OctoberSix Nations organisers have confirmed rescheduled fixtures and are “hugely excited” to complete the delayed 2020 tournament, as well as also plans fo…

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RFU hopes for cut in Twickenham distancing to one metre and £12m boost

Reduction from two metres would mean 30,000 more fansEngland have four November matches at TwickenhamThe Rugby Football Union is to lobby the government to reduce its physical distancing rule from two metres to one, calculating that the current stipula…

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RFU hopes for cut in Twickenham distancing to one metre and £12m boost

Reduction from two metres would mean 30,000 more fansEngland have four November matches at TwickenhamThe Rugby Football Union is to lobby the government to reduce its physical distancing rule from two metres to one, calculating that the current stipula…

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RFU hopes to avoid using autumn international proceeds to help others

‘We are in discussions with everybody,’ says chief executive‘It is pretty important to maximise our revenues from autumn’The Rugby Football Union is hoping it will not have to offer struggling governing bodies elsewhere any financial handouts after the…

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Australia may cancel autumn tour to Europe because of coronavirus

Chief executive: ‘We may call off tour to reschedule Super Rugby’Move may free up time to finish Six NationsAustralia have warned that tours to Europe in November may be sacrificed if the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic extends, a move that…

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Elton Jantjies drop goal seals Barbarians thrilling comeback win over Argentina

• Barbarians 38-35 Argentina• Pumas led by 14 points at half-timeA bolt-on fixture to a bloated autumn produced a breathtaking finish as Elton Jantjies gave a timely reminder of just how valuable a late drop goal can be, completing a stunning comeback …

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Wales’ Ellis Jenkins heads for knee surgery and may miss rest of the season

• Cardiff confirm Jenkins suffered ‘a significant knee injury’• Flanker received late call-up from bench for South Africa gameThe Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins will require surgery after being hurt during the dying seconds of last week’s victory over Sou…

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Team of the autumn internationals: from Cokanasiga to Leitch | Robert Kitson

Five Ireland players make the cut but fine talents have been on display from Fiji and Japan too Continue reading…

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

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Eddie Jones can plot an upward curve for his stirring English patient

The autumn internationals have uncovered some formidable fresh ammunition at the disposal of the England coachPerhaps the easiest way to sum up England’s autumn is to grab a sheet of paper and half a dozen coloured pens. Then draw a graph plotting the …

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Eddie Jones stands by Owen Farrell over controversial Australia tackle

• Jones: ‘Owen doesn’t try to tackle outside the laws’• Manu Tuilagi admits to nerves after injury comebackEddie Jones has defended Owen Farrell’s controversial tackling technique after another lucky escape for his co-captain against Australia, insisti…

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Owen Farrell has got away with it twice – he won’t a third time | Nick Evans

England will fear Farrell shoulder-tackling makes him a marked man for officials. It could cost his side a match that mattersOwen Farrell has got away with it twice this autumn but we can be sure of one thing – he will not get away with it a third time…

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Michael Cheika calls referee’s decision over Owen Farrell tackle ‘ludicrous’ – video

Australia coach Michael Cheika has criticised referee Jaco Peyper after a try-saving no-arms tackle by Owen Farrell went unpunished in his side’s 37-18 defeat to England. With the tourists trailing 13-10 on the stroke of halftime, Australia lock I…

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Heady mix of fight and flight recalls Eddie Jones’ vision of Englishness | Andy Bull

Kyle Sinckler summed up the ruthless physicality which proved just too much for Australia to handle as Twickenham witnessed a return to traditional valuesBeneath all the mud and muck, you can just about make out the faded “England 2015” branding the RF…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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Liam Williams leads Wales to South Africa win and first clean sweep

• Wales 20-11 South Africa• A ninth successive win is their best run for 19 yearsThey do not count for anything substantial, these autumn internationals, but to complete a clean sweep in such a series for the first time can do Wales no harm at all, wha…

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England 37-18 Australia: how the players rated at Twickenham

Kyle Sinckler stood out in the front row as Eddie Jones’s side ended their autumn in style against a listless Wallabies packElliot Daly 7 He may move back to the wing when Anthony Watson is fit. Daly has had a mixed month but he picked a nice line to s…