Rugby Union Autumn Internationals 2018 Week Four Including England v Australia – Previews and Betting offers
The Autumn Internationals 2018 Rugby Series continues to drop jaws and break the hearts of many while some are rejoicing all the way to victory land. Last week’s gameplay saw some unexpected wins and much-anticipated ones. But week four’s line-up is highly unpredictable as it features major league giants. Here is a detailed breakdown of each game line-up and what fans should expect.
Italy v New Zealand – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Kick off: 2:00pm
There has always been a great sense of team rivalry between the all blacks and Italy ever since their first encounter back in 1987 at the opening of the Inaugural Rugby World Cup in Eden Park, Auckland. Here, New Zealand put on an incredible victory by winning 70-6.
Italy and New Zealand have played a total of 12 games recognised by both teams as international matches. In all these games, New Zealand has emerged victorious each time, and the trend is predicted to continue this coming Saturday. With an average margin of 51 points, it’s seemingly hard to see a win from the Italian side though fans remain hopeful.
Both sides have been in the same pool in 5 out of 8 Rugby World Cup series. And with 2019 Rugby World Cup championship around the corner, the two teams are looking to put up an incredible play ahead of the event making the coming game one much anticipated.
The last time the two teams met eye to eye in Rome was back in 2016. New Zealand won 68 to 10. The Italians, however, are looking to recover from their last flop and if the odds are on their side, this might be their ever first win against the mighty all blacks.
Scotland v Argentina – BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Kick off: 2:30 pm
Scotland versus Argentina is at BT Murrayfield Stadium kicks 30 minutes after Italy versus New Zealand game. The match features significant league players from both teams making it hard to predict a win from either side. Everything is then left to chance and the best play of the day.
Scotland and Argentina have met 20 times with only 17 being recognised as test games. The two teams first met back in 1969. However, the status of the first three games is entirely unclear as only Argentina awarded test caps for those matches. The first match documented as a test match for both teams was played back in 1990.
Both teams have experienced seasonal wins, but significant victory seems to fall on the Scotland side. The Pumas/Argentina however, has seen a 7 matching-winning Strike in the past, but Scotland has dominated the recent games. With for straight wins in their last encounters, Scotland has set the pace for Argentina. If they land a victory this coming Saturday, they officially crown 5 titles, but if Argentina succeeds, it would be a significant break in five years against the team.
England v Australia – Twickenham Stadium, London Kick-off 3:00pm
With the battle line already drawn, the match between England’s Red Rose and Australia’s Wallabies is bound to be full of fireworks, passion and a show of skill. As history dictates their previous encounters have graced nothing but surprises, high tension, and tight gameplay – and this seems to follow suit. With Eddie Johns at England’s frontline, we expect much from this series.
Last year’s Autumn International Rugby Union Tournament saw England usher in a victory of 30-6. This year, Australia is expected to bring on a heated game as they contend for the 2018 title.
Overall England and Australia have played a total of 49 rugby matches. Their first encounter was back in 1909 at the Blackheath’s Rectory Field in England. Ever since England has won 23 matches out of the 49. Australia, however, has had an outstanding win with 25 victories and one drawn game.
Danny Care together with Zach Mercer and Alex Lozowski have been dropped out of Eddie Jones’ 28-man squad England team. New editions feature Northampton back Piers Francis and Manu Tuilagi. If head coach Eddie Jones’ decision is right, England will win the 2018 autumn fixture against Australia.
Wales v South Africa – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Kick off: 5:20 pm
Wales will battle against South Africa at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff this Saturday as their fourth and final tournament in 2018 Under Armor Series. Both teams will be contending for the Prince William Cup, created back in 2007 by WRU to celebrate 100 years of rugby play between the two teams.
South Africa is looking to build on their victories over France and Scotland after a nearby loss against England. Wales, on the other hand, is on an 8 match unbeaten run and hoping to clear the Autumn series with the first time clean sweep after beating Tonga, Australia, and Scotland.
Wales have beaten South Africa’s Springboks in their three last encounters. Their most recent win came this summer during Washington DC tour match where they won 22-20.
In total, Wales and South Africa have contested 34 matches. Their first meeting was back in 1906. Out of the 34 games played, South Africa has emerged victorious with 28 wins and one draw. South Africa’s Springboks has also been the only team to win many away matches between the two. They have won 15 times while playing in Wales.
Ireland v USA – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Kick off: 6:30pm
Ireland vs. the USA is a pretty predictable match. With a 100% victory by Ireland whenever the two teams meet, it’s expected that this 24th November will be no different. The teams will be meeting head to head at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for the final Guinness Series. The match is expected to kick off at 6.30 pm, and it will be the third and final Autumn International tournament to be graced by Ireland.
Ireland and USA have had 9 matches in total. Their first encounter was back in 1994. Ever since Ireland has since a tremendous win with their most recent encounter in 2017 summer tour that saw a 55-19 win for the Ireland side. Fans are pretty confident on an Ireland win though the USA has shown a tremendous come back over its last games making it hard to predict the outcome.
France v Fiji, Stade de France, Paris, Kick off: 8:05 pm
Ending the day is the much anticipated France vs. Fiji, a battle of the greats. The encounter is set to be spectacular, full of action, tears, and joy from both team supporters. As the last match of the Autumn International event, the game is expected to end in high tones.
France will be playing Fiji in their home grounds at the Stade de France in Paris. This gives them an added advantage over their unbeaten rivals. It will be the first time the two teams rub shoulders in a long while.
France has played against Fiji 9 time and has won 9 times in a row. Will their unprecedented win hold or will Fiji mightiest break the chain win the first-time victory? Well, we have to wait till the Saturday to unravel this mystery.
Tickets for this game and all other mentioned matches are said to be sold out. However, some outlets are still selling tickets for some of the games. Rugby fans can catch up live games as they continue from various outlets as this is set to be the highlight of the Autumn International 2018 series.
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