The Autumn Internationals will be upon us in the next few days. Rugby fans can’t wait for another series of monumental encounters between the southern and northern hemisphere teams.
England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland will all play four matches on successive Saturdays in November. They will play these matches against the southern hemisphere giants as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup 2019.
The 2018 end year rugby union tests will consist of various rugby union test matches. Second-tier teams will also participate in the matches. These international games will count towards the World Rugby’s ranking system. That being said, let’s take a look at Autumn Internationals 2018 week one matches.
Japan v New Zealand
For the third time, New Zealand will face Japan at full Test level this Saturday. The match will be taking place at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, kick off time at 5:45 am.
This pair last met during the 2011 World Cup pool stages, with New Zealand running out 83-7 winners. This pair first came into contact at the 1995 World Cup and that is when they ripped up the record books. During the pool stage, All blacks met the Brave Blossoms and the match was tough. The All Blacks made 21 tries, making a record 145-17 win.
Current Japan Squad
On 1 October, Japan revealed a 35-man squad for its November test matches against England, Russia, and New Zealand. After a fine show of form, Ishii Kai joined the Japan squad on October 5th while Ryohei Yamanaka joined on 15 before the World XV match. Ryuji Noguchi had an injury and withdrew from the squad on 20 October, Amanaki Lotoahea replaced him.
Current New Zealand Squad
Hansen revealed a 32-man squad On 15 October 2018 before the All Blacks Northern Tour this year. The coach also named additional squad members for the test match against Japan.
Wales v Scotland
Wales will be facing Scotland during the opening fixture of Under Armour Series. The match will take place at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 3rd November. Wales and Scotland will compete for the new ‘Doddie Weir Cup’, to support former Scotland, British and Irish Lions player. The player is currently suffering a Motor Neurone Disease.
Scotland will contest an away match for the first time as part of the autumn series matches. Both these teams have contested 123 rugby test matches from the first time they met in 1883. Wales have won 71 matches, whilst Scotland has won 49 of those matches. They have drawn three matches.
Current Wales Squad
The head coach Warren Gatland revealed a 37-man squad on 16 October for the Autumn Internationals. Bradley Davies had to withdraw from the squad on 23 October due to an injury and Jarrod Evans came in as an injury cover.
Current Scotland Squad
Gregor Townsend revealed a 40-man squad On 17 October 2018 for the Autumn Internationals 2018. On 29 October, David Denton, Magnus Bradbury, Luke Crosbie, and Sam Johnson withdrew from the squad due to injuries. They were replaced by Darcy Graham and James Lang.
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England v South Africa
England will be facing South Africa at the Twickenham Stadium on the 3rd of November this Saturday during the 2018 Quilter Internationals. This is the first match England will be playing out of its four 2018 autumn internationals matches. Recently, England finished a three-test series over the Springboks. South Africa led in the first two tests, winning 23-12 in Bloemfontein and 42-39 in Johannesburg. On the other hand, England won the third match test scoring 25-10 in Cape Town.
Both these teams have contested 41 rugby test matches from the first time they met in 1906. South Africa has a total of 25 matches won, while England has won 14 of the total matches played. Both teams have drawn two matches.
Current England Squad
England revealed a 36-man squad on 18 October ahead of the Autumn Internationals 2018. Some of the notable players include George Ford and Owen Farrell who will play as fly-halves. Alex Lozowski and Henry Slade will provide cover in this position. Manu Tuilagi and Ben Te’o have been able to overcome injuries and are among the squad members.
Current South Africa Squad
On 27 October 2018, the head coach Rassie Erasmus revealed a 36-man squad for the team’s end-year outgoing tour.
Ireland v Italy
Ireland will be facing Six Nations rivals Italy. The match will take place at the Soldier Field in Chicago this Saturday 3rd November. This contest will be the top one during a triple-header of the autumn international matches. Ireland will have passionate memories of playing at the Soldier Field, which is NFL’s Chicago Bears` home ground. Ireland won against the All Blacks at the legendary 62,000 seater stadium in November 2016.
Both these teams have contested 28 rugby test matches from the first time they met in 1988. Ireland has won 24, whilst Italy has won only four matches of the total matches played.
Current Ireland Squad
Joe Schmidt released a 42-man squad On 24 October for the Autumn Internationals. The squad includes three uncapped players: Ulster centre Will Addison, Munster centre Sam Arnold and Leinster fly-half Byrne Ross.
Current Italy Squad
On 10 October, the head coach Conor O’Shea released a 37-man squad for the Autumn Internationals. Additionally, the coach invited Danilo Fischetti and Michelangelo Biondelli to train with his squad. There some players who were not considered due to injury and recent call-up. They include Ornel Gega, Giovanni Licata, Angelo Esposito, Matteo Minozzi, Federico Zani, Leonardo Sarto, and Maxime Mbanda.
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