National teams each looked to begin their program of fixtures during the Autumn International window this weekend. A mix of ‘good and bad’ for most–plus a few upsets- but overall, the International Test Rugby Results were a welcome back to cheering on your country for most rugby fans.
Across several Northern Hemisphere continents, the World Rugby calendar was full. While not every nation kicked off their campaigns [England, Scotland and France among them] others set about restoring national pride.
Beside the emotive reasons, many would have a keen eye on Rugby Rankings that changed to a large degree–the winners being Ireland and Argentina–at the expense of Wales (whom lost to Australia–see main picture) and France who did not play.
— RugbyRedefined (@RedefinedRugby) November 6, 2016
International Test Rugby Results
With many sides were ‘set and ready’ to begin a four or five week schedule, Week One began in the United States with a the Chicago Double-header featuring the US Eagles, Maori All Blacks, Ireland and the All Blacks.
Friday November 4
US EAGLES 7 MAORI ALL BALCKS 54 – Chicago, USA
Saturday November 5
FIJI 37 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 10 – Suva, FIJI
JAPAN 20 ARGENTINA 54 – Tokyo, JAPAN
ISRAEL 23 CROATIA 16 – Netanya, ISRAEL
UKRAINE 12 NETHERLANDS 54 – Lviv, UKRAINE
LITHUANIA 11 LATVIA 6 – Siauliai, LITHUANIA
— Rugby Europe (@rugby_europe) November 5, 2016
WALES 8 AUSTRALIA 32 – Cardiff, WALES
BARBARIANS 31 SOUTH AFRICA 31 (draw) – London, ENGLAND
LUXEMBOURG 0 SWEDEN 19 – Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG
IRELAND 40 NEW ZEALAND 29 – Chicago, USA
With some matches being played in the Rugby Europe conference tournament, there were a great range of nations playing. Entering one of the more busy periods of the year, there are both men’s and women’s teams playing.
There are many women’s games (W) planned for in June, including tours by New Zealand and Canada. Several 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup group qualifying games are also scheduled, so expect much attention on the ladies, as much as the men in November.
UPCOMING FIXTURES–WEEK TWO
Tuesday November 8
CZECH REPUBLIC v BARBARIANS – Prague, Czech Republic
Wednesday November 9
ENGLAND v FRANCE – Twickenham Stoop, London (W)
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 2, 2016
Friday November 11
MUNSTER v MAORI ALL BLACKS – Limerick, IRELAND
BARBARIANS v FIJI – Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
Saturday November 12
WALES v ARGENTINA – Principality Stadium, Cardiff
SPAIN v TONGA – Madrid, SPAIN
SCOTLAND v AUSTRALIA – Murrayfield, Edinburgh
ITALY v NEW ZEALAND – Stadio Olympico, Rome
PORUGAL v BELGIUM – Setubal, Portugal
GEORGIA v JAPAN – Tbilisi, Georgia
With that fixture list, it covers most of the Tier One and Two nations playing in Week Two of the Autumn Internationals. Such a great choice, many rugby fans in Europe will be spoiled for choice.
Look forward to full coverage from Last Word On Rugby, with many correspondents reporting from the ground. From the Twickenham Stoop to Portugal, let LWOR update you weekly on all the International Test Rugby Results.
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