This year as the Rugby hemispheres collide; each of the home nations has cause for optimism going into their perennially challenging Autumn International fixtures against the likes of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The home nations will be buoyed by the involvement of their respective players in the first victorious Lions series since 1997. The Welsh will take particular confidence from this with 16 players involved on the tour. The Australians however, who have fixtures against England, Scotland and Ireland, will be out for revenge.
England’s Autumn International Rugby Fixtures
England go into their Autumn Internationals buoyed by a promising performance from their rising stars in 2013 Six Nations, coming close to winning the Championship. They face a tough series at Twickenham against Australia, New Zealand and emerging force Argentina. Travelling England fans will be pleased with a full set of Saturday fixtures.
England v Australia – Saturday 2nd November 2013 K.O. 14:30
England v Argentina – Saturday 9th November 2013 K.O. 14:30
England v New Zealand – Saturday 16th November 2013 K.O. 14:30
Wales’ Autumn International Rugby Fixtures
In recent year’s Wales have been the dominant force in Northern hemisphere rugby, successfully defending their Six Nations Crown in 2013 as they dealt a reality check to a young England side on the final day. It is time they imposed themselves on the world stage and a visit from 2007 World Champions South Africa is the perfect opportunity. The second fixture sees two of the world’s most formidable forward packs go head-to-head as the likes of Adam Jones squares up against Argentina’s forward line.
Wales v South Africa – Saturday 9th November 2013 K.O. 17:30
Wales v Argentina – Friday 16th November 2013 K. O. 14:30
Wales v Tonga – Saturday 22nd November 2013 K.O. 19:30
Scotland’s Autumn International Rugby Fixtures
In their first tournament since the departure of head coach Andy Robinson, Scotland finished a respectable 3rd in a hard fought Six Nations campaign and will be looking to build on this in their Autumn test matches. The Scots will be hoping to warm up with a convincing win against Japan before tough tests against South Africa and Australia.
Scotland v Japan – Saturday 9th November 2013 K.O. TBC
Scotland v South Africa – Sunday 17th November 2013 K.O. 15:00
Scotland v Australia – Saturday 23rd November 2013 K.O. 18:00
Ireland’s Autumn International Fixtures
The Irish are also a team in transition, recently parting with long time head coach Declan Kidney following a disappointing 2013 Six Nations performance, narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon. Joe Schmidt has recently been confirmed as the permanent head coach and Ireland will hope that a combination of experience stars such as Brian O’Discroll and new talent Tommy Bowe can make ammends for previous disappointments. Fixtures against Australia and New Zealand will provide a tough test.
Ireland v Australia – Saturday 16th November 2013 K.O 5.45pm
Ireland v New Zealand – Saturday 24th November K.O 2pm