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Autumn Internationals 2021 Guide

The Covid pandemic meant that the traditional 2020 Autumn Internationals in the British & Irish Isles, against the might of the southern hemisphere, was cancelled and replaced with the Autumn Nations Cup, played behind closed doors. We, therefore, look forward enormously to the 2021 Autumn Internationals, when we can once again look ahead to the southern hemisphere teams providing the biggest challenge in rugby union for the home nations. The Rugby Union autumn international series of games is one of the major sporting highlights of November.

The series is often a good indicator of form for the upcoming 2022 Guinness Six Nations in February and March, and the games will be a welcome addition to the year’s sporting calendar. Many fans will be eager to see rugby powerhouses from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa once more playing in Europe’s premier rugby union stadiums.

England Autumn International Fixtures

England will play three matches as part of their Autumn International series at Twickenham Stadium. The first opponents are now confirmed as Tonga, which will no doubt prove an interesting challenge following their latest clash during Rugby World Cup 2019.

England will also play Australia for the first time since the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Japan. England was victorious with a commanding 40-16 win and will be hopeful of their chances this time around.

In the final game of the series, England will face world champions, South Africa, for a grudge match, their first meeting since the Springboks beat England 32-12 at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final. England will feel they have the upper hand at Twickenham Stadium, and we are anticipating a classic encounter.

Wales Autumn International Fixtures

Wales have now confirmed their Autumn International plans at Principality Stadium, with a total of four fixtures against some of the best teams in the Southern Hemisphere. First up is New Zealand who will provide a punishing test right out of the gate on Saturday 30th October.

Next up, Wales will take on Rugby World Cup 2019 winners South Africa in a rematch of the semi-final in Japan, this will be a highlight of the rugby calendar for sure. Fiji then heads to Cardiff on the third weekend, and while not a sure thing Wales are no doubt confident of a victory.

Finally, Wales face Australia after two years apart. Wales will be aiming for a third successive victory in a row, but this is always a close fought fixture, and anything could happen.

Scotland Autumn International Fixtures

Scotland has four (initially three) fixtures set for their Autumn International campaign at BT Murrayfield Stadium. The first of which is against Tonga, which was added late in the game to extend the series.

The second is against Australia, who has traditionally performed well against the Scots, though the last few encounters have seen Australia on the back foot.

Scotland then faces current world champions South Africa, which will certainly prove a tough test for the home side. The last time they triumphed was in 2010, however, Scotland had a strong showing in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations Championship and are an emerging side.

Finally, Scotland will then take on Rugby World Cup 2019 darlings, Japan, for the ultimate rematch after their last encounter saw them lose 28-21.

Ireland Autumn International Fixtures

Ireland has recently confirmed that they will face three opponents for their Autumn international series with their first match against Rugby World Cup darlings Japan on Saturday 6th November at the Aviva Stadium.

After what many will perceive as a warm-up act, Ireland will then take on New Zealand in possibly their most punishing test of the year. This fixture is always incredibly popular, and with crowds returning to stadiums, this is sure to be a sell-out.

Bookending the tournament is Argentina, who has yet to beat Ireland on home soil, though this stubborn side has pulled off surprises before and has a great track record over the Irish, which may surprise some.

France Autumn International Fixtures

France has now confirmed that it will be facing Argentina and New Zealand at the Stade de France as part of its Autumn Rugby campaign. They also face Georgia, but this will be held at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux.

The world will no doubt be looking on with interest at the New Zealand fixture as a key indicator to the performance of each side before the next Rugby World Cup in 2023.

Autumn International Fixtures

 Date

Match

Venue

Location

Kick-Off

Saturday 30th October 2021 Scotland v Tonga BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh 2:30pm
Saturday 30th October 2021 Wales v New Zealand Principality Stadium Cardiff 5:15pm
Saturday 6th November 2021 Ireland v Japan Aviva Stadium Dublin 1:00pm
Saturday 6th November 2021 England v Tonga Twickenham Stadium Twickenham, London 3:15pm
Saturday 6th November 2021 Wales v South Africa Principality Stadium Cardiff 5:30pm
Saturday 6th November 2021 France v Argentina Stade de France Saint-Denis, Paris 8:00pm
Sunday 7th November 2021 Scotland v Australia BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh 2:15pm
Saturday 13th November 2021 Scotland v South Africa BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh 1:00pm
Saturday 13th November 2021 Ireland v New Zealand Aviva Stadium Dublin 3:15pm
Saturday 13th November 2021 England v Australia Twickenham Stadium Twickenham, London 5:30pm
Sunday 14th November 2021 Wales v Fiji Principality Stadium Cardiff 3:15pm
Saturday 20th November 2021 Scotland v Japan BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh 1:00pm
Saturday 20th November 2021 England v South Africa Twickenham Stadium Twickenham, London 3:15pm
Saturday 20th November 2021 Wales v Australia Principality Stadium Cardiff 5:30pm
Saturday 20th November 2021 France v New Zealand Stade de France Saint-Denis, Paris 8:00pm
Sunday 21st November 2021 Ireland v Argentina Aviva Stadium Dublin 2:15pm
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