International Test Rugby Results – Week Three

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell.

In a memorable weekend, there were over a dozen International Test Rugby matches played across Europe. Both Men’s and Women’s teams competed on the International stage–some predictable results, while there were some incredible match outcomes.

International Test Rugby Results – Week Three

If anyone were to tell you last week, that Italy would secure a win during the Autumn International window, you might say ‘they were dreaming’. Well, dreams can come true. The Italian nation are still celebrating one of their greatest victories, as the Azzuri (main picture) defeated the touring South Africa side 20-18 in Florence.

While that International Test Rugby result may haunt the Springboks, others will rejoice in their success. Tonga were over the moon in defeating the United States. So was Romania–winning 21-16 over Canada in Bucharest, it was a great step forward for European rugby.

The one other significant result on Saturday, was the Ireland v New Zealand outcome. The All Blacks managed to avenge the loss in Chicago, but the effort put in by each side gave credibility to the match. Rugby of the highest standard, not just a friendly-game. It was worthy of a World Cup final, and during the week that Ireland formally announced their bid to host the 2023 RWC. It was a re-match worth waiting for.

Another factor that is a wonderful tribute to the sport, are the different hosting cities. From the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastian, Spain to the Stade de la Rabine, in Vannes, France. Those cities and towns have been wonderful hosts, for not only their venues but also the people and crowds that enjoyed International Test Rugby on their doorstep.

International Test Rugby Results

Week Three would see an even higher volume of matches than the week before. Teams were now playing their second or third matches, so sides could build in combinations and patterns. Women’s matches are noted (W).

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Sunday November 13

Ireland 10 England 12 (W) – UCD Bowl, DUBLIN

Wednesday Nov 16

Harlequins 10 Maori All Blacks 26Twickenham Stoop, London

Friday Nov 18

Scotland 5 Spain 10 (W) – Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

Saturday Nov 19

Georgia 20 Samoa 16 – Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi

Romania 21 Canada 16 – Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucuresti

Italy 20 South Africa 18 – Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Tonga 20 United States 17 – Estadio Anoeta, Spain

Spain 33 Uruguay 16 – Stadium Ciudad de Malaga, Malaga

France 23 Australia 25 – Stade de France, Paris

England 20 New Zealand 25 (W) – Twickenham Stoop, London

Ireland 7 Canada 48 (W) – UCD Bowl, Dublin

Ireland 9 New Zealand 21Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Wales 33 Japan 30 – Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Scotland 19 Argentina 16 – Murrayfield, Edinburgh

England 58 Fiji 15 – Twickenham, London

Twickenham
Akapusi Qera of Fiji (Photo by David Rogers – Getty Images)

After another great weekend, teams will now travel to the next city and prepare for week four. This maybe the final match for some most nations, so improvements can still be made.

For teams like Romania, Italy and Tonga, they will still be on a high. Others; like South Africa and Canada will have retribution on their minds. A common motivating factor, there is pride and important World Rugby rankings on the line too.

Beside the rankings, one team are close to achieving a feat of great importance. Australia have one goal left for 2016–a Grand Slam. After winning against France, the fated streak of victories over the home nations is next on the list: Ireland, followed by England. How they go next weekend will determine if they can dream big, or they fall flat?

UPCOMING FIXTURES–WEEK FOUR

Wednesday November 23

France v United States (W) – Stade de la Mediterranee, Béziers

Canada v New Zealand (W) – Donnybrook, Dublin

Thursday Nov 24

French Barbarians v Australia – Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

Friday Nov 25

Samoa v Canada – Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

France v USA (W) – Altrad Stadium, Montpellier

Saturday Nov 26

Spain v Scotland (W) – Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid

Scotland v Georgia – Rugby Park, Kilmarnock

England v Argentina – Twickenham, London

Italy v Tonga – Stadio Euganeo, Padova

Fiji v Japan – Stade de la Rabine, Vannes

Romania v Uruguay – Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucuresti

England v Canada (W) – Twickenham, London

Ireland v Australia – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Wales v South Africa – Principality Stadium, Cardiff

France v New Zealand – Stade de France, Paris

Look forward to full coverage from Last Word On Rugby, everywhere from Stadio Euganeo to Kilmarnock, Scotland, to the Stade de France. Let LWOR update you weekly with all the International Test Rugby Results.

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