Rugby Autumn Nations Series: How To Watch, Fixtures, Key Players, Live Stream, Start Time And Preview

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In the first Rugby Autumn Nations Series match, Scotland faced Tonga at Murrayfield on October 30. Later that day, Cardiff hosted Wales and New Zealand in a match pitting the northern and southern hemispheres.

Twenty matches across six match days in October and November will pit the best teams from both hemispheres against one another for the first time since Rugby World Cup 2019.

They are yet to play Uruguay in the Americas 1 play-off series for the Rugby World Cup 2023 but will be crossing the pond to the UK
tests versus England and Wales will occur during the July international window.

Due to COVID-19 travel limitations, Samoa had to pull out of upcoming matches against Georgia, Spain, and the Barbarians. However, on November 27, the Baa-Baas will face a European-based Samoa XV at Twickenham.

How to Watch Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

With 24/7 television coverage, you won’t miss a moment of the action.
Amazon Prime Video has licensed broadcasts of 17 of the 20 matches (including all of Wales’ games) and all matches outside Dublin.

Meanwhile, the radio broadcast rights for the Autumn Nations Series have been purchased by talkSPORT.
Just what has transpired up to this point?

Where Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

All the world-famous stadiums in the northern hemisphere will host exciting matchups in October and November.
London’s Twickenham Stadium, Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Paris’s Stade de France, and Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will all host games, but so will less well-known locales like Treviso, Italy’s Stadio Artemio Franchi, and Bordeaux, France’s Stade de la Vélodrome.

Fixers of The Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

Sat 29 Oct

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

Sat 5 Nov

  • Scotland 28-12 Fiji
  • Wales 23-55 New Zealand
  • Ireland 19-16 South Africa
  • France 30-29 Australia

Sun 6 Nov

  • England vs Argentina

Sat 12 Nov

  • Ireland vs Fiji
  • England vs Japan
  • Wales vs Argentina
  • France vs South Africa

Sun 13 Nov

  • Scotland vs New Zealand

Sat 19 Nov

  • England vs New Zealand

Sat 19 Nov

  • Wales vs Georgia
  • Scotland vs Argentina
  • Ireland vs New Zealand

Sun 20 Nov

  • France vs Japan

Sat 26 Nov

  • Wales vs Australia
  • England vs South Africa

First Round of the Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

Rufus McLean, a winger for Scotland, made his national team debut in the first rugby Autumn Nations Series match on October 30 against Tonga at Murrayfield. The try came in under seven minutes.
Scotland ran in 10 tries for a 60-14 victory, with two scored by McLean before the half-hour mark and four by winger Kyle Steyn. David Lolohea scored Tonga’s lone response, while James Faiva added three penalties.

Later that day, Beauden Barrett scored two tries as the All Blacks thrashed Wales 54-16 in Cardiff to celebrate his 100th test appearance for New Zealand.
Barrett scored a try in the fourth minute, and after less than 25 minutes of play at the Principality Stadium, the visitors were up 28-9.
In the 61st minute, Johnny Williams scored Wales’ lone try to help narrow the lead to 12 points. However, in the closing 17 minutes, the All Blacks scored four tries to seal a decisive victory.

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Second Round of the Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

In Ireland’s 60–5 victory over Japan at the Aviva Stadium, Johnny Sexton earned his 100th winning attempt and 11-point field goal kick. In Dublin, winger Andrew Conway scored a hat trick as the home team scored nine times.
The All Blacks, who had undergone significant personnel changes, then overcame Italy 47-9 in Rome to set new records for most test tries and most points scored in a calendar year.

In the 63rd minute, Sevu Reece scored New Zealand’s 93rd try of 2021, and Asafo Aumua’s first pair of tries sent the All Blacks above South Africa’s 2007 record of 658 points.
England defeated Tonga 69–3 at Twickenham, proving they could compete with either Ireland or the All Blacks. 15 points highlighted an excellent cameo performance by Marcus Smith. Jamie George, Jonny May, and Ben Youngs all scored twice.

When the rugby Autumn Nations Series reached its second weekend, world champion South Africa visited Cardiff, and a try from Malcolm Marx in the 73rd minute gave the Springboks their first victory at the Principality Stadium since 2014. Dan Biggar’s kicking put Wales up 15-9 and 18-15, but they couldn’t hold on.
Tomas Cubelli scored Argentina’s first try against France in Paris, but Les Bleus roared back to win after Thibaud Flament and Peato Mauvaka scored for France in the second half.

Mateo Carreras’s late try for Los Pumas was a consolation as Melvyn Jaminet scored 19 points from the kicking tee.
Scotland led Australia 7-3 at halftime thanks to a score from Hamish Watson in the 22nd minute of their round three matches on Sunday at Murrayfield.
While the second half got off to a sluggish start, the Wallabies came out on top thanks to a try from Rob Leota. Scotland beat Australia 15-13 thanks to an athletic finish by Ewan Ashman and a penalty by Finn Russell in the 69th minute. This was Scotland’s third consecutive win over Australia.

Third Round of the Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

Despite Stuart Hogg’s two tries against South Africa, Scotland still lost to the eventual world champions. Hogg is now tied for third on Scotland’s all-time men’s try-scoring list, behind Ian Smith and Tony Stanger.
With the help of a pair of tries from Makazole Mapimpi, the Springboks beat the Scots 30–15 in Murrayfield and recovered the top spot in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini.

Argentina defeated Italy 37-16 in Treviso thanks to five tries scored by five different players.
James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher, and Caelan Doris scored tries to lead Ireland to a 29-20 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday afternoon in Dublin.
New Zealand’s Codie Taylor and Will Jordan scored tries, but their team still lost their third consecutive encounter versus Ireland.

Freddie Steward and Jamie Blamire scored tries in England’s 8–0 victory over Australia in Saturday’s last match at Twickenham.
France defeated Georgia 41-15 on Sunday in Bordeaux, including tries from Damian Penaud (2) and Peato Mauvaka (2).
The weekend’s final match saw Fiji versus Wales in Cardiff, with the visitors leading 13-7 before a red card to Eroni Sau swung momentum back in favor of the hosts.

Fiji handled the pressure well, though, and after Waisea Nayacalevu scored his second try of the game, they led 23-14. Wales, though, scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone to seal a 38-23 victory.

Key Players Rugby Autumn Nations Series:

Due to his injury against New Zealand, Alun Wyn Jones will not be the first player to earn 150 caps for his country. The legendary second-rower has racked up 149 caps for Wales and another 13 for the British and Irish Lions.
Soon after Owen Farrell became the first player in the Lions’ history to score 100 points in a game against Japan, Farrell’s old fly-half rival, Beauden Barrett, also achieved triple digits. Barrett, 30 at the time, played his 100th game for the All Blacks at the end of October against Wales.
Both Conor Murray and Jonathan Davies, who have made 99 test appearances as of the third round, have a chance to become the newest test centurions.

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