November rugby Assessments Week 1 line-ups, group information, verdicts Wales-South Africa, Italy-New Zealand, Scotland-Australia

Whereas New Zealand and Scotland opened their autumn programme with wins final Saturday, this weekend sees the Take a look at window formally open with a bumper batch of fixtures.

There are some mouth-watering matches to be performed, highlighted by the weekend’s closing encounter between Scotland and Australia at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon [BST].

Learn on as we deliver you all the most recent line-ups, group information and match verdicts as they arrive handy.

[Note: all kick-off times are local]


Eire vs. Japan, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 1.00pm

Eire: Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton (captain), Jamison Gibson Park, Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.
Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls.

Japan: Kotaro Matsushima, Dylan Riley, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Siosaia Fifita, Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare, Kazuki Himeno, Pieter Labuschagne (captain), Ben Gunter, James Moore, Jack Cornelsen, Koo Ji-won, Atsushi Sakate, Keita Inagaki

Replacements: Yusuke Niwai, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Tevita Tatafu, Naoto Saito, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryohei Yamanaka.

Crew information: Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will turn into the seventh Eire participant to win 100 take a look at caps when his facet open in opposition to Japan on the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Sexton has battled with accidents for the previous 12 months however has been cleared to return as captain of the facet and convey up his century of appearances, one in every of 11 gamers from Leinster in coach Andy Farrell’s beginning lineup.

Uncapped hooker Dan Sheehan, an explosive participant within the free, will make his debut if he comes off the bench.

In the meantime, France-based Kotaro Matsushima will begin at fullback for Japan of their autumn worldwide conflict with Eire, whereas Yu Tamura takes over the flyhalf jersey on the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

South African-born Matsushima missed final month’s 32-23 loss to Australia resulting from membership commitments with Clermont however is one in every of three adjustments to the beginning lineup from that sport.

He replaces Semisi Masirewa, whereas Dylan Riley takes over from Lomano Lemeki on the wing and Tamura is most well-liked to Rikiya Matsuda at flyhalf.


Verdict: These two groups met earlier within the yr, when Eire had been with out their British & Irish Lions stars. However Farrell’s group nonetheless emerged victorious, profitable 39-31. Japan must be higher ready this time round, nonetheless, having come off a slim defeat by Australia, whereas the inclusion of Matsushima provides one other attacking ingredient. Nonetheless, with Sexton calling the photographs at No. 10, and Lions vacationers Tadhg Furlong and Tadhg Beirne again within the pack, the hosts ought to be capable of put the squeeze on a Courageous Blossoms outfit that depends on continuity and ball retention. Eire by 12.

Italy vs. New Zealand, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 2.00pm

Italy: Matteo Minozzi, Federico Mori, Juan Ignacio Brex, Marco Zanon, Montanna Ioanne, Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney, Renato Giammarioli, Michele Lamaro, Sebastian Negri, David Susi, Marco Fuser, Marco Riccioni, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Danilo Fishcetti.
Replacements: Luca Bigi, Ivan Nemer, Pietro Ceccarelli, Niccolo Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Abraham Steyn, Callum Braley, Carlo Cana.

New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, Quinn Tupaea, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Brad Weber, Hoskins Sotutu, Sam Cane (captain), Luke Jacobson, Josh Lord, Tupou Vaa’i, Tyrel Lomax, Dane Coles, George Bower.
Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Ethan de Groot, Ofa Tuungafasi, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Finlay Christie, David Havili, Jordie Barrett.

Crew information: Richie Mo’unga will begin at flyhalf as one in every of various adjustments to a largely second-string New Zealand facet to deal with Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Mo’unga replaces Beauden Barrett as coach Ian Foster rests a few of his traditional starters, with wing Sevu Reece, scrumhalf Brad Weber, lock Tupou Vaa’i and prop Tyrel Lomax transferring into the lineup from the facet that thumped Wales 54-16 in Cardiff final weekend.

In the meantime, Italy coach Kieran Crowley has named an skilled group for his first sport in cost since succeeding Franco Smith, who has moved into a brand new position because the nation’s head of excessive efficiency.

“On Saturday the main target shall be on our efficiency as we proceed alongside the trail geared toward creating a really particular group id,” Crowley stated.


Verdict: All Blacks coach Foster has taken the chance to rotate in among the rising stars in his squad, with the likes of Quinn Tupaea, Hoskins Sotutu, Luke Jacobson, Josh Lord, Tupou Vaa’i, Tyrel Lomax, all getting the possibility to chop free in opposition to Italy. And they need to have little hassle opening up the Italians’ defence, notably with Richie Mo’unga calling the photographs at fly-half. Barrett’s efficiency in opposition to Wales final week will not have been misplaced on Mo’unga, who will need to present why he must be the person to begin the large Assessments in opposition to Eire and France over the subsequent fortnight. This shall be a snug win for the All Blacks. New Zealand by 45.

England vs. Tonga, Twickenham, London, 3.15pm

England: Freddie Steward, Adam Radwan, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny Might, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Ellis Genge,. Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry.
Replacements: Jamie Blamire, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Alex Dombrandt, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, George Furbank.

Tonga: Telusa Veainu, Walter Fifita, Mali Hingano, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Solomone Kata; Kurt Morath, Sontane Takulua; Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Paul Ngauamo, Ben Tameifuna, Leva Fifita, Tanginoa Halaifonua, Lopeti Timani, Mateaki Kafatolu, Sione Vailanu
Replacements: Siua Maile, Loni Uhila, Ma’afu Fia, Setefano Funaki, Onehunga Havili, Leon Fukofuka, James Faiva, Viliami Fantastic.

Crew information: England captain Owen Farrell is a doubt for the match in opposition to Tonga at Twickenham on Saturday after returning a constructive COVID-19 take a look at and lacking the Captain’s Run on Friday.

He has been positioned in isolation and can bear additional assessments. If he can’t play, Marcus Smith is prone to begin at flyhalf and Eddie Jones should decide a brand new captain.

Inside centre Manu Tuilagi makes his first look for England since March 2020, after getting back from damage, with Henry Slade at outdoors centre. Ben Youngs will win his a hundred and tenth cap at scrumhalf, with uncapped Alex Mitchell among the many replacements. Winger Adam Radwan will win his second cap, with Freddie Steward profitable his third at fullback.


Verdict: Whereas the provision of Farrell, both method, is unlikely to have a lot affect on the end result of England’s opening fixture of their Autumn programme, Jones shall be hoping to area his strongest potential facet and uncover some cohesion forward of big matches in opposition to Australia and South Africa within the coming weeks. With that in thoughts, the inexperienced pair of Steward and Radwan shall be hoping to chop free in what is predicted to be a high-scoring England win, and catch Jones’ eye with some attacking aptitude. Smith’s long-awaited England debut is one other intriguing sub-plot, and Jones would relish the possibility of taking part in the teenager at No.10, with Farrell in behind at inside centre. Tonga are unlikely to place up a lot opposition, in what’s the first assembly of those groups outdoors of a Rugby World Cup. England by 35.

Wales vs. South Africa, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 5.30pm

Wales : Johnny McNicholl, Louis Rees-Zammit, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams, Aaron Wainwright, Taine Basham, Ellis Jenkins, Adam Beard, Will Rowlands, Tomas Francis, Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre.
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Wyn Jones, WillGriff John, Ben Carter, Seb Davies, Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Liam Williams.

South Africa: Damian Willemse, Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handré Pollard, Herschel Jantjies, Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (captain), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nche.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn

Crew information: South Africa fullback Damian Willemse has been handed a uncommon begin as one in every of 4 adjustments to the match-day squad for the autumn worldwide collection match in opposition to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Jesse Kriel replaces wing Sbu Nkosi, who had his journey to Europe from South Africa delayed by passport and visa points, whereas Herschel Jantjies is at scrumhalf with Faf de Klerk unavailable via damage.

Wales loose-forward Ellis Jenkins will play his first worldwide Take a look at in three years as one in every of six adjustments made by coach Wayne Pivac.

He is available in to exchange Ross Moriarty, who like skipper Alun Wyn Jones was injured within the 54-16 mauling by New Zealand final weekend.

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Verdict: It does not get any simpler for Wales after final week’s late capitulation in opposition to the All Blacks, with the world champions arriving in Cardiff eager to get their spring tour off to a profitable begin. Worryingly for the Welsh, the Springboks actually began to seem like their outdated selves in back-to-back Assessments with the All Blacks to shut out the Rugby Championship, after earlier battling in opposition to the Wallabies. They may really feel the lack of De Klerk however the ongoing number of Kwagga Smith within the back-row provides a far higher stability to the free ahead unit. Wales, in the meantime, will welcome the return of Dan Biggar and Louis Rees-Zammit, whereas No. 7 Taine Basham shall be trying to again up his sturdy sport in opposition to the All Blacks with one other dogged breakdown efficiency this weekend. The lack of Alun Wyn Jones is large for the hosts, although, and the Boks forwards will actually look to dominate in consequence. South Africa by 8.

France vs. Argentina, Stade de France, Paris, 9.30pm

France: Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Romain Ntamack, Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (capt.), Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Francois Cros, Paul Willemse, Thibaud Flament, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Gregory Alldritt, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Jonathan Danty.

Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matías Moroni, Jeronimo De La Fuente, Mateo Carreras, Santiago Carreras, Tomas Cubelli, Facundo Isa, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Julian Montoya (captain), Thomas Gallo

Replacements: Facundo Bosch, Rodrigo Martinez, Santiago Medrano, Lucas Paulos, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Nicolas Sanchez, Lucio Cinti.

Crew information: France have handed a debut to Toulouse lock Thibaud Flament as coach Fabien Galthie makes 11 adjustments from their final outing for facet’s conflict with Argentina on the Stade de France.

Solely free forwards Cameron Woki and Anthony Jelonch, who’s not captain, plus backs Damian Penaud and Melvyn Jaminet stay from the group that misplaced 33-30 within the third and closing Take a look at in opposition to Australia in Brisbane in July.

Antoine Dupont was named captain final month and can accomplice flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert, whereas Romain Ntamack has been moved to centre the place he covers for injured midfielders Virimi Vakatawa and Arthur Vincent.

In the meantime, scrum-half Tomas Cubelli has returned to the Argentina line-up as coach Mario Ledesma named his facet to tackle France of their autumn worldwide take a look at in Paris on Saturday.

The group options eight adjustments from their closing match of the Rugby Championship the place they misplaced 32-17 to Australia in Townsville final month.

Free ahead Facundo Isa and backline gamers Jeronimo De La Fuente and Bautista Delguy are additionally again after damage, whereas the influential Pablo Matera has been restored to the facet after lacking the final Take a look at having violated COVID-19 laws in Australia.


Verdict: These two groups have a behavior of taking part in out thrilling encounters with greater than a contact of drama, their most up-to-date assembly on the 2019 World Cup a case-in-point. However it is a completely different French outfit, and one determined to begin constructing some momentum forward of their house World Cup. The mix of Antoine Dupont, Jalibert and Ntamack shall be fascinating to look at, whereas Cameron Woki was one of many standout performers from Les Bleus’ 2-1 loss in Australia in July. Argentina, in the meantime, are with out a win in six Assessments having dropped all of their Rugby Championship encounters. Matera is an enormous inclusion, however he wants higher contributions and higher self-discipline from the remainder of his teammates within the pack if the Pumas are going to remain in contact right here. France by 15.


Scotland vs. Australia, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 2.15pm

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Value; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson
Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Jamie Hodgson, Josh Bayliss, George Horner, Adam Hastings, Kyle Steyn

Australia: Andrew Kellaway, Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, James O’Connor, Nic White; James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper, Rob Valetini
Replacements: Connal McInerney, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Will Skelton, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Kurtley Beale, Izaia Perese

Crew information: Gregor Townsend has made six adjustments to his group from final weekend’s thumping of Tonga, with captain Stuart Hogg and flyhalf Finn Russell returning to what’s an skilled Scotland facet. British & Irish Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe additionally returns to the facet, together with Chris Harris, Sam Skinner and Grant Gilchrist.

Prop Pierre Schoeman is the one one in every of final weekend’s 4 debutants to retain his place and begins within the entrance row together with Glasgow pair George Turner and Zander Fagerson. The again row can be unchanged, with Lion Hamish Watson and vice-captain Jamie Ritchie beginning both facet of Matt Fagerson.

Ali Value renews his half-back partnership with Russell, Harris joins Sam Johnson within the centre, whereas Darcy Graham completes the again three as he’s moved to the wing. Kyle Steyn drops to the bench following his four-try show final weekend, alongside the uncapped Ewan Ashman.

Kurtley Beale is about to make his first Wallabies look because the 2019 Rugby World Cup after being named on the bench for Australia’s journey to Murrayfield. Beale, who has received 92 caps for his nation, is one in every of three skilled gamers who’ve been recalled by head coach Dave Rennie, together with Rory Arnold and Will Skelton, with the previous beginning within the second row.

James O’Connor has been named at flyhalf, with Andrew Kellaway coming in at fullback rather than the injured Reece Hodge. Again Izaia Perese might make his Wallabies debut after being named on the bench. Michael Hooper captains the facet in an unchanged again row alongside Rob Leota and Rob Valetini.


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