Now we are well and truly in the midst of autumn, for rugby fans everywhere this can mean only one thing – the start of the Autumn Internationals. Each year the autumn internationals bring the year's rugby union calendar to a close and whilst there may not be any silverware up for grabs, the games can shape the squads for major international tournaments going into 2018.
Offering players the chance to make a name for themselves on the world stage, you can be sure that the players pulling on their nations shirts will be doing all they can to force their way into the plans of their respective coaches.
This year, England will be going up against Argentina, Australia and Samoa and hoping they can manage three consecutive victories in what has already been a fantastic year for the white roses. Back in March, they were magnificent in the Six Nations winning their 28th title, although were denied the Grand Slam at the hands of Ireland. Manager Eddie Jones has already made it clear he wants to see his players take it up a level in these international matches ahead of the 2018 Six Nations where they’ll vie to defend their crown.
For Wales, the big test will be against New Zealand who they face in Cardiff on 25 November. The last time the Welsh managed to beat the All Blacks was back in 1953 so if they do manage to cause a shock history will be made. Whilst it may seem unlikely, coach Warren Gatland can take heart from the British & Irish Lions stunning performances in New Zealand earlier this year that saw them draw the series 1-1. Something no one expected.
Ireland will be hoping to make an impression as well, with aspirations of hosting the 2023 World Cup, they will be determined to defeat heavyweights South Africa. They also play Fiji and Argentina and whilst three wins won’t guarantee them the chance of hosting rugby’s most prestigious competition, it will do them no harm. It has now been a year since they defeated New Zealand in Chicago and Joe Schmidt will be hoping his players can put in a similarly good performance during the Autumn Internationals.
Whilst Scotland aren’t in the best of form at the moment, their match against Australia in Edinburgh on 25 November stands out. Scotland defeated the aussies back in June and will be looking forward to testing themselves against one of the best once again.
This year the Autumn Internationals run from 11 November until 2 December in what promises to be a fantastic month of high class rugby. Here at Champions Speakers, we have a whole host of fantastic former rugby stars who are well versed in the world of international rugby. These include Mike Tindall MBE, Neil Back MBE, Shane Williams MBE, Lewis Moody MBE and many more.
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