2006 mid-year rugby union internationals

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The 2006 mid-year rugby union tests (also known as the Summer Internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) refers to the Rugby union Test matches played during between May and June in 2006. It saw several tests between the touring Northern Hemisphere sides and the home Southern Hemisphere sides, including a test series between Australia and England, Argentina and Wales, New Zealand and Ireland and South Africa and Scotland. France played Romania and the Springboks, while Italy played Fiji and Japan. In addition to this, the Barbarains ended their season with victories over England and Georgia and a defeat to Scotland.

Most of the fixtures acted as end-of-season tours of the Northern Hemisphere nations, and pre season matches for the Tri Nations Series and Pacific 5 Nations for the Southern Hemisphere nations.

Overview[edit]

Series[edit]

Tour Result Victor
Australia v England test series 2–0  Australia
Argentina v Wales test series 2–0  Argentina
New Zealand v Ireland test series 2–0  New Zealand
South Africa v Scotland test series 2–0  South Africa

Other tours[edit]

Team/Tour Opponents
Barbarians tour  England (W) -  Scotland (L) -  Georgia (W)
French tour  Romania (W) -  South Africa (D)
Italian tour  Japan (W) -  Fiji (L)

Fixtures[edit]

Week 1[edit]


31 May 2006
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
Scotland  66 – 19 Barbarians

4 June 2006
13:00 (UTC+04)
Georgia  19 – 28 Barbarians

Week 2[edit]

10 June 2006
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  34 – 23  Ireland
Try: Howlett
Muliaina
Flavell
Con: McAlister (2)
Pen: McAlister (5)
Report Try: O'Driscoll
Trimble
Con: O'Gara (2)
Pen: O'Gara (3)
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 29,850
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
  • The scoreline belied the closeness of the contest, as Ireland were 20 minutes away from a first-ever win over the All Blacks, holding a 23–15 lead halfway through the second half.

10 June 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  36 – 16  Scotland
Try: Snyman
Paulse
Montgomery
Burger
Con: Montgomery (2)
Pen: Montgomery (4)
Report Try: Webster
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson (3)
ABSA Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 32,500
Referee: Donal Courtney (Ireland)
  • This was Scotland's largest-ever defeat in South Africa.

11 June 2006
14:45 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  27 – 25  Wales
Try: Leguizamón
Núñez Piossek
Leonelli
Con: Todeschini (3)
Pen: Todeschini (2)
Report Try: M. Jones
Evans
Hook
Con: Robinson (2)
Pen: Robinson (2)
Raul Conti Stadium, Puerto Madryn
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
  • This was Argentina's first-ever Test in Patagonia. The choice of Wales as the opponent was especially significant, as Puerto Madryn is at the heart of an area settled by Welsh people in the 1860s and where the Welsh language is still frequently spoken.

11 June 2006
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  34 – 3  England
Try: Latham
Gerrard
Blake
Con: Mortlock (2)
Pen: Mortlock (5)
Pen: Barkley
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 62,124
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

11 June 2006
14:05 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  6 – 52  Italy
Pen: Ikeda (2)
Try: Sole
Bortolussi
Dallan
Mi. Bergamasco (2)
Dellapè
de Jager
Con: Pez (4)
Bortolussi (3)
Pen: Pez
Chichibunomiya, Tokyo
Attendance: 8,826
Referee: Scott Young (Australia)

Week 3[edit]

17 June 2006
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  27 – 17  Ireland
Try: Dermody
Kelleher
McAlister
Con: McAlister (3)
Pen: McAlister (2)
Report Try: Flannery
O'Connell
Con: O'Gara (2)
Pen: O'Gara
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

17 June 2006
14:45 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  45 – 27  Wales
Try: Tiesi (2)
J. M. Fernández Lobbe
Con: Todeschini (3)
Pen: Todeschini (8)
Report Try: Delve
S. Williams
Byrne
Con: Robinson
Hook (2)
Pen: Hook (2)
Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 18,102
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
  • Argentina win a Test series against Wales for the first time ever.

17 June 2006
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  43 – 18  England
Try: Smith
Gerrard (2)
Tuqiri
Chisholm
Latham
Con: Mortlock (5)
Pen: Mortlock
Try: Chuter
Varndell
Con: Goode
Pen: Goode
Drop: Goode
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 41,278
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
  • This was England's fifth consecutive Test defeat, their worst streak since 1984. Australia's George Gregan made his 120th international appearance, setting an all-time record for the sport.[1]

17 June 2006
20:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji  29 – 18  Italy
Try: Ligairi
Caucaunibuca
Rauluni
Salabog
Con: Bai (3)
Pen: Bai
Report Try: Sole
Lo Cicero
Con: Pez
Pen: Pez (2)
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
  • Fiji claim a Six Nations scalp for the first time since 2000, when they defeated Italy (then newly admitted to the Six Nations), the last time the Azzurri visited Churchill Park.

17 June 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  29 – 15  Scotland
Try: Du Preez
Pen: Montgomery (7)
Van der Westhuyzen
Try: Macfadyen
Webster
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson
EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)
  • Fullback Percy Montgomery became the first Springbok to score 600 Test points.

Week 4[edit]

24 June 2006
18:00 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia  37 – 15  Ireland
Try: Latham
Gerrard
Holmes
Gregan
Shepherd
Con: Mortlock (3)
Pen: Mortlock (2)
Report Try: O'Gara
Best
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 38,200
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)

24 June 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  26 – 36  France
Try: Russell
Pen: Montgomery (7)
Report Try: Heymans
Clerc (2)
Traille
Con: Yachvili (2)
Pen: Yachvili (2)
Drop: Fritz
Traille
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
  • South Africa suffered their first defeat at home since 2003. The result meant that the teams switched places in the world rankings, with France overtaking South Africa for second.

24 June 2006
20:40 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  19 – 25  New Zealand
Try: Durand
Con: Todeschini
Pen: Todeschini (4)
Report Try: Carter
MacDonald
Hamilton
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (2)
Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 37,000
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

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