2013 end-of-year rugby union internationals

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The 2013 end of year rugby tests, also known as the 2013 Autumn internationals in the Northern Hemisphere, were a series of international rugby union matches predominantly played between the visiting Southern Hemisphere countries; Argentina, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa, Tonga – and the European sides; England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

In 2013, a record 39 full test matches took place, with a record 24 matches including a tier 2 or tier 3 side, six of which being a tier 1 v tier 2 fixture, as the IRB builds up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[1] Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Hong Kong, Ivory Coast, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Tunisia, United States and Uruguay were all in action, with the three Pacific Island teams and Japan once again facing tier 1 opposition. Wales and France played host to Tonga, Italy hosted Fiji, Ireland hosted Samoa and Scotland hosted Japan. Japan additionally hosted New Zealand in what was their first official test encounter in Japan, and became New Zealand's first tier 2 opposition since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and their first tier 2 opposition outside the Rugby World Cup since Fiji, in the 2011 RWC warm-ups.

Australia attempted their first Grand Slam tour of the Home Nations since 2009 following their 2–1 defeat to the British and Irish Lions in June 2013. However, their first Grand Slam victory since 1984 was not possible following their 20–13 defeat to England in the opening week of their tour. In addition to their Grand Slam tour, Australia also played Italy in Turin for the first time.[2] World Champions New Zealand played France, for the fourth time in 2013, England and Ireland. South Africa played Wales, Scotland and France while Argentina played England, Wales and Italy.

In addition, the November schedule will saw historic first-ever visits by Samoa and Tonga to Georgia and Romania, respectively, as well as visits from Portugal to São Paulo to take on Brazil for a first ever Test match between the two sides. Russia played Japan and the United States at a neutral venue in the United Kingdom[3][4] after Georgia hosted both Canada and the United States. Portugal played Fiji for just their second meeting, as well as playing Canada in Lisbon, where as Spain toured South America, visiting Uruguay and Chile, before returning home to play Japan – and with Japan's non-test match against Gloucester, and other test matches, November 2013 became Japan's busiest November international window, as they prepare to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. With the ceasing of the Emirates Cup of Nations, Hong Kong will host a two-test series against Belgium ahead of their final rounds of the Rugby World Cup qualification matches that starts in February 2014.

Three invitational teams were in action against an international nation during November, all of which were non-test match fixtures. The Māori All Blacks toured North America visiting Canada and the United States, while the French Barbarians faced Samoa. The Barbarians and the Flying Fijians battled for the Killik Cup, which acted as a Centenary Match to mark 100 years of rugby in Fiji.

Like in recent seasons, New Zealand and Australia played the third and final Bledisloe Cup test match for the year, which New Zealand won 41–33.

End-of-year test matches[edit]

Bledisloe Cup – Part 3[edit]

19 October 2013
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  41–33  Australia
Try: Savea 9' c
Cane 29' c
Cruden 36' c
Read 53' m
Con: Cruden (3/4) 10', 30', 37'
Pen: Cruden (4/6) 18', 22', 34', 43'
Barrett (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Ashley-Cooper 39' c
Toomua 47' c
Kuridrani 76' c
Con: Cooper (3/3) 40', 48', 77'
Pen: Cooper (3/3) 3', 24', 32;
Drop: Cooper 15'

Notes:

  • Australia became the first team to score 33 points against New Zealand in New Zealand.[6]
  • Will Genia became just the third Australian scrum-half and the 39th Wallaby player to reach 50 test caps.[7]
  • Peter Betham made his international debut for Australia.

Week 1[edit]

2 November 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  6–54  New Zealand
Pen: Goromaru (2/2) 13', 22'
Report Try: Piutau (2) 9' c, 74' c
Cane 26' c
B. Smith 29' c
McCaw 31' c
Thrush 50' c
Halai 57 m
Barrett 67' c
Con: Carter (5/5) 10', 27', 29', 33', 51'
Barrett (2/3) 68', 75'

Notes:


2 November 2013
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  20–13  Australia
Try: Robshaw 50' c
Farrell 58' c
Con: Farrell (2/2) 31', 57'
Pen: Farrell (2/5) 3', 28',
Report Try: Toomua 31' c
Con: Cooper (1/1) 31'
Pen: Cooper (2/4) 9', 34'
Twickenham, London [10]
Attendance: 80,691
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Notes:


2 November 2013
18:30 CET (UTC+1)
Belgium  26–10  Tunisia
Try: Penalty try 16' c
K. Williams 39' c
Hendrickx 43' c
Torfs 71' m
Con: A. Williams (3/4) 17', 40', 45'
Report
(In French)
Try: Penalty try 22' c
Con: Khalifa 22'
Pen: Khalifa (1/4) 19'

3 November 2013
13:00 EDT (UTC-4)
Canada  15–40  Māori All Blacks
Try: Hassler 5' m
Carpenter 59' c
Con: Underwood (1/2) 60'
Pen: Underwood (1/2) 55'
Report Try: Guildford 14' m
Gibson-Park (2) 30' c, 50' c
Robinson 35' c
Proctor 69' c
Barrett 75' c
Con: Taylor (2/3) 31', 37'
Robinson (2/2) 51', 70'
West (1/1) 76'
BMO Field, Toronto [12]
Attendance: 22,566
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)

Week 2[edit]

8 November 2013
19:00 CET (UTC+1)
Senegal  33–10  Ivory Coast
Try: Sargos 8' c
Folliot 29' c
Penalty try 76' c
Con: Folliot (3/3) 8', 30', 76'
Pen: Folliot (4/4) 22', 40', 60'
Report Try: Coulibaly 30' c
Con: Lo (1/1) 31'
Pen: Lo (1/3) 19'

9 November 2013
16:30 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  19–15  Canada
Try: Zibzibadze 52' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 53'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (4/5) 2', 21', 26', 59'
Report Pen: Underwood (3/4) 7', 17', 33'
Jones (2/2) 37', 57'

9 November 2013
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  20–50  Australia
Try: McLean 11' c
Cittadini 62' m
Allan 78' m
Con: Di Bernardo (1/1) 13'
Pen: Di Bernardo (1/3) 4'
Report Try: Mowen 15' c
Kuridrani 21' c
Cummins (2) 31' m, 50' c
Ashley-Cooper 58' c
Tomane 66' c
Folau 68' c
Con: Cooper (4/4) 17', 22', 50', 58'
Lealiifano (2/2) 67', 70'
Pen: Lealiifano (1/1) 65'

Notes:

  • Luke McLean earned his 50th cap for Italy.
  • Tommaso Allan made his international debut for Italy and scored his first test try.

9 November 2013
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Belgium  12–36 France French Universities
Try: M. de Molder 45' c
Penalty try 79' m
Con: Brown (1/2) 45'
Report
(In French)
Try: Penalty try 9' c
Brousse 13' c
Perraux 20' c
Jedrasiak (2) 24' c, 34' m
Con: Renaud (4/5) 9', 13', 22', 25'
Pen: Renaud (1/1) 11'
Stade des Trois Tilleuls, Boitsfort [11]
Referee: Frank Himmer (Germany)

9 November 2013
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  31–12  Argentina
Try: Launchbury 12' c
Twelvetrees 20' c
Ashton 33' c
Morgan 77' c
Con: Farrell (4/4) 13', 21', 34', 77'
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 5'
Report Pen: Sánchez (3/4) 7', 45, 55'
Bosch (1/2) 17'
Twickenham, London [10]
Attendance: 76,304
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

Notes:

  • Santiago Cordero made his international debut for Argentina.
  • England win the Investec Challenge Cup, the first time the trophy has been contested.

9 November 2013
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  42–17  Japan
Try: Seymour (2) 31' m, 54' m
Laidlaw 46' c
Dickinson 63' c
Weir 68' m
Lamont 77' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/4) 47', 64'
Weir (1/2) 78'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 6, 21'
Report Try: Fukuoka (2) 43' c, 51' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 44', 52'
Pen: Goromaru (1/1) 35'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh [15]
Attendance: 32,680
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

9 November 2013
15:00 WET (UTC+0)
Portugal  13–36  Fiji
Try: Oliveira 74' c
Con: P. Leal (1/1) 75'
Pen: P. Leal (2/3) 19', 63'
Report
(In Portuguese)
Try: Nadolo 23' c
Tikoirotuma 32' c
Bai 46' m
Botia 56' m
Nalaga 69' m
Kenatale 80' c
Con: Bai (3/5) 24', 33', 80'

9 November 2013
19:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  19–18  Tonga
Try: Macovei 48' c
Con: Vlaicu (1/1) 49'
Pen: Vlaicu (4/5) 7', 40', 52', 80'
Report
(In Romanian)
Try: Lilo (2) 56' c, 77' m
Con: Apikotoa (1/1) 57'
Pen: Apikotoa (2/2) 18', 34'

9 November 2013
17:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  15–24  South Africa
Pen: Halfpenny (5/5) 2', 8', 24', 33', 55'
Report Try: De Villiers 10' c
Du Plessis 16' c
Du Preez 64' c
Con: Steyn (2/2) 11', 17'
Lambie (1/1) 65'
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 4'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [18]
Attendance: 66,490
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Notes:


9 November 2013
17:45 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  40–9  Samoa
Try: O'Mahony 25' m
O'Brien 45' c
D. Kearney (2) 65' c, 77' c
McFadden 70' c
Con: Jackson (3/5) 46', 66', 71'
Pen: Jackson (3/3) 3', 20', 40'
Report Pen: T. Pisi (2/3) 7', 30'
Fotuali'i (1/1) 63'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [19]
Attendance: 39,108
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Notes:

  • This was Irelands biggest winning margin of Samoa.
  • Jack McGrath and David Kearney, who scored two tries, made their international debut for Ireland, and Isaia Tuifua made his international debut for Samoa.

9 November 2013
17:00 CLST (UTC-3)
Chile  3–26  Spain
Pen: Perrota (1/3) 47'
Report
(In Spanish)
Try: Feijoo (2) 27' m, 74' c
Cook (2) 70' c, 79' c
Con: González (2/3) 70', 75'
Genua (1/1) 80'
Centro de Alto Rendimiento del Rugby, Santiago [20]
Referee: Claudio Antonio (Argentina)

9 November 2013
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  19–26  New Zealand
Try: Dulin 68' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 69'
Pen: Parra (4/6) 9', 24', 31', 42'
Report Try: Piutau 46' c
Read 64' c
Con: Carter (1/1) 47'
Cruden (1/1) 65'
Pen: Carter (4/4) 12', 19', 27', 44'

Notes:


9 November 2013
19:00 EST (UTC-5)
United States  19–29  Māori All Blacks
Try: Dolan 71' c
Con: Siddall (1/1) 73'
Pen: Siddall (4/4) 14', 26', 38', 63'
Report Try: Gibson-Park 5' c
Bateman (2) 43' c, 55' m
Katene 78' c
Con: Robinson (3/4) 6', 44', 79'
Pen: Robinson (1/1) 69'
PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania [12]
Attendance: 18,500
Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada)

10 November 2013
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Oxford University England 24–31  Russia
Try: Turner 16' c
Lamont 31' c
Rowlands 39' c
Con: Hudson (1/1) 17'
Taylor (2/2) 32', 40'
Pen: Janney (1/3) 21'
Report Try: Garbuzov 23' c
Simplikevich 42' m
Tsnobiladze 67' c
Penalty try 75' c
Galinovsky 80' m
Con: Kushnarev (1/2) 24'
Gaisin (2/3) 68', 75'
Oxford University Sports Centre, Oxford [22]
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

Week 3[edit]

12 November 2013
19:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Gloucester England 40–5  Japan
Try: Sharples (3) 18' m, 24' c, 38' c
Simpson-Daniel 21' c
Reynolds 64' c
Cox 75' c
Con: Cook (5/6) 22', 26', 39', 65', 76'
Report Try: Ives 2' m
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester [23]
Attendance: 6,998
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

15 November 2013
19:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Russia  13–40  Japan
Try: Ostroushko 11' c
Con: Gaisin (1/1) 12'
Pen: Gaisin (2/2) 19', 23'
Report Try: Tui 14' c
Broadhurst 43' c
Sa'u (2) 48' m, 56' c
Hirose 66' m
Con: Goromaru (3/5) 16', 43', 57'
Pen: Goromaru (3/3) 2', 26', 47'
Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay[3]
Attendance: 1,250
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

15 November 2013
20:00 BRST (UTC-2)
Brazil  0–68  Portugal
Report
(In Portuguese)
Try: G. Uva 9' c
Duarte 24' c
Simões (2) 30' m, 45' c
Oliveira 38' c
V. Uva 49' c
Foro (2) 55' c, 64' c
Bardy 71' c
Esteves 73' c
Con: P. Leal (9/10) 9', 25', 40', 46', 50', 56', 65', 71', 74'

16 November 2013
14:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  23–25  United States
Try: Kvirikashvili 13' c
Sharikadze 66' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 14', 67'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3) 4', 24' 76'
Report Try: Wyles 22' m
Scully 39' c
Wallace 55' c
Con: Siddall (2/3) 40', 56'
Pen: Siddall (2/3) 26', 80'
Rustavi Stadium, Rustavi [13]
Attendance: 6,509
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

16 November 2013
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  37–31  Fiji
Try: Parisse 29' c
McLean 33' c
Penalty try 57' c
Vosawai 68' c
Con: Orquera (3/3) 30', 34', 58'
Allan (1/1) 69'
Pen: Orquera (3/5) 3', 25', 46'
Report Try: Talebula 7' m
Nagusa (2) 47' m, 75' c
Nadolo 59' c
Nalaga 71' c
Con: Bai (2/4) 60', 72', 75'
Stadio Giovanni Zini, Cremona [14]
Attendance: 18,600
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Notes:


16 November 2013
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
French Barbarians France 20–19  Samoa
Try: Adams (2) 30' c, 60' m
Vosloo 40' m
Con: Trinh-Duc (1/3) 31'
Pen: Trinh-Duc (1/2) 75'
Report Try: Leiua 2' m
Va'aulu 17' c
Fotuali'i 41' c
Con: Fotuali'i (2/3) 18', 42'

16 November 2013
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  22–30  New Zealand
Try: Launchbury 23' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 24'
Pen: Farrell (5/5) 6, 33', 38', 52', 59'
Report Try: Savea (2) 1' c, 63' c
Read 16' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 2', 17'
Cruden (1/1) 64'
Pen: Carter (1/1) 12'
Cruden (2/3) 31', 71'
Twickenham, London [10]
Attendance: 81,739
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Notes:


16 November 2013
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  40–6  Argentina
Try: Phillips 8' c
North 23' c
Faletau 55' c
Owens 66' c
Con: Halfpenny (4/4) 9', 23', 56', 67'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 5', 17', 40', 43'
Report Pen: Sánchez (2/3) 28', 50'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [25]
Attendance: 46,253
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Gethin Jenkins become just the fourth Welsh player to earn 100 caps.
  • Samson Lee and Cory Allen made their international debuts for Wales.
  • Horacio Agulla earned his 50th cap for Argentina.
  • Wales won their first Autumn international match since beating Argentina 33–16 in 2009.
  • This is Wales biggest winning margin over Argentina.

16 November 2013
18:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  38–18  Tonga
Try: Guitoune 5' m
Chouly 40' c
Dulin 50' c
Kayser 73' c
Con: Parra (2/3) 40', 52'
Michalak (1/1) 73'
Pen: Parra (4/4) 2', 17', 28', 63'
Report Try: Vainikolo (2) 56' m, 80' c
Con: Fosita (1/1) 80'
Pen: Apikotoa (2/4) 31', 38'
Stade Océane, Le Havre [26]
Attendance: 19,968
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Notes:


16 November 2013
19:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  21–20  Canada
Pen: Vlaicu (7/8) 9', 15', 21', 38', 57', 70', 80'
Report
(In Romanian)
Try: Ardron 18' c
Jones 48' c
Con: Jones (2/2) 19', 49'
Pen: Jones (1/3) 42'
Pritchard (1/2) 76'

16 November 2013
17:45 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  15–32  Australia
Pen: Sexton (4/5) 12', 29', 33', 39'
Madigan (1/1) 56'
Report Try: Cummins 17' c
Hooper (2) 23' m, 66' c
Cooper 45' c
Con: Cooper (3/4) 18', 47', 68'
Pen: Cooper (2/3) 8', 49'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [19]
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

Notes:


16 November 2013
16:30 UYST (UTC-3)
Uruguay  16–15  Spain
Try: Mieres 73' c
Con: Ormaechea (1/1) 74'
Pen: Ormaechea (3/4) 7', 14', 54'
Report
(In Spanish)
Try: Auzqui 39' c
Feijoo 46' m
Con: Genua (1/2) 40'
Pen: Genua (1/1) 16'

17 November 2013
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  0–28  South Africa
Report Try: Alberts 4' c
Le Roux 29' c
Pietersen 31' c
Oosthuizen 52' c
Con: Lambie (4/4) 5', 30', 32', 54'
Murrayfield, Edinburgh [15][18]
Attendance: 49,278
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:

  • Jonny Gray made his international debut for Scotland.
  • JP Pietersen earned his 50th test cap for South Africa.
  • This was the first match against South Africa in which Scotland have failed to score any points since their 44–0 loss in 1951.

Week 4[edit]

22 November 2013
19:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  17–7  Tonga
Try: O. Williams 16' c
Beck 25' c
Con: Halfpenny (2/2) 16', 25'
Pen: Halfpenny (1/1) 14'
Report Try: Helu 34' c
Con: Fosita (1/1) 34'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [27]
Attendance: 46,523
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Notes:


23 November 2013
16:30 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  16–15  Samoa
Try: Sharikadze 42' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 42'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/5) 6', 19', 78'
Report Try: Leiua 13' m
Lam 26' c
Con: T. Pisi (1/2) 28'
Pen: T. Pisi (1/2) 69'
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi [17]
Attendance: 28,578
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Notes:

  • First ever win for Georgia over Samoa.

23 November 2013
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  14–19  Argentina
Try: Campagnaro 62' m
Pen: Allan (3/7) 4', 17', 24'
Report Try: Imhoff 20' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 21'
Pen: Sánchez (3/4) 33', 54', 67'
Drop: Sánchez 72'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome [14][25]
Attendance: 37,315
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

23 November 2013
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Russia  7–28  United States
Try: Garbuzov 52' c
Con: Gaisin (1/1) 53'
Report Try: Wyles 19' c
Manoa 30' m
Dolan 79' c
Con: Siddall (2/3) 20', 80'
Pen: Siddall (3/3) 41', 43', 49'

23 November 2013
15:00 WET (UTC+0)
Portugal  8–52  Canada
Try: M. Leal 62' m
Pen: P. Leal (1/1) 30'
Report Try: Hearn (2) 10' c, 56' c
Pritchard (2) 21' c, 40' m
Blevins 52' c
Braid 66' m
Paris 70' m
Con: Pritchard (4/7) 11', 22', 53', 58'
Pen: Pritchard (3/3) 28', 33', 47'
Universitário Lisboa, Lisbon [16]
Attendance: 2,829
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

23 November 2013
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
Spain  7–40  Japan
Try: Sempere 35' c
Con: Garcia (1/1) 37'
Pen: Garcia 0/1
Report
(In Spanish)
Try: Horie 46' m
Broadhurst (2) 59' c, 63' c
Hirose 69' m
Con: Goromaru (1/4) 64'
Pen: Goromaru (6/7) 2', 6', 10', 23', 39', 54'

23 November 2013
19:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  7–26  Fiji
Try: Penalty try 30' c
Con: Vlaicu (1/1) 31'
Report
(In Romanian)
Try: Talebula 13' m
Nadolo 18' m
Nagusa 41' c
Con: Bai (1/3) 42'
Pen: Bai (2/2) 38', 40'
Nadolo (1/1) 77'

23 November 2013
18:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  15–21  Australia
Pen: Laidlaw (5/6) 5', 10', 29', 36', 48'
Report Try: Folau 26' c
Feauai-Sautia 43' m
Con: Lealiifano (1/2) 27'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/7) 2', 22', 50'

Notes:

  • Kieran Low made his international debut for Scotland.
  • Jim Hamilton earned his 50th test cap for Scotland.
  • Australia reclaimed the Hopetoun Cup for the first time since 2006 after losing it in 2009 and having been unable to reclaim it in 2012.

23 November 2013
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  10–19  South Africa
Try: Huget 40' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 40'
Pen: Doussain (1/1) 73'
Report Try: Pietersen 2' c
Con: Steyn (1/1) 2'
Pen: Steyn (3/3) 26', 38', 59'
Pat Lambie (1/1) 78'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis [26]
Attendance: 75,600
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

24 November 2013
14:00 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  22–24  New Zealand
Try: Murray 4' c
Best 10' c
R. Kearney 17' m
Con: Sexton (2/3) 5', 11'
Pen: Sexton (1/2) 33'
Report Try: Savea 25' c
B. Franks 64' c
Crotty 80+1'
Con: Cruden (3/3) 26', 65', 80+2'
Pen: Cruden (1/2) 52'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [19][21]
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)