2013 mid-year rugby union internationals

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The 2013 mid-year rugby union tests (also known as the Summer Internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) refer to the international rugby union matches that were played in June 2013, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.

These matches were played in the second year of the global rugby calendar established by the International Rugby Board (IRB), which will run until 2019. They included tests between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere nations, whilst some of the touring teams played mid-week matches against provincial or regional sides.

The international window coincided with the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, consisting of a three-test series against Australia, plus seven non-test matches. South Africa hosted a quadrangular tournament, with Italy, Samoa and Scotland. France toured New Zealand, playing a three-test series and a mid-week match against the Blues. England played a two-test series against Argentina, after a warm-up match against South American XV, made up of players from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Before touring South America, England also played an uncapped match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Like in 2012, the new global calendar provided expanded Test opportunities for Tier 2 nations. Japan hosted a two-test tour by Wales, their first home matches against a Tier 1 side since their defeat against Italy in 2006. Ireland visited North America, playing one test each against United States and Canada. Argentina played Georgia for the first time on home soil, and for the first time outside the Rugby World Cup.

For Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the matches acted as warm-ups ahead of the 2013 Rugby Championship.

Overview[edit]

Event Result Victor
Australia v British & Irish Lions test series 1–2 British and Irish Lions
New Zealand v France test series 3–0  New Zealand
Argentina v England test series 0–2  England
Japan v Wales test series 1–1 Drawn
South African Quadrangular Tournament  South Africa

Note:

  • The South African Quadrangular Tournament was a tournament that consisted of hosts South Africa and three visiting nations; Italy, Scotland and Tier 2 nation Samoa. South Africa beat Samoa in the final.

Other tours[edit]

Team/Tour Opponents
Barbarians end of season tour  England (lost) – British and Irish Lions (lost)
Ireland tour  United States (won) –  Canada (won)

Matches[edit]

26 May 2013
13:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  40–12 Barbarians
Try: Burns 1' c
Yarde 43' c
Eastmond 55' m
Wade 61' c
Twelvetrees 66' m
Con: Burns (3/4) 1', 44', 62'
Pen: Burns (3/3) 4', 11', 24'
Report Try: Brits 70' m
Daly 77' c
Con: Evans (1/2) 78'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,601
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

1 June 2013
19:30 HKT (UTC+8)
British and Irish Lions 59–8 Barbarians
Try: O'Connell 27' c
Phillips (2) 32' c, 43' c
Davies 57' c
Cuthbert (2) 60', 69'
Lydiate 74'
A.W. Jones 80+1' m
Con: Farrell (3/3) 27', 32', 43'
Sexton (2/5) 58', 76'
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 3', 20', 40'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Fotuali'i 56' m
Pen: Daly (1/1) 15'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 28,643
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

2 June 2013
15:30 UYT (UTC-3)
CONSUR XV 21–41  England
Try: Penalty try 17' c
Sansot 43' c
Magno 68' c
Con: Madero (3/3) 18', 44', 69'
Report Try: Foden (2) 20' m, 47' m
Vunipola (3) 29' c, 32' c, 35 m
Wood 39' c
Doran-Jones 58' m
Con: Myler (3/7) 30', 33', 40'

8 June 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  18–22  Wales
Try: Broadhurst 38' m
Fujita 69' c
Con: Goromaru (1/2) 70'
Pen: Goromaru (2/4) 15', 20'
Report Try: Robinson 63' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 64'
Pen: Biggar (4/5) 23', 29', 46', 59'
Patchell (1/1) 79'

Notes:


8 June 2013
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  23–13  France
Try: A. Smith 32' c
Cane 37' c
Con: Cruden (2/2) 33', 38
Pen: Cruden (3/6) 21', 60', 74'
Report Try: Fofana 9' c
Con: Machenaud (1/1) 10'
Pen: Machenaud (1/2) 35'
Lopez (1/1) 46'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,561
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

8 June 2013
16:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  3–32  England
Pen: Bustos Moyano (1/4) 40'
Report Try: Strettle 17' m
Twelvetrees 25' c
Morgan 31' c
Vunipola 80'
Con: Burns (3/4) 26', 32', 80'
Pen: Burns (2/2) 8', 11'

8 June 2013
19:30 CDT (UTC-5)
United States  12–15  Ireland
Pen: Wyles (4/5) 25', 32', 57', 65'
Report Pen: Madigan (5/7) 9', 17', 30', 39', 53'

Notes:

  • This match set a record attendance for a United States home game.[1]

11 June 2013
19:05 NZST (UTC+12)
Blues New Zealand 15–38  France
Try: Parsons 57' m
Moala 62' c
Con: McKenzie (1/2) 63'
Pen: Kerr (1/1) 2'
Report Try: Fickou 44' c
Nakaitaci 48' c, 51' m
Kayser 66' c
Con: Doussain (3/4) 45', 49', 67'
Pen: Doussain (4/5) 4', 10', 21', 24'

12 June 2013
18:00 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  33–14 New Zealand Classic All Blacks
Try: Nadolo 55' c
Ravulo 60' c
Somoca 80' c
Con: Bai (3/3) 56', 61', 80'
Pen: Bai (4/5) 2', 8', 64', 72'
Report Try: Thomson 39' m
Pen: Ai'i (3/4) 22', 29', 36'

Notes:

  • This match was to mark Fiji's centennial celebrations (the Fiji Rugby Union was established in 1913).
  • This was a full capped test match for Fiji.[3]

15 June 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  23–8  Wales
Try: Wing 49' c
Broadhurst 60' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 49', 61'
Pen: Goromaru (3/3) 14', 34', 76'
Report Try: Prydie 44 m
Pen: Biggar (1/2) 21'
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 21,062
Referee: Greg Garner (England)

Notes:

  • This was Japan's first ever victory over Wales.

15 June 2013
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  30–0  France
Try: Savea 3', c
B Smith 48' c
Barrett 76' c
Con: Cruden (3/3) 4', 49', 77'
Pen: Cruden (3/4) 22', 54', 64'
Report
Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Attendance: 20,785
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Notes:

  • This was the 500 test match for the All Blacks in 110 years
  • Captaining the All Blacks for the third time, Kieran Read earned his 50th cap in this match.
  • This was the first time France has failed to score against the All Blacks.

15 June 2013
16:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  26–51  England
Try: Montero 49' c
Leonardi 69' c
Con: Moyano (2/2) 50', 70'
Pen: Moyano (4/4) 3', 10', 21', 26'
Report Try: Penalty try (2) 30' c, 40' c
Burns 36' m
Webber 53' m
Yarde (2) 57' c, 73' c
Eastmond 64' c
Con: Burns (4/6) 30', 40', 58', 65'
Myler (1/1) 74'
Pen: Burns (2/3) 7', 24'

Notes:

  • Winger Christian Wade was named in the starting XV, but was withdrawn following a British and Irish Lions call-up
  • First test series win for England in Argentina since 1981[4]

15 June 2013
20:00 EDT (UTC-04)
Canada  14–40  Ireland
Try: Ardron 46' m
Pen: Pritchard (3/3) 6', 17', 24'
Report Try: Trimble 9' c
McFadden (3) 27' m, 58' c, 80+1' c
Cave 54' c
O'Donnell 67' c
Con: Madigan (3/4) 11', 55', 59'
Jackson (2/2) 68', 80+2'
BMO Field, Toronto
Attendance: 20,396
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Notes:

  • This match set a record attendance for a rugby match on Canadian soil.[5]

22 June 2013
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  24–9  France
Try: B Smith 35' m
Barrett 80'
Con: Carter (1/2) 80+1'
Pen: Carter (4/6) 15', 49', 58', 72'
Report Pen: Doussain (2/4) 39', 45'
Drop: Fritz 7'
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

22 June 2013
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  21–23 British and Irish Lions
Try: Folau (2) 12' c, 34' m
Con: O'Connor (1/2) 13'
Pen: O'Connor (1/3) 51'
Beale (2/4) 61', 68'
Report
Lions Report
Try: North 25' c
Cuthbert 48' c
Con: Halfpenny (2/2) 27', 48'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/4) 23', 31', 65'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 52,499
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

22 June 2013
16:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  29–18  Georgia
Try: Cubelli 76' c
Pen: Moyano (8/11) 2', 17', 38', 45', 50', 53', 61', 70'
Report
(Spanish)
Pen: Tsiklauri (4/4) 7', 15', 31', 34'
Malaghuradze (1/1) 72'
Drop: Tsiklauri 57'

29 June 2013
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  16–15 British and Irish Lions
Try: Ashley-Cooper 74' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/1) 76'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/3) 16', 23', 36
Report
Lions Report
Pen: Halfpenny (5/7) 9', 27', 32', 39', 62'
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 56,771
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

6 July 2013
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  16–41 British and Irish Lions
Try: O'Connor 40' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/1) 40'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/3) 8', 41', 45'
Report
Lions Report
Try: Corbisiero 1' c
Sexton 57' c
North 64' m
Roberts 67' c
Con: Halfpenny (3/4) 2', 57', 69'
Pen: Halfpenny (5/5) 7', 12', 15', 25', 51'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 83,702
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

South African quadrangular tournament[edit]

On 6 December 2012, the SARU announced that South Africa would host Samoa, Italy and Scotland in a four-team tournament. The hosts and Samoa each played Italy and Scotland in a league format. On June 22, the top two teams, South Africa and Samoa, played to determine first and second place, and the bottom two, Scotland and Italy, played for third and fourth place.[6]

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1  South Africa 2 2 0 0 74 27 +47 8 3 1 0 9
2  Samoa 2 2 0 0 66 27 +39 8 2 1 0 9
3  Scotland 2 0 0 2 34 57 −23 3 6 0 0 0
4  Italy 2 0 0 2 20 83 −63 2 10 0 0 0
Points breakdown: *4 points for a win;*2 points for a draw;*1 bonus point for a loss by 7 points or less;*1 bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries

Matches[edit]

8 June 2013
14:15 SAST (UTC+02)
Samoa  27–17  Scotland
Try: So'oialo 6' c
Tuilagi (2) 11' c, 62' c
Con: So'oialo (3/3) 8', 13', 64'
Pen: So'oialo (2/3) 53', 69'
Report Try: Lamont 49' m
Pen: Laidlaw (4/5) 10', 18', 31', 41'
Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Attendance: 9,753
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Notes:


8 June 2013
17:15 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  44–10  Italy
Try: Strauss 13' c
Engelbrecht 22' c
Habana 65'
De Villiers 74' c
Basson 77'
Con: Steyn (4/4) 14', 23', 66', 75'
Lambie (1/1) 78'
Pen: Steyn (3/3) 3', 10', 63'
Report Try: Sgarbi 46' c
Con: Di Bernardo (1/1) 48'
Pen: Di Bernardo (1/2) 58'
Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Attendance: 23,663
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

15 June 2013
14:15 SAST (UTC+02)
Samoa  39–10  Italy
Try: Williams 20' c
Leiua 41' m
Leota 53' c
Tuifu'a 63' c
Va'aulu 72' c
Con: Williams (3/4) 21', 53', 64'
Anufe (1/1) 73'
Pen: Williams (2/3) 30', 51'
Report Try: Penalty try 70' c
Con: Di Bernardo (1/1) 70'
Pen: Orquera (1/3) 27'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Attendance: 11,724
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

15 June 2013
17:15 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  30–17  Scotland
Try: Penalty try 48' c
Engelbrecht 55' c
Serfontein 79' c
Con: Steyn (2/2) 49', 56'
Lambie (1/1) 80'
Pen: Steyn (2/3) 13', 17'
Lambie (1/1) 74'
Report Try: Scott 20' c
Dunbar 42' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 21', 43'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 7'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Attendance: 30,018
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Third-place play-off

22 June 2013
14:15 SAST (UTC+02)
Scotland  30–29  Italy
Try: Scott 6' c
Lamont 15' c
Strokosch 80+1' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/3) 6', 16', 80+1'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 20', 36', 41'
Report Try: Sarto 1' c
Penalty try 31' c
Con: Di Bernardo (2/2) 2', 32'
Pen: Di Bernardo (5/6) 13', 39', 43', 57', 66'
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 10,109
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Final

22 June 2013
17:15 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  56–23  Samoa
Try: Habana (2) 17' c, 58' m
Louw (2) 24' c, 76' c
Engelbrecht 33' m
Basson 38' c
Steyn 62' m
Nyakane 79' c
Con: Steyn (3/6) 18', 25', 39'
Lambie (2/2) 76', 80'
Pen: Steyn (2/3) 2', 28'
Report Try: Paulo 46' c
Poluleuligaga 69' c
Con: So'oialo (1/1) 47'
Williams (1/1) 70'
Pen: So'oialo (3/3) 10', 14', 31'
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States 12–15 Ireland". www.rte.ie. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Les Bleus to play the Blues". www.planetrugby.com. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Caps for Fijians who face Classic ABs". Planet Rugby. TEAMtalk media. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Standley, James. "Argentina 26-51 England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Japan drop Wales down rankings". www.rugby365.com. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "South African four-team Tournament". Espnscrum.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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