End-of-year rugby union internationals

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The End of year rugby union tests, known as Autumn internationals in the Northern Hemisphere, are a series of rugby union test matches that are contested approximately each November. Teams from the Six Nations Championship play against the competitors in The Rugby Championship; second-tier teams, such as those from North American and Pacific countries, also participate. Each side typically plays three or four Test matches, and may choose to play games against provincial or "A" teams. Also, one of the Rugby Championship teams generally plays the invitational Barbarians club in the traditional "Final Challenge", usually at Twickenham in London, although Australia's Final Challenge in 2008 was at Wembley Stadium. Sky Sports have the television rights for England, France, Ireland and Italy matches. BBC Sport have the rights for Wales and Scotland matches.

Teams taking part[edit]

Home teams[edit]

Away teams[edit]

The Grand Slam[edit]

Main article: Grand Slam tour

A touring nation may also have the opportunity to complete a Grand Slam by beating the four home unions of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This has been achieved nine times:

South Africa  South Africa 1912–13, 1931–32, 1951–52, 1960–61
 New Zealand 1978, 2005, 2008, 2010
 Australia 1984

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