2012 autumn rugby union internationals

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The 2012 autumn internationals, also known as the autumn tests, November tests and, in the Southern Hemisphere, the end of year tests, were international rugby union matches. They were predominantly played between visiting Southern Hemisphere countries and European nations.

The IRB introduced an International Rugby Series, to improve competitiveness ahead of the next World Cup, that included Tier 2 nations Tonga, Canada, Russia, Samoa and the United States. The first tournament was held at Colwyn Bay's Eirias Stadium in North Wales.

The tournament was in addition to those tests played between Tier 1 and Tier 2 nations. Wales and France hosted Samoa, England and Ireland hosted Fiji and Scotland and Italy hosted Tonga.

Both Georgia and Romania hosted Japan, while Portugal travelled to South America to play a two test tour, where they earn victories over Uruguay and Chile. Namibia hosted a tournament including Spain and Zimbabwe, with Spain winning both tests to clinch the tournament.


Matches[edit]

10 November 2012
16:00 EET/GMT+02 (UTC+02)
Romania  23–34  Japan
Try: Lemnaru 60' c
Penalty try 73' c
Con: Florea (2/2) 61', 73'
Pen: Filip (3/5) 3', 17', 36'
Report[1]
(In Romanian)
Try: Kikutani 42' m
Penalty try 70' c
Onozawa 71' c
Con: Goromaru (2/3) 71', 72'
Pen: Goromaru (5/5) 7', 12', 22', 39', 80'
10 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Italy  28–23  Tonga
Try: Cittadini 6' m
Ghiraldini 39' c
Penalty Try 63' c
Con: Burton (2/3) 40', 64'
Pen: Burton (3/3) 13', 27', 52'
Report[2] Try: Taumalolo 33' c
Vainikolo 67' c
Con: 'Apikotoa (2/2) 34', 68'
Pen: 'Apikotoa (3/3) 3', 10', 24'
Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia[3]
Attendance: 18,756
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
10 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England  54–12  Fiji
Try: Sharples 21' c, 57' c
Penalty Try 35' c
Monye 40' m
Johnson 47 c
Tuilagi 68' m, 75' c
Con: Flood (4/6) 22', 35', 49', 58'
Farrell (1/1) 76'
Pen: Flood (3/3) 18', 25', 42'
Report[4] Try: Matawalu 55' m
Kalou 79' c
Con: Matavesi (1/2) 80'
Pen: Matavesi (0/2)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • This match marked the first time England sold out Twickenham for a match against a "Tier 2" nation.[5]
10 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales  12–26  Argentina
Pen: Halfpenny (4/4) 5', 13', 26', 47'
Report[6] Try: Imhoff 54' c
Camacho 59' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 55', 59'
Pen: Contepomi (1/2) 3'
Sánchez (1/3) 71'
Drop: Sánchez 9' 51'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 51,442
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Notes:

  • The last time Argentina beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium was on 10 November 2001, exactly 11 years ago.
10 November 2012
17:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland  12–16  South Africa
Pen: Sexton (4/6) 6', 10', 20', 30'
Report[7] Try: Pienaar 44' c
Con: Lambie (1/1) 44'
Pen: Lambie (3/6) 17', 51', 69'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 49,781
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:

10 November 2012
20:45 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
France  33–6  Australia
Try: Picamoles 12' c
Fofana 54' c
Penalty Try 63' c
Con: Michalak (3/3) 13', 55', 64'
Pen: Michalak (2/2) 4', 36'
Fritz (0/1)
Parra (1/1) 75'
Drop: Michalak 39'
Report[8] Pen: Harris (2/2) 8', 21'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:

  • Yannick Forestier, Jocelino Suta and Sébastien Vahaamahina made their debuts for France in this match.
  • Paddy Ryan made his debut for Australia in this match.
  • This match ended Australia's 7-year long winning streak against France, France's previous victory against the Wallabies dating back to 5 November 2005 (26–16).
  • The French came within one point of their largest ever victory against Australia (34–6 in 1976).
11 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland  22–51  New Zealand
Try: Visser 12' c, 50' m
Cross 40' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 13', 40'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 24'
Report[9] Try: Dagg 18' c
Savea 29' c, 62' c
Jane 33' c
Hore 37' c
Smith 75' c
Con: Carter (6/6) 19', 31', 34', 39', 64', 77'
Pen: Carter (3/4) 1', 28', 53'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:

  • Scotland became the first team to score 3 tries against the All Blacks since New Zealands loss against the Wallabies in August 2011.
  • This match was the first time that Murrayfield Stadium was at capacity in an End of year test.
  • The Scottish side only included one debut in this test – Henry Pyrgos
  • All Blacks debuts – Dane Coles and Tawera Kerr-Barlow
11 November 2012[10]
17:30 UYST (UTC-3)
Uruguay  25–32  Portugal
Try: Martínez 7 m
Penalty Try 25' c
Mieres 61' c
Con: Etcheverry (2/3) 26', 62'
Pen: Etcheverry (2/4) 42', 48'
Report[11] Try: Aguilar 14' m
Uva 38' c
Le Roux 65' c
Gonçalo Foro 70' c
Con: Leal (3/4) 39', 66', 71'
Pen: Leal (2/2) 10', 28'




16 November 2012
19:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales  19–26  Samoa
Try: Beck 32' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 33'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 15', 28', 49', 61
Report[12] Try: Autagavaia 1' c
G Pisi 46' m
Leota 77' m
Con: T Pisi (1/3) 2'
Pen: T Pisi (3/6) 40', 56', 65'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
17 November 2012
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  22–25  Japan
Try: Kvirikashvili 52' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 52'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (5/6) 5', 7', 13', 43', 50'
Report[13] Try: Onozowa 40' c
Con: Goromaru (1/1) 40'
Pen: Goromaru (5/5) 25', 35', 56', 66', 72'
Drop: Ono 80'
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
17 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
Italy  10–42  New Zealand
Try: Sgarbi 25' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 26'
Drop: Orquera 52'
Report[15] Try: Read 16' c
Nonu 49' c
Jane 67' c
Savea 73' m, 75' c
Con: Cruden (4/5) 16', 50', 68', 76'
Pen: Cruden (3/3) 12', 19', 44'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 73,000
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
17 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England  14–20  Australia
Try: Tuilagi 38' m
Con: Flood (0/1)
Pen: Floos (3/3) 2', 23', 33'
Report[16] Try: Cummins 34' m
Con: Barnes (0/1)
Pen: Barnes (4/5) 30', 43', 49', 52'
Drop: Barnes 12'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,361
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
17 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland  10–21  South Africa
Try: Pyrgos 50' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 51'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 9'
Report[17] Try: Strauss 20' m, 45' c
Con: Lambie (1/2) 46'
Pen: Lambie (3/3) 6', 13', 31'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 58,893
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
17 November 2012
17:30 IST/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland XV  53–0  Fiji[18]
Try: Gilroy 9 c, 67' m, 72' c
McFadden 20' c, 43' c
Cronin 21' c
Cave 30' m
Marshall 78' m
Con: Jackson (5/8) 10', 20', 22', 43', 72'
Pen: Jackson (1/2) 6'
Report[19]
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 17,126
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Notes:

  • This was a non-capped match for Ireland, but was a fully capped match for Fiji. The IRB gave this match a no-test status, which means rankings would not change regardless of the outcome but will be part of the new scheme to increase competitiveness in tier 2 teams ahead of the next World Cup.
17 November 2012
21:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
France  39–22  Argentina
Try: Clerc 17' c, 21' c
Nyanga 33' c
Con: Michalak (3/3) 19', 21', 34'
Pen: Michalak (5/6) 3', 59', 67', 72', 77'
Drop: Michalak 46'
Report[20] Try: Bosch 4' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 5'
Pen: Sánchez (4/5) 9', 13', 44', 55'
Drop: Sánchez 65'
Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
17 November 2012[21]
17:00 CLST (UTC-3)
Chile  22–28  Portugal
Try: Huete 28' c
Con: Valderrama (1/1) 29'
Pen: Pizzaro (1/4) 12'
Valderrama (4/5) 24', 37', 45', 56'
Report[22] Try: Foro 49' c
Con: Leal (1/1) 50'
Pen: Leal (7/8) 4', 21', 33', 41', 60', 68', 77'
Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago, Chile
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)


24 November 2012
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  19–24  Fiji
Try: Khinchagishvili 28' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 29'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (4/7) 7', 14', 33', 40
Report[23] Try: Ratuva 11' c
Goneva 18' m
Con: Ralulu (1/2) 12'
Pen: Ralulu (4/6) 5', 35', 66', 76'
24 November 2012
14:00 IST/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland  46–24  Argentina
Try: Gilroy 10' c
Sexton 15' c, 50' c
Strauss 21' m
Zebo 32' m
Bowe 46' m, 72' c
Con: Sexton (3/6) 12' 17', 52'
O'Gara (1/1) 73'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 45'
Report[24] Try: Leonardi 76' c
Fernández Lobbe 80' m
Con: Hernández (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sánchez (4/6) 13', 18', 30', 42'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 43,406
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
24 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
Italy  19–22  Australia
Try: Barbieri 40' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 41'
Pen: Orquera (4/5) 3', 33' 49', 54'
Report[25] Try: Cummins 18' c
Con: Barnes (1/1) 19'
Pen: Barnes (3/3) 6', 15', 24'
Beale (2/2) 27', 29'
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Attendance: 32,500
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
24 November 2012
16:00 EET/GMT+02 (UTC+02)
Romania  3–34  United States
Pen: Filip (1/3) 4'
Report[26] Try: Suniula 9' c
Emerick 24' m
Wyles 40' c, 45' m
Ngwenya 64' c
Con: Wyles (3/5) 10', 40', 65'
Pen: Wyles (1/3) 37'
24 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England  15–16  South Africa
Pen: Flood (2/3) 5', 12'
Farrell (3/4) 61', 72', 78'
Report[27] Try: Alberts 43' c
Con: Lambie 43' (1/1)
Pen: Lambie (3/3) 8', 15', 25'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,151
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
24 November 2012
15:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland  15–21  Tonga
Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 10', 38', 46', 55', 61'
Heathcote (0/2)
Report[28] Try: Lokotui 51' c
Vainikolo 65' m
Con: Apikotoa (1/2) 52'
Pen: Apikotoa (3/5) 5', 64', 72'
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 20,306
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Notes:

  • This result was Tonga's first ever win for over Scotland.
  • This defeat was Scotland's first at their Aberdeen fixture at Pittodrie Stadium.
24 November 2012
18:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
France  22–14  Samoa
Try: Michalak 18' c
Con: Michalak (1/1) 19'
Pen: Parra (1/3) 35'
Michalak (4/4) 56', 60', 71', 78'
Report[29] Try: Lemi 14' c
Tekori 41' c
Con: T Pisi (2/2) 15', 42'
Pen: T Pisi (0/2)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
24 November 2012
17:15 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales  10–33  New Zealand
Try: S Williams 56' m
Cuthbert 76' m
Con: Halfpenny (0/2)
Report[30] Try: Messam 25' c
Woodcock 38' c
Romano 48'
Con: Cruden (3/3) 27', 40', 49'
Pen: Cruden (4/4) 9', 18', 22', 42'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,732
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
1 December 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England  38–21  New Zealand
Try: Barritt 54' m
Ashton 58' m
Tuilagi 62' c
Con: Farrell (1/3) 63'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 25', 32', 40', 42'
Burns (2/2) 66', 72'
Drop: Farrell 38'
Report[31] Try: Savea 48' c, 75' c
Read 51' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 49', 53'
Cruden (1/1) 76'
Pen: Carter (0/2)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,416
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
1 December 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales  12–14  Australia
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 18', 23', 55', 60'
Report[32] Try: Beale Try 80' m
Con: Sharpe (0/1)
Pen: Beale (3/5) 15', 27', 36'
Harris (0/1)

Notes:

  • Wallabie Captain Nathan Sharpe kicked for the conversion to end his career in the Australian Squad.
  • No placement was issued when Halfpenny was taken off due to injury.

2012 International Rugby Series[edit]

For more details on this topic, see: 2012 International Rugby Series

9 November 2012
18:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
United States  40–26  Russia
Try: Fry 6' c
L'Estrange 17' c
Doyle 36' c
Wyles 46' c
Shaw 50' m, 58' c
Con: Wyles (5/6) 7', 18', 37', 47', 59'
Pen: Wyles (0/1)
Report[33] Try: Ostroushko 53' m
Temnov (2) 61' m, 71' c
Con: Klyuchnikov (1/3) 72'
Pen: Klyuchnikov (3/4) 2', 12', 25'
9 November 2012
20:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Canada  12–42  Samoa
Try: Moonlight 70' m
Briad 74' c
Con: Pritchard (1/2) 75'
Pen: Pritchard (0/1)
Report[34] Try: Tuifu'a 4' c
Lilomaiava (4) 16' m, 21' c, 41' c, 66' c
Con: So'oialo (4/5) 6', 22', 42', 67'
Pen: So'oialo (3/3) 14', 50', 54'
Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Attendance: 2,859
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
17 November 2012
18:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
United States  13–22  Tonga
Try: Shaw 38' c
Con: Pangelinan (1/1) 39'
Pen: Pangelinan (2/4) 28', 45'
Report[35] Try: Helu 2' m
Lilo 59' c
Piukala 75' c
Con: Lilo (2/3) 3', 60', 76'
Pen: Lilo (1/3) 51'
17 November 2012
20:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Canada  35–3  Russia
Try: Hassler 19' c, 57' c
Paris 42' c
Blevins 44' m
Con: Pritchard (3/4) 20', 43', 45'
Pen: Pritchard (3/4) 4', 10', 33'
Report[36] Pen: Igor Klyuchnikov (1/3) 8'

Effect on 2015 Rugby World Cup Seeding[edit]

Much like the 2008 end of year series, the final IRB rankings at the end of the international window will play a massive part towards the seeding of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Like the 2011 tournament, the IRB rankings will play a pivotal role in proceedings with the top four placed sides at the end of the international window set to be kept apart in the draw. All 12 of the automatic qualifiers will be seeded based on their ranking and then split three bands of four teams.

  • Band 1 will be made up of the top 4 automatic qualifiers
  • Band 2 will be made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers (5–8)
  • Band 3 will be made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers (9–12)
  • Band 4 will be made up of the remaining due to qualify places (Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1)
  • Band 5 will include the remaining possible nations (Africa 1,Europe 2, Americas 2 and repechage Winner)

Following the final matches on 1 December 2012, the 12 teams automatically qualified were seeded thus:

See also[edit]

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