2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals

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The 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals, also known as the 2016 Autumn Internationals in the Northern Hemisphere, were a series of international rugby union matches predominantly played between the visiting Southern Hemisphere countries: Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – and the European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

The 2016 November international window saw 37 international matches take place, with an additional seven international matches taking place outside the allocated three week window. 27 nations across all three tiers competed in at least one test, with a record 27 matches including a tier 2 or tier 3 side, seven of which were a tier 1 v tier 2 fixture, as World Rugby tried to build on the tier 2 success in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, moving towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Coinciding with the international window, the 2016 Cup of Nations took place, bringing the total number of matches up to 51 for 31 nations. Australia attempted their first Grand Slam tour of the Home Nations since 2013. It was their tenth attempt at a Grand Slam, which they have achieved on only one occasion, in 1984. Australia were unsuccessful in their grand slam attempt, losing to both Ireland and England. In addition to their Grand Slam tour, Australia also played France, before playing the French Barbarians for the first time since 2005. World Champions New Zealand played Ireland twice, one of which was played at the historic Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, the venue having previously hosted tests between the Eagles, All Blacks and Wallabies in 2014 and 2015. The game gave Ireland their first victory over New Zealand at the 29th attempt, in a rivalry dating back to 1905. The other Ireland v New Zealand test took place in Ireland as part of the All Blacks' European tour, which also saw them play Italy and France. England and Wales both played host to Argentina and South Africa, while the Pumas and Springboks also travelled to Scotland and Italy respectively. As in recent seasons, New Zealand and Australia played the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test match for the year, with New Zealand having already secured the cup 2–0 during the 2016 Rugby Championship.

Tier 2 teams[edit]

Unlike previous November tests, World Rugby has given more tier 2 nations a tier 1 fixture, seeing not only the touring Pacific Island nations; Fiji, Samoa and Tonga compete against a top side, but also Canada, Georgia and Japan. Fiji will play England, France will host Samoa, while Italy will host Tonga. Ireland will play host to Canada in what will be Canada's first visit to Ireland, and a tier 1 nation (excluding World Cup years), since November 2008. Georgia will visit Scotland for the first ever time, playing just their second ever test against each other, the first outside a Rugby World Cup. It will be the first time since November 2014 that Georgia has played a tier 1 test, excluding their 2015 World Cup games against Argentina and New Zealand. Japan will play host to Argentina for the first time since 1998, in what will be the first test between the two nations since 2005, before Japan travels to Wales for the first time since 2007. It will be their first encounter against each other since June 2013, when Japan earned their first ever victory over the Welsh.

Following a reduced 2016 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup to include just the Pacific nations, World Rugby organized intercontinental matches between the Pacific Islanders, North America and Japan at neutral venues in Europe; Fiji will play Japan and Samoa will play Canada in France, while Tonga will play the United States in Spain. In addition to these tests, Japan and Samoa will be hosted by Georgia, while both Canada and the United States will travel to Romania. Uruguay will play their first ever 3-test European tour having secured tier 2 status. They will visit Spain for the first time since 2011 and Romania in a first ever one-off test outside any tournament. They will also play Germany in what will be the first ever meeting between the two sides. It will also be a first meeting for Spain and Tonga when they play each other in Madrid. In Belgium's only test, they will travel to Portugal in what be the teams first one-off test outside any tournament.

Tier 3 and invitational teams[edit]

As part of World Rugby's strategy to provide increasing support to cross-regional international competition, Brazil embarked on their first ever European tour, playing a two-test series against Germany, in what was Germany's first ever home test against Brazil, and their first non-European opponent at home since Hong Kong in 2010. It was the first time since the 2011 Cup of Nations that Brazil has left the Americas region for a test match. Furthermore, Portugal played host to the Brazilians for the first ever time, having already played in Brazil in November 2013. In addition to Brazil's historic tour, Chile played host to their first ever Asian team when South Korea plays a two-test series against Los Condores. It was the first time that South Korea has left the Asian region for a test match since playing Tonga in 2007, and their first non-qualifying test match since playing Australia in 1987.

Several invitational teams were in action during the window, where the Barbarians played three national sides; South Africa, competing for the Killik Cup, Fiji and Czech Republic. The Czech Republic were the first team outside the elite 20 nations since Belgium in May 2008. It will serve as a celebration match for the 90th anniversary of the Czech Rugby Union. The Māori All Blacks will tour for the first time since 2014, playing the United States in Chicago, in a match that is part of 'The Rugby Weekend', doubling up with the Ireland–New Zealand game the same weekend. The Māori All Blacks later traveled to Europe, playing Irish side Munster and English side Harlequins.

Fixtures[edit]

Bledisloe Cup – Part 3[edit]

22 October 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  37–10  Australia
Try: Dagg 5' m
Lienert-Brown 9' m
Perenara 33' m
J. Savea (2) 53' c, 68' c
Coles 72' m
Con: Cruden (2/3) 54', 69'
Pen: Cruden (1/1) 64'
Report[1] Try: Arnold 28' c
Con: Foley 29'
Pen: Foley (1/2) 42'
Eden Park, Auckland[2]
Attendance: 47,744
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:

  • New Zealand became the first Tier 1 nation to win 18 consecutive matches.[3]

Week 1[edit]

4 November 2016
19:00 CDT (UTC-05)
United States  7–54  Māori All Blacks
Try: Clever 48' c
Con: Holder (1/1) 49'
Report[4] Try: Lowe (2) 11' c, 34' c
A. Ioane (2) 19' c, 45' c
A. Dixon 40' c
Hames 51' c
Weber 63' m
Royal 78' c
Con: West (6/6) 12', 19', 35', 40', 46', 51'
D. McKenzie (1/1) 79'

5 November 2016
14:40 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  20–54  Argentina
Try: Mafi 52' c
Lemeki 79' c
Con: Tamura (2/2) 52', 80'
Pen: Tamura (2/2) 5', 22'
Report[6] Try: Moroni (2) 13' m, 49' c
Sánchez (2) 36' c, 62' m
Cordero (2) 42' c, 65' c
Cubelli 74' c
Con: Sánchez (5/7) 36', 43', 49', 65', 75'
Pen: Sánchez (3/3) 18', 30', 39'

Notes:


5 November 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  8−32  Australia
Try: S. Williams 61' m
Pen: Halfpenny (1/2) 6'
Report[8] Try: Moore 10' m
Hodge 26' m
Kuridrani 34' c
Foley 56' m
Haylett-Petty 75'
Con: Foley (2/5) 36' 76'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 4'

Notes:


5 November 2016
15:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Barbarians 31−31  South Africa
Try: Nanai 4' m
Ellis 18' c
Naiyaravoro 39' m
Morahan (2) 54' c, 67' c
Con: Du Preez (1/3) 19'
Mo'unga (2/2) 55', 68'
Report[11] Try: du Toit 11' m
Smit 23' c
Petersen 43' c
Venter 70' c
Van Rensburg 76' m
Con: Lambie (3/5) 24', 44', 71'
Wembley Stadium, London[12]
Attendance: 46,646
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • This was the Barbarians first draw with an international team since they drew with Scotland 16−16 in 1991.
  • The draw saw the teams share the Killik Cup.

5 November 2016
15:00 CDT (UTC-05)
Ireland  40–29  New Zealand
Try: Murphy 9' c
Stander 16' m
Murray 33' c
Zebo 47' m
Henshaw 75' c
Con: Sexton (2/4) 10', 34'
Carbery (1/1) 76'
Pen: Sexton (2/2) 3' 23'
Murray (1/1) 58'
Report[13] Try: Moala 4' m
Perenara 51' c
B. Smith 55' c
S. Barrett 62' c
Con: B. Barrett (3/4) 51', 55', 64'
Pen: B. Barrett (1/1) 20'

Notes:

  • Joey Carbery (Ireland) and Scott Barrett (New Zealand) made their international debuts.
  • Julian Savea (New Zealand) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This was Ireland's first ever victory over New Zealand in 28 attempts since 1905.[15]
  • This was the most points (40) and tries (5) New Zealand have conceded in a single test since Steve Hansen became coach and the All Blacks became world champions following the 2011 World Cup, surpassing the 38 points England scored against them in December 2012 and the 4 tries South Africa scored in the final match of the 2013 Rugby Championship.[16]

Week 2[edit]

8 November 2016
19:00 CET (UTC+1)
Czech Republic  0–71 Barbarians
Report[17] Try: K. Smith (2) 5' c, 42' c
T. Smith 24' m
Faddes (2) 28' c, 57' m
Carter 34' m
Nanai (2) 37' c, 75' c
Mo'unga (2) 52' c, 68' c
S. Van der Merwe 71' c
Con: Mo'unga (2/3) 6', 29'
Du Preez (6/8) 38', 43', 54', 69', 72', 75'
Stadion Markéta, Prague[18]
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Maxime Burlet (Belgium)

Notes:

  • This was the first time since beating South Africa 6–0 in 1961, that the Barbarians has not conceded any points against an international opposition.

11 November 2016
20:00 CET (UTC+1)
Emerging Italy Italy 50–33 Scotland Heriot's Rugby Club
Try: Marinaro (2) 9' c, 21' c
Ortis 17' m
Trotta 42' c
Negri 54' c
Fragnito 56' c
Chillon 74' c
Con: Azzolini (5/6) 9', 22', 43', 55', 57'
Pescetto (1/1) 74'
Pen: Azzolini (1/2) 40'
Report[19]
(In Italian)
Try: Rae 29' m
Dewar 34' c
Nimmo 49' c
Hagart 59' c
Turner 76' c
Con: Hagart (4/5) 35', 50', 60', 77'
Stadio Lamarmora, Biella[20]
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Matteo Liperini (Italy)

11 November 2016
19:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Barbarians 40–7  Fiji
Try: Van der Merwe (2) 1' c, 17' c
Faddes 5' c
Ellis 25' c
Mo'unga 74' c
Morahan 79' m
Con: Du Preez (5/6) 2', 6', 18', 26', 75'
Report[21] Try: Nayacalevu 54' c
Con: Nadolo (1/1) 55'

11 November 2016
19:45 WET (UTC+0)
Munster Ireland 27–14  Māori All Blacks
Try: N. Scannell 13' m
Penalty try 30' c
Sweetnam 37' m
O'Mahony 68' c
Con: Keatley (2/4) 30', 69'
Pen: Keatley (1/1) 43'
Report[23] Try: Lowe 23' c
Curtis 25' c
Con: Black (2/2) 24', 27'

Notes:

  • This was Munster's first ever match against the Māori All Blacks.[25]

12 November 2016
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  22−28  Japan
Try: Kolelishvili 25' m
Lobzhanidze 37' c
Bitsadze 49' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/3) 37', 51'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 56'
Report[26] Try: Matsushima 8' m
Lemeki (2) 44' m, 59' c
Fukuoka 63' m
Con: Tamura (1/4) 61'
Pen: Tamura (2/3) 16', 75'

Notes:


12 November 2016
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  10–68  New Zealand
Try: Boni 66' c
Con: Allan (1/1) 68'
Pen: Canna (1/1) 12'
Report[28] Try: Fekitoa (2) 3' c, 57' c
Faumuina 14' c
Tuipulotu 19' c
Dagg 25' c
Crockett 37' c
Luatua 44' c
Dixon 61' m
Ioane 72' c
Naholo 76' c
Con: Cruden (7/7) 4', 16', 20', 26', 38', 46', 58'
Sopoaga (2/3) 73', 76'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome[2][29]
Attendance: 60,693
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:


12 November 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  37–21  South Africa
Try: May 10' c
Lawes 35' c
Ford 43' c
Farrell 66' c
Con: Farrell (4/4) 11', 36', 43', 66'
Pen: Farrell (2/3) 33', 43'
Daly (1/1) 40'
Report[30] Try: Goosen 58' m
Le Roux 78' c
Con: Combrinck (1/1) 79'
Pen: Lambie (2/3) 3', 20'
Drop: Lambie (1/1) 6'

Notes:


12 November 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  22–23  Australia
Try: Jones (2) 7' c, 26' c
J. Gray 47' m
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 8', 27'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 2'
Report[32] Try: Hodge 12' c
Kuridrani 74' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 14', 76'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 22', 41', 55'

Notes:


12 November 2016
15:00 WET (UTC+0)
Portugal  26–21  Belgium
Try: Appleton 7' c
Magalhães 12' c
G. Foro (2) 21' m, 35' c
Con: Ávila (3/4) 8', 12', 36'
Report[34]
(In French)
Try: K. Williams 40' c
Brébant 55' c
Debatty 67' c
Con: K. Williams (3/3) 40', 57', 68'
Complexo Municipal de Atletismo, Setúbal[35]
Referee: Iñigo Atorrasagasti (Spain)

12 November 2016
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
Spain  13–28  Tonga
Try: Howarth 44' c
Con: Linklater (1/1) 44'
Pen: Linklater (2/3) 29', 61'
Report[36]
(In Spanish)
Try: Faleafa 31' c
Vainikolo 33' c
Takulua 57' c
Hala 78' c
Con: Takulua (4/4) 31', 34', 58', 79'

12 November 2016
18:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  23–10  United States
Try: Van Heerden 6' c
Fercu 10' m
Lucaci 33' m
Con: Vlaicu (1/3) 8'
Pen: Vlaicu (2/3) 15', 73'
Report[39]
(In Romanian)
Try: Holder 51' c
Con: Holder (1/1) 52'
Pen: Holder (1/1) 68'

Notes:


12 November 2016
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
France  52–8  Samoa
Try: Vakatawa (3) 11' m, 64' m, 77' c
Huget 28' m
Ollivon 32' c
Fickou 55' c
Penalty try 75' c
Con: Machenaud (2/5) 33', 56'
Serin (2/2) 76', 78'
Pen: Machenaud (3/3) 9', 24', 37'
Report[41] Try: Lee-Lo 41' m
Pen: Fa'apale (1/1) 7'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse[42]
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Notes:


12 November 2016
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
Germany  24–21  Uruguay
Try: Otto 47' c
Poppmeier 51' m
Con: Hilsenbeck (1/2) 48'
Pen: Hilsenbeck (4/8) 17', 31', 57', 80'
Report[43] Try: Silva (2) 2' m, 24' c
Con: Berchesi (1/2) 25'
Pen: Berchesi (3/4) 28', 49', 68'

Notes:


12 November 2016
17:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  24–20  Argentina
Try: L. Williams 42' m
G. Davies 54' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/2) 55'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/4) 14', 23', 65', 77'
Report[45] Try: Hernández 47' c
Landajo 60' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 48', 61'
Pen: Sánchez (2/3) 3', 73'

Notes:


12 November 2016
19:15 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  52–21  Canada
Try: Earls 5' c
Marshall 21' c
O'Halloran (2) 37' m, 77' m
Penalty try 44' c
Dillane 58' c
Marmion 65' c
Tracy 80' m
Con: Jackson (6/6) 6', 22', 38', 45', 60', 66'
Report[46] Try: Van der Merwe 23 'c
Paris 28' c
Evans 56' c
Con: McRorie (3/3) 25', 29', 57'

Notes:


13 November 2016
16:00 CLST (UTC-03)
Chile  30–12  South Korea
Try: Larenas 20' c
Muñita 37' c
Brangier 55' c
Con: González (3/3) 21', 38', 56'
Pen: González (3/3) 2', 8', 65'
Report[49] Try: Sung Min 42' c
Yong-heung 61' m
Con: Hyuk (1/2) 43'

Week 3[edit]

16 November 2016
19:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Harlequins England 10–26  Māori All Blacks
Try: Murphy 51' c
Con: Swiel (1/1) 52'
Pen: Swiel (1/1) 7'
Repor Try: Lowe (2) 14' c, 18' c
Christie 22' m
Wainui 25' c
Con: West (3/4) 16', 19', 24'
Twickenham Stoop, London[51]
Attendance: 12,100
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

19 November 2016
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  20–16  Samoa
Try: Penalty try 9' c
Bitsadze 29' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 10', 30'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 38', 58'
Report[52] Try: Pisi 20' c
Con: Fa'apale (1/1) 21'
Pen: Fa'apale (3/3) 11', 49', 54'

Notes:

  • Giorgi Koshadze (Georgia) and Hisa Sasagi (Samoa) made their international debuts.
  • Giorgi Begadze (Georgia) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This was Georgia's largest winning margin over Samoa, surpassing the 1 point difference set in 2013.

19 November 2016
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  20–18  South Africa
Try: Van Schalkwyk 11' c
Venditti 55' c
Con: Canna (2/2) 12', 57'
Pen: Padovani (1/1) 29'
Canna (1/1) 64'
Report[53] Try: Habana 8' m
De Allende 16' c
Con: Lambie (1/2) 18'
Pen: Lambie (1/1) 45'
Jantjies (1/1) 60'

Notes:

  • Simone Ferrari and Nicola Quaglio both made their international debuts Italy.
  • This was Italy's first ever win over South Africa in 13 attempts, and was Italy's first ever win over one of the big three Southern Hemisphere nations (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).

19 November 2016
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Germany  16–6  Brazil
Try: Poppmeier 8' m
Otto 61' m
Pen: Parkinson (2/3) 19', 52'
Report[54] Pen: Duque (2/5) 48', 66'

19 November 2016
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
Heriot's Rugby Club Scotland 15–43  Emerging Italy
Try: Liness 38' m
Parker 73' c
Con: Crawford (1/1) 74'
Pen: Fox (1/2) 8'
Report[56]
(In Italian)
Try: Minozzi (2) 11' m, 79' c
Chillon 26' c
Gabbianelli 43' c
Marinaro 64' c
Negri 68' c
Con: Pescetto (5/6) 26', 44', 65', 69', 80'
Pen: Pescetto (1/2) 43'

19 November 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  58–15  Fiji
Try: Joseph (2) 3' c, 55' c
Daly 8' c
Rokoduguni (2) 12' m, 64' m
Harrison 19' m
Launchbury (2) 26' c, 69' m
Goode 49' m
Con: Farrell (4/6) 4', 9', 27', 50'
Ford (1/3) 56'
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 37'
Report[57] Try: Nadolo 31' m
Nakarawa 40' m
Talebula 43' m

Notes:


19 November 2016
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  33–30  Japan
Try: Lydiate 10' c
Roberts 22' c
Warburton 51'
Con: Halfpenny (3/3) 12', 23', 52'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 42', 59', 69'
Drop: S. Davies (1/1) 79'
Report[58] Try: Yamada 37' c
Fukuoka 54' c
Lotoahea 73' c
Con: Lafaele (1/1) 38'
Tamura (2/2) 56' c, 74'
Pen: Tamura (3/4) 4', 8', 62'

Notes:


19 November 2016
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
Spain  33–16  Uruguay
Try: Barthere (2) 26' m, 40' c
Jorba 53' c
Contardi 62' m
Con: Linklater (2/4) 40', 54'
Pen: Linklater (3/3) 3', 24', 44'
Report[60]
(In Spanish)
Try: Gattas 71' c
Con: Ormaechea (1/1) 72'
Pen: Etcheverry (3/3) 9', 16', 31'
Estadio Ciudad de Málaga, Málaga[38][44]
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)

Notes:


19 November 2016
18:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  21–16  Canada
Try: Vlaicu 12' c
Dumitru 24' m
Con: Vlaicu (1/2) 13'
Pen: Vlaicu (3/4) 4', 31', 54'
Report[61] Try: Mack 74' c
Con: Braid (1/1) 75'
Pen: McRorie (3/3) 2', 15', 60'

Notes:


19 November 2016
17:00 CET (UTC+1)
Tonga  20–17  United States
Try: Veainu 11' c
Vainikolo 23' c
Con: Takulua (2/2) 11', 24'
Pen: Takulua (2/2) 40', 63'
Report[62] Try: Iosefo 38' c
Taufete'e 52' c
Con: Holder (2/2) 39', 52'
Pen: Holder (1/1) 16'

Notes:


19 November 2016
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  19–16  Argentina
Try: Maitland 54' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 55'
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 3', 28', 68', 80+3'
Report[64] Try: Orlando 50' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 51'
Pen: Sánchez (3/3) 39', 44', 63'

Notes:

  • Magnus Bradbury (Scotland) made his international debut.
  • Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This is the first time that Scotland has won three matches in a row against Argentina.

19 November 2016
17:30 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  9–21  New Zealand
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 9'
Jackson (2/2) 24', 57'
Report[65] Try: Fekitoa (2) 2' c, 65' c
B. Barrett 13' c
Con: B. Barrett (3/3) 4', 14', 66'

19 November 2016
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  23–25  Australia
Try: Vakatawa 16' m
Doussain 52' m
Fofana 66' c
Con: Machenaud (1/3) 65'
Pen: Machenaud (2/3) 5', 40'
Report[66] Try: Penalty try 23' c
Foley 42' c
Kuridrani 57' m
Con: Foley (2/3) 24, 44'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 21', 36'

Notes:

  • Yoann Maestri (France) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Kyle Godwin (Australia) made his international debut.
  • This was Australia's first win over France in France since their 59–16 win in 2010
  • Australia reclaimed the Trophée des Bicentenaires for the first time since 2014.

19 November 2016
18:00 CLST (UTC-03)
Chile  36–38  South Korea
Try: Bursic 7' c
Brangier 17' c
Ianiszewski (3) 23' c, 42' m, 56' m
Fernández 47' m
Con: González (3/6) 8', 18', 23'
Report[67] Try: Kang San 44' c
Hee 59' c
Gyul (3) 69' m, 72' c, 79' m
Bok 80' c
Con: Ryu (4/6) 45', 59', 73', 80'
Old Grangonian Club, Santiago[50]
Referee: Pablo de Lucca (Argentina)

Week 4[edit]

24 November 2016
20:45 CET (UTC+1)
French Barbarians France 19–11  Australia
Try: Lakafia 76' c
Con: Dumora (1/1) 77'
Pen: Lonca (1/1) 29'
Dumora (3/3) 53', 61', 69'
Report[68] Try: Mowen 2' m
Pen: Frisby (1/1) 9'
Godwin (1/1) 75'