Each week, we’ll look at the key games in the Autumn Internationals, with a brief preview and prediction for each.
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Italy v Fiji
Fiji beat Italy in the summer, but I don’t think they’ve ever beaten them away from home. There’s no Nemani Nadolo either, so the smart money is on the Azzurri. Italy by 7.
Scotland v Samoa
Samoan Rugby seems to be in a dreadful state, financially, and that will surely affect the players. The Scots are also looking half-decent, so I would expect them to win farirly comfortably. Scotland by 19.
England v Argentina
You can read the detailed preview here, where I have gone for a big England win. England by 28.
Wales v Australia
The change of gameplan from Wales will be interesting to watch (well, it would be if I wasn’t watching Ireland v SA), with playmakers Dan Biggar and Owen Williams starting at 10 and 12 respectively. Can they finally get a backline going and end their dreadful run against the Wallabies? Looking at the chart below, the trajectory of Australia’s winning margins is actually on the up, but this will be close I suspect. Australia by 6.
Ireland v South Africa
The Springboks are a bit all over the place at the moment, one week being pumped 57-0 by the All Blacks, and the next losing by a solitary point. It already feels like a must-win match for both sides, but I think Ireland will have enough firepower to take the spoils. Ireland by 7.
France v New Zealand
This is a full-strength team for the All Blacks, up against a rookie half-back pairing. It’s hard to predict, but the safest pick is a big New Zealand win. New Zealand by 23.
Do you agree with these predictions? Can Wales beat Australia?
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