Autumn Internationals 2017: Round 1 Predictions

Jonathan Sexton

Autumn InternationalsEach week, we’ll look at the key games in the Autumn Internationals, with a brief preview and prediction for each.

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Predict November Internationals

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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9 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2017: Round 1 Predictions

  1. Well you say this is a full strength NZ team but they are missing 1,3,4,6,14,15.

    However the Frenchies are missing more than that so NZ will have to play very bad to lose this.

    1. Aye but look at the quality on the stand ins
      when 14 & 15 are replaced by Naholo and McKensie it certainly feels full strength and there no better time to give some players some experience than when playing a heavily depleted France

  2. Similar predictions from me, although I think Wales could struggle. They are moving to a new gameplan, and that can take time to bed in, while Australia seem to have really found form at the worst time for Wales. Aus by 10.

  3. Looking forward to watching Malcolm Marx play. Think Iteland will have to much for the Saffers though and Jantjies is still prone to doing silly things

    Wales won’t have a better chance to beat the Wallabies. No Pocock, no Folau (who has been on fire recently), Hannigan at 6, Kerevi at 12 (big lad but some shocking defence at times), Koroibete on the wing (he’s fast and strong but he’s stil a union novice at this level)

    I know Wales have their own injury issues but this is a gild-edged chance to beat the Aussies

    1. Pablito
      Don’t you think that you’re being a mite harsh on Jantjies? After all, he has a gr8 haircut & tatts.

  4. Predictions seem rational enough.. in theory. H’ever less sure about the Fiji-Italy, Wales-Oz results. Also, Wales could turn over Oz, although history legislates agin this.. but that’s history & may not count.

  5. Also 23 may be generous for NZ. A stronger team is out for this game than last time, but still contains ‘dev’ players like McKenzie, Romano & the props. Many of the French players are unfamiliar to me, but can’t fathom why Bastareaud is still @ centre. Predictable, guileless battering ram. Must be better mid- fielders around, but we’ll ‘see’ after Sat evening. Mind you, I’m lucky that this almost ‘English only’ site gives other teams a look in nowadays – due to the insularity of bloggers it would seem. Ah well, what’s new I suppose.


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