Autumn’s Rugby Internationals make Barbarians of as all
At the beginning of the 2017-18 rugby season, there is plenty to look forward to and the Autumn Internationals are the first big test for the home nations.
November sees tours by Argentina, South Africa and Samoa, but one of the most exciting inclusions is the upcoming tour of Europe by Australia and New Zealand, dubbed by the All Blacks “The End of Year Tour” .
Between them, the teams will play England, Wales, France and Scotland in a series of one-off games throughout the month.
You can fly to all of these matches with Atlas Helicopters, landing just five minutes from your Twickenham seat. Give our friendly Operations Team the fixture and everything else will be arranged for you.
And if you feel a little aggrieved the All Blacks are not playing England, have a listen to the crowd cheer on the Barbarians during this fabulous try.
Saturday 4th November
Barbarians vs. New Zealand
The first and most controversial match of the line-up is the New Zealand squad facing off against the Barbarians. Initially, the Lions wanted to play this match as a ‘decider’ from their previous series against the All Blacks, but were out-negotiated as the Barbarians offered twice the money from ticket sales than England.
In addition, head coach Eddie Jones wants his players to be in training for two weeks before the match against Argentina the following weekend, citing this as the reason why they did not try harder for the fixture. Nevertheless, this will be an exciting warm-up to a season packed with fixtures.
Find out more about the Barbarians here: www.barbarianfc.co.uk
As you can see below the All Blacks are currently in fine form with a great debut from David Havili against a slight under par Argentina. Where do the Kiwis keep finding these players?
Saturday 11th November
England vs. Argentina
Wales vs. Australia
France vs. New Zealand
Ireland vs. South Africa
The following weekend is when the true international action begins. While Australia face off against the Welsh at Cardiff, the All Blacks will be playing the French at the Stade de France in the first of two matches.
Tuesday 14th November
France vs. New Zealand
The second game between France and New Zealand, in Lyon’s Park Olympique. Although not officially a part of the tour, this will be a chance for one team to even the odds, or for the other to secure a crushing victory.
Saturday 18th November
England vs. Australia
Scotland vs. New Zealand
Wales v Georgia
Ireland vs Fiji
France vs South Africa
The Wallabies will then come to England, one week after their fixture in Cardiff, to play England at Twickenham; the only game of the Australia and New Zealand tour in which England’s international team will feature. At the same time, only four days after finishing the French series in a completely packed schedule, the All Blacks will be heading north to Edinburgh to take on the Scots.
Saturday 25th November
England vs. Samoa
Wales vs. New Zealand
Scotland vs. Australia
Ireland vs. Argentina
France vs. Japan
In the final weekend of the autumn internationals, Scotland will face Australia, and New Zealand will make a final stop in Cardiff.
This tour is sure to be packed with close and exciting matches as the teams size each other up in preparation for the Six Nations in February 2018. Coming hot off a crushing win over South Africa recently, New Zealand are feeling confident, so it will be up to the Europeans to show them they’re warmed up and ready for the new season.
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