The November Autumn Internationals Round 3 sees 11 matches all over the globe and plenty of milestones as All Blacks legend Dan Carter plays his 100th test, while Sam Whitelock earns his 50th test cap. Italy’s Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni are also set to play their 100th test matches against Fiji. There are plenty of mouth-watering matches this week with most international rugby teams of any note playing.
As an All Blacks fan I am hoping that the All Blacks gain revenge from 2012 and win at Twickenham against England. The All Blacks hate losing, but especially losing to England. The All Blacks will be more aware of this England team which will be missing players like through injury including Manu Tuilagi, Alex Corbisiero, Mako Vunipola and Christian Wade. This All Blacks team won’t be happy with their game after they beat France with a patchy performance. Cory Jane is the casualty from the French test with Charles Piutau joining Julian Savea on the wings. They really have an embarrassment of riches. Luke Romano comes onto the bench meaning the All Blacks have gone for power on their bench over speed.
The November Autumn International test rugby is so diverse with games in locations as diverse as Georgia, Uruguay and Japan play Russia in Wales.
Italy should celebrate their centurions with a win over Fiji, Wales, France, Romania and Uruguay should also all win at home, although France should win by the most. I think the USA will do better in Georgia than Canada did last week and beat Georgia, while Japan should be too strong for Russia in Wales.
Australia, South Africa and the All Blacks must win away against their opponents. I think the class of these Rugby Championship heavyweights should shine through. These matches are difficult to pick margins for, but I think the Springboks will be the more comfortable winner.
The French Barbarians vs Samoa is difficult to pick. Samoa were thrashed by Ireland last week, but it is always tough for these Barbarians type sides to gel enough to win. I am picking them to win in France. This French Barbarians squad is full of former France test players and includes former New Zealand based players in All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu and Hurricanes winger David Smith. I am picking them to still do enough to beat Samoa.
Who are you picking to win in the November Autumn International tests Round 3? Which match are you looking forward to the most?
The Super Rugby Tips November Autumn International Test Round 3 Picks
Game Date and time Your pick Italy v Fiji 16 Nov 15:00 (local)
17 Nov 03:00 (your time*) Italy by 7 Wales v Argentina 16 Nov 14:30 (local)
17 Nov 03:30 (your time*) Wales by 7 England v New Zealand 16 Nov 14:30 (local)
17 Nov 03:30 (your time*) New Zealand by 14 France v Tonga 16 Nov 18:00 (local)
17 Nov 06:00 (your time*) France by 21 Ireland v Australia 16 Nov 17:45 (local)
17 Nov 06:45 (your time*) Australia by 7 Scotland v South Africa 17 Nov 15:00 (local)
18 Nov 04:00 (your time*) South Africa by 28 French Barbarians v Samoa 16 Nov 20:00 (local)
17 Nov 08:00 (your time*) French Barbarians by 6 Japan v Russia 15 Nov 19:30 (local)
16 Nov 08:30 (your time*) Japan by 12 Georgia v USA 16 Nov 14:00 (local)
16 Nov 23:00 (your time*) USA by 3 Romania v Canada 16 Nov 18:30 (local)
17 Nov 06:30 (your time*) Romania by 7 Uruguay v Spain 16 Nov 16:00 (local)
17 Nov 07:00 (your time*) Uruguay by 6