A Guide to the Rugby Autumn Series
The 2013 Autumn Rugby International Series, known as the End of Year Rugby Test series in the southern hemisphere (presumably as it’s not Autumn down there!), is due to kick off shortly.
The series takes place each year and involves the Six Nations European teams (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy) playing three or four test matches against a visiting nation which includes Argentina, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa and Tonga.
In addition a number of other B level teams participate also resulting in a great spectacle of rugby union.
The series takes place this year over 5 weeks from 2nd November to 30th November. In addition the third and final Bledisloe Cup will take place next month, 19th October, between Australia and New Zealand. We take a look at home the home nations are scheduled for the series.
England start the ball rolling for the home nations with a clash against Australia. They will certainly be hoping to improve on last years performance when they lost against the Australian team. England then go on to face Argentina on the 9th of November and finally New Zealand on 16th November with all the matches taking place in Twickenham in London.
For Scotland their series does not commence until 9th November when they will face Japan. They then move on to face South Africa on the 17th November and Australia on the 23rd with all of their action taking place in Murrayfield, Edinburgh.
Wales will also face South Africa and Argentina on the 9th and 16th of November respectively. Their final clash will be against Tonga on the 22nd November. All of the action for Wales will take place in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Finally the Irish team, which represents the whole island of Ireland will face Samoa as their first test on the 9th November followed by Australia on the 16th November and will finish with a clash against the All Blacks - New Zealand on the 24th November with all of the Irish series taking place across the water in the Aviva Stadium Dublin.
No doubt the teams will be hoping for a better performance this year with only England and Ireland securing any victories last year. We look forward to some exciting action on the pitch.