The 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals

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The 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals, also known as the 2017 Autumn Internationals in the Northern Hemisphere, will be a series of international rugby union matches predominantly played between the visiting Southern Hemisphere countries: Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – and the European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Fixtures:
November 11: Ireland vs. South Africa - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
November 18: France vs. South Africa - Stade de France, Saint Denis
November 25: Italy vs. South Africa
December 2: Wales vs. South Africa Principality Stadium, Cardiff
 

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I just wonder which Bok team is going to pitch? The one that played in Cape Town or the one with their mediocre performances the rest of the Rugby Champs.

The goal must be 4 out of 4 wins. I know Brendan Venter disagrees about it only being about results, but dammit, this should be a fairly easier end of year tour.

I suspect the French-game will be much harder. They want to proof a point after the June internationals.
 

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I suspect we'll be far stronger on this tour than we were last year. The team is in a much better space than twelve months ago and assuming that the squad is fit, we should win at least 3 of the four games (Ireland being the only possible stumbling block). Warren Whiteley should be back to lead the team which is great news.
 

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Week 1
24 October 2017
Classic Wallabies Australia v Barbarians - Crozier Field, Lismore
Fixtures:

28 October 2017
Australia v Barbarians - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Japan v World XV Level5 Stadium, Fukuoka

Week 2
3 November 2017
Canada v Māori All Blacks - BC Place, Vancouver
4 November 2017
Barbarians v New Zealand - Twickenham Stadium, London
Japan v Australia - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Namibia v Asia Pacific Dragons - TBA

Week 3 - 10/11 November 2017
Barbarians v Tonga - Thomond Park, Limerick
French Barbarians v Māori All Blacks - Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Italy v Fiji - Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Scotland v Samoa - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
England v Argentina - Twickenham Stadium, London
Wales v Australia - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Ireland v South Africa - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v New Zealand - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Georgia v Canada - Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Germany v Brazil - Bruno-Plache-Stadion, Leipzig

Week 4 - 14/18 November 2017
14 Nov:
France v New Zealand - Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
18 Nov:
Italy v Argentina - Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Wales v Georgia - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London
Scotland v New Zealand - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Ireland v Fiji - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v South Africa - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Belgium v Brazil - King Baudouin Stadium (Annex 2), Brussels
Germany v United States - BRITA-Arena, Wiesbaden
Japan v Tonga - TBA, France
Namibia v Uruguay - TBA
Romania v Samoa - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Buchares
Spain v Canada - TBA

Week 5 - 25 November 2017
England v Samoa - Twickenham Stadium, London
France v Japan - TBA
Georgia v Fiji - TBA
Ireland v Argentina - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Italy v South Africa - TBA
Scotland v Australia - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Wales v New Zealand - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Week 5 -25 November 2017
Italy v South Africa - Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Scotland v Australia - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
England v Samoa - Twickenham Stadium, London
Wales v New Zealand - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v Japan - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Fiji v Canada - TBA
Georgia v United States - Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Germany v Chile - Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion, Offenbach
Namibia v Uruguay - TBA
Romania v Tonga - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Spain v Brazil - Villajoyosa Rugby Stadium, Alicante

Week 6 -
2 December 2017
Wales v South Africa - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
 

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Damn, no Warren Whiteley for the EoY tour.

Etzebeth to lead Boks on European tour

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed that Eben Etzebeth will retain the captaincy of the national side on the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the Northern Hemisphere in November and December.

Etzebeth will again lead the side in the continued injury absence of No 8 Warren Whiteley, who has been ruled out of the tour to Ireland, France, Italy and Wales and is expected to be out of action for two more months as a result of his groin injury.

The No 4 lock took over the leadership duties at the end of June when Whiteley was forced to withdraw on the eve of the third test against France in Johannesburg. Etzebeth has subsequently led the Springboks in all six Castle Lager Rugby Championship test matches.
More here at Supersport.com
 

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Barbarians pick Potgieter http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/barbarians-pick-potgieter

Former Springbok flank Jacques Potgieter has been included in the Barbarians squad for their match against the Wallabies in Sydney on 28 October.

Earlier on Friday, the Barbarians had released a squad list that also included South Africans Seabelo Senatla, Wilco Louw and Cyle Brink. But that tweet was soon deleted and an updated squad, without the trio, released.

The team will be captained by Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper.

The Barbarians will also play matches against the All Blacks at Twickenham on 4 November and Tonga in Limerick on the 10th.

Barbarians – Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Phillip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, Taniela Tupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams, Tom Banks.
 

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Ireland vs Springboks
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zelaand)
Assistant: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant: Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

France vs Springboks
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant: Tom Foley (England)
TMORowan Kitt (England)

Italy vs Springboks
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)

Wales vs Springboks
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
 

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Week 1
24 October 2017
Classic Wallabies Australia v Barbarians - Crozier Field, Lismore
Fixtures:

28 October 2017
Australia v Barbarians - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Japan v World XV Level5 Stadium, Fukuoka

Week 2
3 November 2017
Canada v Māori All Blacks - BC Place, Vancouver
4 November 2017
Barbarians v New Zealand - Twickenham Stadium, London
Japan v Australia - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Namibia v Asia Pacific Dragons - TBA

Week 3 - 10/11 November 2017
Barbarians v Tonga - Thomond Park, Limerick
French Barbarians v Māori All Blacks - Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Italy v Fiji - Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Scotland v Samoa - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
England v Argentina - Twickenham Stadium, London
Wales v Australia - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Ireland v South Africa - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v New Zealand - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Georgia v Canada - Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Germany v Brazil - Bruno-Plache-Stadion, Leipzig

Week 4 - 14/18 November 2017
14 Nov:
France v New Zealand - Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
18 Nov:
Italy v Argentina - Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Wales v Georgia - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London
Scotland v New Zealand - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Ireland v Fiji - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v South Africa - Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Belgium v Brazil - King Baudouin Stadium (Annex 2), Brussels
Germany v United States - BRITA-Arena, Wiesbaden
Japan v Tonga - TBA, France
Namibia v Uruguay - TBA
Romania v Samoa - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Buchares
Spain v Canada - TBA

Week 5 - 25 November 2017
England v Samoa - Twickenham Stadium, London
France v Japan - TBA
Georgia v Fiji - TBA
Ireland v Argentina - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Italy v South Africa - TBA
Scotland v Australia - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Wales v New Zealand - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Week 5 -25 November 2017
Italy v South Africa - Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Scotland v Australia - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
England v Samoa - Twickenham Stadium, London
Wales v New Zealand - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France v Japan - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Fiji v Canada - TBA
Georgia v United States - Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Germany v Chile - Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion, Offenbach
Namibia v Uruguay - TBA
Romania v Tonga - Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Spain v Brazil - Villajoyosa Rugby Stadium, Alicante

Week 6 -
2 December 2017
Wales v South Africa - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
So France will play NZ and us three times in a space of a week? That can't be right.
 

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Ah crap!

EYE-GOUGING CLOUD HANGS OVER BOK

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: SOUTH AFRICA COULD BE WITHOUT THE SERVICES OF ONE OF THEIR KEY LOOSE FORWARDS FOR THEIR YEAR-END TOUR, WITH AN EYE-GOUGING CLOUD HANGING OVER HIS HEAD.

Bok flank Francois Louw faces a lengthy ban after an eye-gouging incident during the Bath's European Championship clash against Benetton last weekend.

Louw has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eye area of the Benetton second row, Marco Fuser in the 77th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (m) contact with the eye area.

While it isn’t clear if he has tried to gouge his opponent in this instance, his hands are visibly placed on the opposition players face.

If found guilty, the flank could be out for weeks and could miss South Africa's end of year tour to the Northern Hemisphere in November and December.

The Springbok squad for the end of year tour will be confirmed on Sunday, October 29 - the day after the Currie Cup final - and the squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 31 October.

South Africa's opponents during their month-long European tour are Ireland (November 11, Dublin), France (November 18, Paris), Italy (November 25, Padova) and Wales (December 2, Cardiff).

Fuser is alleged to have bitten Louw, which is in contravention of Law 10.4 (m) Biting.

Law 10.4 (m), biting, carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: 12 weeks; Mid-range: 18 weeks; Top end: 24 to 208 weeks.

The two complaints were made by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland).

Antony Davies (England), Chairman, Achille Reali (Italy) and Becky Essex (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearings which will take place on Wednesday, October 18 in London.
From Rugby365.com
 

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Welcome back Leitch,

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/...gby-leitch-to-lead-japan-in-autumn-tests.html

Rugby: Leitch to lead Japan in autumn tests

Toshiba Brave Lupus forward Michael Leitch will lead Japan in their upcoming four matches, head coach Jamie Joseph announced Thursday in naming his 34-man squad for the game against a World XV and tests against Australia, Tonga and France.

Leitch had made himself unavailable for national selection following the 2015 Rugby World Cup but returned to the international fold in June and will be the man to lead Japan to the next World Cup, Joseph said.

"He is our best leader," Joseph said. "He has shown in the past the players will follow him. He is comfortable with the role both on and off the field and leads from the front. He is exactly what we want leading into 2019."

Joseph said Leitch's appointment would allow Panasonic Wild Knights hooker Shota Horie -- who led the side last year along with Harumichi Tatekawa in Leitch's absence -- to simply concentrate on his game.

Tatekawa, meanwhile, was named as a co-captain to ensure some of the responsibility of leading the side is shared, but the 27-year-old center is set to miss the games against the World XV and the Wallabies after picking up an injury playing for Kubota Spears last weekend.
 
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