The final round of Autumn Internationals before the end of the year takes place this coming weekend, as teams from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere once again compete against one another. It should be a thrilling spectacle for rugby union fans, and the latest predictions for the matches taking place can be found here.
Wales vs Australia
- Wales: 13/20
- Draw: 22/1
- Australia: 14/10
Australia’s final international rugby fixture this year will take place on Saturday against Wales. It has been an extremely disappointing tour of Europe to this point for the Aussies, as they have lost three of the four games that they have played. Their only win came at the end of October, as they narrowly edged to a 16-15 win against Scotland.
That poor run of form stretches back even further for Australia, as they have picked up just a single victory in their previous seven international fixtures. That is hardly an ideal preparation for the World Cup next year, but the Aussies will be hoping for a response after a narrow 13-10 defeat against Ireland last weekend.
This will also be the last Wales rugby fixture this calendar year, but they will be looking to bounce back after an extraordinary loss in their previous fixture against Georgia. That was a huge shock result in Cardiff, with the minnows claiming a 13-12 win. That means that Wales have picked up just one win from their previous six internationals. Their only win was recorded against Argentina at the start of November, but they have also lost against Italy during that period.
This should be a very close match between two sides that are playing far from their best rugby at present. However, we could see Australia ending their Autumn Internationals on a high point.
England vs South Africa
- England: 13/20
- Draw: 22/1
- South Africa: 14/10
The standout fixture this weekend in rugby will be a rematch of the previous World Cup final, as England host South Africa. England have been experimenting with their team throughout the Autumn Internationals, and they have picked up a number of mixed results. Eddie Jones’s team played out a thrilling fixture in their previous match, as 50 points were shared with New Zealand.
England come into this fixture in solid enough form, as they have gone two without defeat, and have scored at least 25 points in their previous three internationals. Their only win during that period was a 52-13 success against Japan.
South Africa will end their year against England, and there should be confident within the team as they bounced back from two straight defeats with a thumping victory against the Italians last weekend. They were excellent 63-21 winners in that fixture, which was the perfect response after back-to-back defeats against Ireland and France.
However, we could see England rounding off their year with a victory against South Africa, which would inflict a little revenge following their World Cup final defeat a couple of years ago.