There is another busy weekend of international rugby action, as the Autumn Internationals continue this weekend. Once again, teams from the southern hemisphere will be taking on Europe’s finest, but which teams will be able to pick up vital points ahead of huge fixtures in 2023?
England vs New Zealand
- England: 14/10
- Draw: 22/1
- New Zealand: 13/20
England will be looking to continue their positive momentum after bouncing back from a shocking defeat against Argentina in the first of their Autumn Internationals. The response from Eddie Jones’s team was emphatic last weekend, as they hammered Japan 52-13. However, this is a completely different proposition against the All Blacks.
This will be New Zealand’s final international fixture of 2022, but they have looked incredibly strong already in the fixtures that they have played in Europe. They cruised to a 55-23 win against Wales at the start of November, before being pushed closer by Scotland last weekend, eventually edging to a 31-23 win. However, we struggle to see past the All Blacks this weekend.
Italy vs South Africa
- Italy: 8/1
- Draw: 30/1
- South Africa: 1/12
The reigning world champions will warm up for their final international match of 2022 on Saturday, as they clash with Italy. South Africa will certainly have something to prove in this final international fixture, as they have been beaten in their previous two matches in Europe. The most recent of those defeats was suffered against an improving France last weekend, with the French claiming a 30-26 win.
Speaking of improving nations, that leads us to Italy. Despite calls for the Italians to be banished from the Six Nations, they have shown excellent improvement throughout this year. After beating Wales in March, they have recorded back to back wins against Samoa and Australia. The latest win certainly shows how far they have come, but this could be a bridge too far against the world champions.
Scotland vs Argentina
- Scotland: 6/10
- Draw: 25/1
- Argentina: 15/10
Scotland and Argentina will collide on Saturday, with both nations looking for a positive result. Scotland were brave in their most recent fixture against New Zealand, but they were eventually edged out by the All Blacks to lose 31-23. Before that defeat, the Scots had recorded a win against Fiji.
Argentina couldn’t build on their historic win at Twickenham against England in their fixture last weekend, as they were beaten 20-13 by Wales. However, we could make a very strong case for them closing their campaign with a big win in Scotland this weekend.
Ireland vs Australia
- Ireland: 1/5
- Draw: 26/1
- Australia: 4/1
Australia are a huge price to end their tour of Europe with a victory on Saturday, as they have lost each of their previous two games on European soil. However, both defeats have only come by one point. But, their recent defeat against Italy was certainly a low point in their international history, and a response will be needed this weekend.
This will be Ireland’s final international fixture of 2022, and it has been a relatively positive year. They have already recorded wins against Wales, England and South Africa, and they were excellent once again last weekend when beating Fiji. The odds certainly tell the story here, and we struggle to see past the Irish.