Week Two November Internationals Preview & Team Announcements

International Rugby Teams

Here are the previews and team announcements for the second week of the November Internationals, featuring a number of Southern Hemisphere teams on their 2012 End of Year Northern Tour.

Last week featured some exciting games and even some upsets. As expected, in the top tier games the Northern Hemisphere teams only won one test, but it was not the one most were expecting. Argentina decisively defeated Wales 23 – 12, while France thrashed Australia 33 – 6. This ended France’s 5 test losing streak to Australia, but more importantly left Australia in danger of dropping out of the top four in the IRB World Rankings. The Wallabies began the tour as the second ranked team, but now sit on third.

When the 2015 Rugby World Cup seedings are decided at the end of November, the top four teams each get a pool, joined by a team ranked 4 to 8. If Australia lose to England this weekend, they could drop to fifth, meaning they will be assigned into the same pool as one of the top four teams.

Therefore, the Australia v England game at Twickenham takes on additional importance. Wallaby coach Robbie Deans has come under additional pressure following the France loss, and his job may not be able to withstand another defeat.

Another pivotal matchup is France v Argentina. The Les Bleus are strong favourites, but have sometimes struggled to back up a dominant performance. Furthermore, the Los Pumas have often been a bogey team for the French. After defeating Australia, France moved up to fourth place and will be desperate to retain it. Argentina also moved up, from 8th to 7th, retaining that position should ensure they do not get assigned the same pool as the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, as expected the All Blacks have made sweeping changes to the team that put fifty points on the Scots. No less than 14 changes have been made to the starting 15. This means a new captain for All Blacks, with number eight Kieran Read leading the team for the first time.

Wales v Samoa

16 Nov 19:30 at at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
RugbyFix Pick: WALES to beat Samoa by 11

Wales team to play Samoa

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones (captain), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James.
Reserves: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Scott Williams.

Samoa team to play Wales

15 Faatoina Autagavaia, 14 Paul Perez, 13 George Pisi, 12 Paul Williams, 11 David Lemi (captain), 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Daniel Leo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Reserves: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Villiamu Afatia, 18 James Johnston, 19 tbc, 20 Tivaini Fomai, 21 Jeremy Su’a, 22 Johnny Leota, 23 Robert Lilomaiava.

Italy v New Zealand

17 Nov 15:00 (local) at Stadio Olimpico, Rome
RugbyFix Pick: NEW ZEALAND to beat Italy by 21

Italy team to play New Zealand

15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Reserves: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Robert Barbieri, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean.

New Zealand team to play Italy

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Cory Jane.

England v Australia

17 Nov 14:30 (local) at Twickenham Stadium, London
RugbyFix Pick: ENGLAND to beat Australia by 6

England team to play Australia

15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Charlie Sharples, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler.
Reserves: 16 David Paice, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Launchbury, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Mike Brown.

Australia team to play England

15 Berrick Barnes, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Reserves: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Drew Mitchell.

Scotland v South Africa

17 Nov 14:30 (local) at at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
RugbyFix Pick: SOUTH AFRICA to beat Scotland by 10

Scotland team to play South Africa

15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Mike Blair, 8 David Denton, 7 Kelly Brown (captain), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
Reserves: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 John Barclay, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Peter Murchie.

South Africa team to play Scotland

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermuelen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
16 Schalk Brits, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Jaco Taute, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

France v Argentina

17 Nov 21:00 (local) at Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille
RugbyFix Pick: FRANCE to beat Argentina by 8

France team to play Argentina

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Florian Fritz , 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé (captain), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Reserves: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Vincent Debaty, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.

Argentina team to play France

15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Julio Farias Cabello, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Reserves: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Tomas De la Vega, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Gonzalo Camacho, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.

Other games this weekend:

Saturday, November 17:
Ireland XV v Fiji at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick
Canada v Russia at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Tonga v USA at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Georgia v Japan in Tbilisi, Georgia
Chile v Portugal in Santiago, Chile

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