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Italy Celebrate MIlestone Victory

The anticipated rematch between Ireland and New Zealand in Dublin last weekend turned out to be a plodding slugfest beset with injuries from hard play. The All Blacks achieved a modicum of payback, defeating the Irish 21-9 to avenge the loss in Chicago, Ireland's first ever victory against the world champions that ended their 18 game win streak.

But the Match of the Day last week had to be host Italy's upset win over South Africa 20-18 in Florence, another historic first ever win for the Azzurri over the Boks.  The question in South Africa is what has happened to its national rugby side? The team lost to unheralded Japan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, lost away to Argentina 26-24 this past August (second ever recorded Los Pumas win), and it has only two wins in the last eight games,

Australia beat France 25-23 in Paris in a tightly contested match, marked by a controversial ending.

Other Test results in Europe follow:

Scotland 19 - Argentina 16

Romania 21 - Canada 16

Tonga 20 - USA 17

England 58 - Fiji 15

Wales 33 - Japan 30


Many of the above games can be seen on You Tube. But an easier way to find replays is to go to Reddit Rugby at  Here, every week, usually on Mondays,  you will find a long list of links to the past weekend's international Tests.