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A multitude of Test matches commence this weekend, beginning a month of significant tours as national fifteens travel around the globe. While all impart importance in the last tour month before next September’s Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, one game has achieved an unofficial world media topmost ranking as “The Match” …England hosting New Zealand.
- Japan v. New Zealand –Ajinomoto Stadium (50,000), Tokyo – The All Blacks must concentrate on the Brave Blossoms and not look ahead to the week after when they meet England.
- Wales v. Scotland – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – These fifteens will meet again in the Six Nations Tournament. Neither side has been in a RWC final.
- England v. South Africa – Twickenham – The teams are 2-2 since the last RWC in 2015.
- Ireland v. Italy – Soldier Field, Chicago – When the Irish played the All-Blacks in Chicago, the venue was a sellout. How attractive to Americans is this match?
- USA v. Maori All Blacks (5:15 p.m. CST) – Chicago. The third meeting of these teams. A true test to measure the Eagles’ recent improvement.
- England v. New Zealand, Twickenham – The Big Game. These teams have not met in four-years, last having played on November 8, 2014, in London when the All Blacks triumphed 24-21. Both nations have racked up 18-game win streaks in the interval. This contest will achieve mega-hype in rugby circles worldwide.
- Wales v. Australia, Millennium Stadium – A key contest for Wales against the Wallabies who have played dull and sluggish rugby since the RWC 2015, when they finished second.
- USA v. Samoa, Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain (32,000) – The Eagles lost the last contest to Samoa in the RWC 2015.
- Ireland v. Argentina, Aviva Stadiumm Dublin
- France v. South Africa, Stade de France, Paris
- Romania v. USA, Ghencea Sports Complex, Bucharest (28,000) – The Oaks beat the Eagles two-years ago.
- Scotland v. South Africa, Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- France v. Argentina, Stade de France
- Ireland v. New Zealand, Aviva Stadium – The current one and two ranked sides. The results are 1-1 since 2015, with the major Irish upset in Chicago.
- England v. Australia, Twickenham – The third November match for the Red Roses against a southern hemisphere nation. England lost to the Wallabies in the RWC 2015 Pool.
- Wales v. South Africa, Millennium Stadium
- Ireland v. USA, Aviva Stadium – A last Test against a top ten side for the Eagles before the 2019 RWC.