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As the current Test season winds down with but one important game remaining when England host Australia next week on December 3 at Twickenham, a surprising tally reveals that the Six Nations fifteens hold an eight to six-win autumn record against the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship sides. Remember, that the four semi-finalists in the 2015 Rugby World Cup all hailed from below the Equator.

The failure of South Africa or Argentina to record a single victory this fall in Europe contributed to the Six Nations’ ascendancy, but also upset wins by Ireland over New Zealand in Chicago, and also the Wallabies loss to Ireland added on the two victories that made the difference.

This past week saw the All Blacks beat a stubborn France 24-19 and Ireland’s narrow win over Australia 27-24. England defeated Argentina (0-3) 27-14 and Wales beat a fading South Africa (0-3) 27-13. The Boks fell to sixth in the World Rugby rankings their lowest placement ever. 

Other contests follow:

Romania 36 – Uruguay 10

Scotland 43 – Georgia 16

Fiji 28 – Japan 25

Tonga 19 – Italy 17.

Women’s Tests

The Black Ferns from New Zealand had an easy time over host Ireland in Dublin, winning 38-8. England beat second ranked Canada 35-6.