Rugby

Weekend Herald - - What’s On -

In­ter­na­tion­als, to­day 8.20am; to­mor­row 2.50am, 3.20am, 3.50am, 6.05am, 6.20am, 8.30am.Wed­nes­day 7am.

There’s an early start this morn­ing for Ton­gan fans as their na­tional team plays the Bar­bar­ians in Ire­land. To­mor­row morn­ing, the north­ern tour is in full swing, with six in­ter­na­tion­als. Italy and Fiji get the ball rolling, fol­lowed by Scot­land host­ing Samoa at Mur­ray­field. Af­ter play­ing two in­ter­na­tion­als mid-year at their place, Eng­land re­turn to Twick­ers to host Ar­gentina look­ing for a three­p­eat. Wales are at home to the Wal­la­bies in the fourth match of the packed sched­ule. They have met 40 times. Aus­tralia have won 29 and Wales 10, with one drawn, but in the first 70 years, from 1908, Wales won six to Aus­tralia's two. Since the 1987 World Cup, Aus­tralia have dom­i­nated, win­ning 24 to two. Ire­land fol­low with their home game against South Africa, be­fore France and the All Blacks round out the busy day at Stade de France in Paris. France played their first ever rugby test in 1906 against the All Blacks, who won 38-8. France won their third meet­ing, which was not played un­til 1954. They have met 57 times, with the All Blacks ahead 44-12 and one draw (in 2002). On Wed­nes­day, the All Blacks meet a French XV in Lyon.

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