The Chal­lengers!

BeRugby - - Autumn Internationals -

New Zealand

Form Guide (last 10): 7 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw The world’s num­ber 1 ranked team lost close matches against the Li­ons and Aus­tralia this year, how­ever, they have rarely gone into a test match as an un­der­dog. Since 2010, New Zealand have won 2 Rugby World Cups and lost only 9 matches (out of 105!). With tests against France, Wales and Scot­land, they will fancy a clean sweep of wins af­ter end­ing their sea­son in the south with a Rugby Cham­pi­onship win... and a sur­prise de­feat to Aus­tralia. They will also be look­ing to avenge the drawn Li­ons se­ries from the sum­mer.

Aus­tralia

Form Guide (last 10): 5 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws Aus­tralia haven’t won all of their Au­tumn In­ter­na­tion­als since 2013, and haven’t had a win­ning sea­son (more wins than losses in the year) since 2015. Over the past year, they have lost to all of the home na­tions ex­cept Wales. They are boosted by a late win over New Zealand and draws against South Africa, but their form has been tur­bu­lent - they will be hop­ing for a strong end to their sea­son.

South Africa

Form Guide (last 10): 5 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws Af­ter los­ing to Ja­pan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, South Africa were in a bad place. Un­for­tu­nately it got worse, the South African’s had a ter­ri­ble 2016, los­ing the sum­mer se­ries against Ire­land, all 3 of their tests in the Au­tumn (in­clud­ing a 20-18 de­feat by Italy) and they suf­fered their first home loss against Ar­gentina in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship. 2017 has slightly im­proved South Africa’s for­tunes, how­ever, a poor France side put up lit­tle con­test for 3 of those wins... the other wins came against Ar­gentina. More wins than losses would be a good re­turn!

Ar­gentina

Form Guide (last 10): 1 win, 9 losses

The Ar­gen­tini­ans have a tough gig. They play most of their tests against the South­ern Hemi­sphere gi­ants, and their lo­ca­tion in South America means they rack up a lot of mileage to play any game. They’re also in a na­tion where rugby is far from the na­tional sport - they don’t have a ma­jor do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion and are still ad­just­ing to life (with one team) in Su­per Rugby. De­spite this, they are still a fierce op­po­nent and can beat any team on their day - the only ma­jor na­tion they have never beaten is New Zealand.

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