THE Autumn internationals are back with PACKED stadiums – and England, Wales and Scotland are enjoying full arenas and beer swigging in front of test rugby.
The Covid crisis has led to both last year’s Autumn internationals and the 2021 Six Nations being held behind closed doors – but now, the rugby turnstiles are spinning once again.
Ireland recorded a stunning win over the All Blacks in Dublin – their third victory in three years[/caption]
Marcus Smith continued to impress for England as the Red Rose defeated Australia 32-15[/caption]
England defeated Tonga 69-3 in their opening fixture then won an arm wrestle with Australia, beating the Wallabies 32-15.
Wales have finally got back to winning ways after back to back defeats with a 38-23 win over Fiji at the Principality Stadium, following losses to New Zealand and South Africa.
Scotland have had a positive start after they beat Tonga 60-14 before defeating Australia 15-13, but could not overcome world champions South Africa, who they lost to 30-15.
Ireland have made a sensational start to these games with a 60-5 win over Japan before recording a stunning 29-20 win over New Zealand.
There are some significant changes to the TV schedules as well, with matches being broadcast on Amazon Prime.
AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS FIXTURES 2021
Saturday October 30, 2021
Saturday November 6, 2021
- Ireland 60-5 Japan
- England 69-3 Tonga
- Italy 9-47 New Zealand
- Wales 18-23 South Africa
- France 29-20 Argentina
Sunday November 7, 2021
- Scotland 15-13 Australia
Saturday November 13, 2021
Sunday November 14, 2021
- France 41-15 Georgia
- Wales 38-23 Fiji
Saturday November 20, 2021
- Italy vs Uruguay – 1pm UK – venue TBC
- Scotland vs Japan – 1pm – Murrayfield
- England vs South Africa – 3.15pm – Twickenham
- Wales vs Australia – 5.30pm – Principality Stadium
Sunday November 21, 2021
- Ireland vs Argentina – 2.15pm – Aviva Stadium
Saturday November 27, 2021
- Barbarians vs Samoa – 2.30pm – Twickenham
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Will there be fans at the Autumn Internationals matches and can I buy tickets?
Yes – the home unions are all selling tickets with full capacity stadiums expected.
There may be restrictions at France and Italy’s home games but there are expected to be full crowds in both countries.
You can buy tickets at the following home nations unions: