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Autumn Internationals Rugby Preview

Autumn Internationals Rugby Preview

After Ireland’s stunning victory against the all-conquering All Blacks last weekend, there are half a dozen superb matches to look forward to last weekend.
Ireland should find things easier against Canada while England and Scotland face a pair of top southern hemisphere sides. Keep reading for our Autumn Internationals rugby betting preview.

England and Ireland looking for wins

England kick off their autumn internationals with a match against South Africa at Twickenham.
The home side are looking for their first win against the Springboks in 12 fixtures spanning a decade and coach Eddie Jones has made some changes for the match. Wasps centre Elliot Daly will start for England for the first time will form a new midfield partnership with Owen Farrell, with Bath’s Jonathan Joseph the man to miss out.
Tom Wood will line-up at open-side flanker for his first England appearance in more than a year while Jonny May returns on the wing.
South Africa needed a late comeback to snatch a 31-31 draw against the Barbarians last weekend and recently suffered a record 57-15 loss to New Zealand. They have lost five of their last nine matches and former Springbok Hennie le Roux believes the visitors are ‘ripe for the taking’.
“There’s been quite a lot of turmoil in South African rugby,” ex-international centre Le Roux told the BBC. “At this point, England playing at home I think will have the edge.”
England are clear favourites for the match and 10/11 to win by more than 11 points.
With New Zealand on an 18-match winning streak, we tipped Ireland to run them close last week but few expected such an incredible win. The victory in Chicago was Ireland’s first against the All Blacks and Joe Schmidt’s side will go into their international with Canada with enormous confidence.
Even though they registered a historic win, Ireland are still expected to make changes for the match in Dublin. Flanker Sean O’Brien is set to return having not features in Test rugby since February because of a hamstring injury. Munster flanker Peter O’Mahony may also feature after proving his fitness by appearing in his side’s 33-0 win over Ospreys.
“It’s a huge game, a huge game for everyone. You can be sure Canada will be preparing to come and beat us,” O’Brien said of Saturday’s encounter. “Once you’ve been away from the set-up for a long time, pulling on an Irish jersey is going to mean a lot this weekend. So that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
We tipped Ireland with a 23 point start last week at 10/11. With a great victory behind them, they can put Canada to the sword and overcome the 38 point handicap at 10/11.

Scotland face a tough task at Murrayfield

Australia had lost seven of their last ten international before arriving in the UK last week but were far too good for Wales, running out 32-8 winners.
Man of the match Bernard Foley controlled the match, and the Wallabies head to Murrayfield this week to play Scotland.
Scotland captain Gregg Laidlaw believes his side’s narrow 35-34 defeat to the Aussies in the World Cup will provide inspiration for Saturday’s match.
Laidlaw said: “We understand that defensively we need to be stronger this time around. We gave away five tries so Australia will probably be thinking they can cause us problems. So we need to be real tight in our defence, real tight in our driving maul and our forward play so we are not giving away cheap points.
“If we get our stuff right, we feel as though we’ve got a strong game plan. We just need to stay in the moment and stick to our game plan. If we do that, we think we can be in the game.”
The Wallabies come into the match having played a lot of rugby recently and look good value at 10/11 to overcome the 10 point handicap.
Wales are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Australia last week although they face a tricky match against 2015 World Cup semi-finalists Argentina. While the Pumas only won one match in this year’s Rugby Championship they played well against New Zealand and looked in good form when they recently beat Japan 54-20.
Wales second row Bradley Davies said: “They’ve played very good rugby especially in the last couple of games they’ve played – probably from the World Cup really. The way they have improved has been phenomenal and they’ve got a physical pack as well – so they beat you up up-front and they spin the ball about as well now.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and we’ve shown over the years that we can do it.”
Argentina can be backed at 10/11 with a five point start.
After their record-breaking run of wins ended last weekend in Chicago, New Zealand can get back to winning ways as they travel to Italy. The All Blacks should win but it may be worth backing the home side with a 42 point start at 10/11.

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