Could be a bad day for home nations in Autumn Internationals

It's a shame for rugby fans that the TV schedule hasn't been worked out and so many games overlap today

England had their best chance of beating one of the old tri-nations teams last week and fell short with a non-scoring second half.

Lancaster has got away lightly in the media but they are probably just biding their time before they turn.

There doesn't appear to have been much evolution in England's play. Lancaster has brought some needed martial law to the squad but there are still issues.

The centre pairing doesn't seem to work in the mid-field but that isn't where the Coach has made changes which have partly been put down to rotation.

Brown looks interesting on the wing but I am not expecting England many tries and Twickenham won't see the line crossed that often.

For me England haven't shown enough to be confident they can beat South Africa.

Again the New Zealand fixture is an easy one to call.

Wales have not attacked very well and have lost George North which will only make things worse.

In contrast New Zealand have been playing well without their full side and now strengthen it.

With some bookies giving 10 points on the All-Blacks it seems a target they should easily reach.

One side I keep expecting to tire out have actually been performing well and that is Argentina. The Championship has improved Argentina a lot.

Ireland should be good enough to win at home but the Pumas will try and stay in the game and see if they can score a try towards the end that gives them a win.

I have Ireland as favourites but don't write off another southern hemisphere win if Ireland fail to make an impact early in the game.

With The Championship teams looking so strong the fixtures could all go badly for the home nations.

Scotland should have an extra advantage playing in Aberdeen where it will be even colder for the Tonga pacific islanders, an upset will make for a bad weekend for the home nations.

The one thing for fans to remember is the Lions tour is exceptional and doesn't run on the form of the home nations. If your team lose today remember imagine next Summer down-under.


Sat 24 Fiji tour Georgia v Fiji, Tbilisi
15:00 local, 11:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 Argentina tour Ireland v Argentina, Lansdowne Road
14:00 local, 14:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 Australia tour Italy v Australia, Firenze
15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 United States of America tour Romania v United States of America, Bucharest
16:00 local, 14:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 South Africa tour England v South Africa, Twickenham
14:30 local, 14:30 GMT
   
Sat 24 Tonga tour Scotland v Tonga, Aberdeen
15:00 local, 15:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 Samoa tour France v Samoa, Stade de France
18:00 local, 17:00 GMT
   
Sat 24 New Zealand tour Wales v New Zealand, Millennium Stadium
17:15 local, 17:15 GMT

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