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Autumn Nations Series – Huge weekend to end year

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It is the last weekend of the Autumn Nations Series and we have some big clashes coming up this weekend, win bigger that the Springboks taking on England in London on Saturday.

It is a big one for Jacques Nienaber and his team to end the year at Twickenham but one that they will relish. A lot of people sees this as a revenge game for the English after the 2019 World Cup Final but after two years that is a memory at best for both teams as they rather focus on preparing for the 2023 World Cup in France.

The Springboks had an indifferent year so far with being the British & Irish Lions, beat Argentina at home but then loss against Australia twice and New Zealand once. Luckily for Nienaber his team has won so far all their games on tour and just need this one win to end of a good year for the Boks.

They are currently the number 1 ranking team in the world but that actually means nothing when they take the field on Saturday against an England side that will want to get one over the World Champions.

England two test so far saw them beat Tonga and also Australia but this weekend will be a different prospect for Eddie Jones men as they face the Springboks. They will be without Owen Farrell which means Courtney Lawes will lead the side.

Jamie George is also not available for this one which may have some impact in the game. Marcus Smith has a great opportunity to show his class today as he will start again at 10.

Joe Marchant has come into the England side on the wing with Tuilagi going back to the midfield. Jamie Blamire will start at hooker for this one with Bevan Rodd and Kyle Sinckler in the front row next to him. Johnny Hill and Maro Itoje will be in the second row.

On the bench Eddie went with Nic Dolly to cover the hooker position and Joe Marker, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewers, Sam Simmonds, Alex Dombrandt, Raffi Quirke and Max Malins to make their impact later in the match.

For the Boks Handré Pollard and Reinach are back in the halfback combination for this big test. The two Jantjies will both be on the bench after starting last weekend test against Scotland.

In the pack Lood de Jager will start next to Eben in the second row with Mostert on the bench this weekend.

This game will be live on SuperSport so do not miss it.

Teams:

England: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Joe Marchant, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. Jonny May, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Bevan Rodd, 2. Jamie Blamire, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Courtney Lawes (C), 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Tom Curry

Replacements: 16. Nic Dolly, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Will Stuart, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Sam Simmonds, 21. Alex Dombrandt, 22. Raffi Quirke, 23. Max Malins

South Africa: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Jesse Kriel, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11, Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Cobus Reinach, 1. Ox Nché, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lood de Jager, 6. Siya Kolisi (C), 7. Kwagga Smith, 8. Duane Vermeulen

Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Jasper Wiese, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Frans Steyn

Australia will end their year against Wales this weekend at the Principality Stadium. Wales coach Pivac has made seven changes to his side for this weekend with Liam Williams and Josh Adams back in the starting XV. Halaholo will also get a start at twelve with Tomos Williams partnering Dan Biggar this weekend.

In the pack Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis come into the front row with Davies and Beard in completing the tight five for Wales.

Dave Rennie also made some changes to his side who loss last weekend to the English. James Slipper returns to the loosehead and will lead the side as well this weekend with Hooper injured.

Tupou and Alaalatoa both return to the squad with Tupou starting the game this weekend. Daugunu was the only change Rennie made in the backline replacing Wright who goes to the bench.

This will be another great encounter not to be missed.

Teams:

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Uilisi Halaholo, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Seb Davies, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 7 Taine Basham, 8 Aaron Wainwright

Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Ben Carter, 20 Christ Tshiunza, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Johnny McNicholl

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Nic Wright, 1 James Slipper (c), 2 Tolu Latu, 3 Taniela Tupou, 4 Rory Arnold, 5 Izack Rodda, 6 Rob Leota, 7 Pete Samu, 8 Rob Valetini

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Tom Wright

There is no better way to end your Saturday as to stay up late for the French hosting the All Blacks. Expect something special from the men in black after they were outplayed and outclassed by Ireland last weekend.

The French will be up for this one at home but one just have a felling that an All Black side who must be embarrassed by their performance last week will not repeat the same mistakes this weekend against France.

The French have made five changes to their side to take on the All Blacks. Ntamack will take the number ten jumper again with Jalibert dropping to the bench. We also see Dante coning in the midfield this weekend. The injury to Marchand sees Mauvaka coming in as the starting hooker this weekend for the French.

We also have Francois Cros coming in for Macalou and Paul Willemse back in the second row for his adopted country.

Foster made seven changes to his All Black side from last weeks side that took the field in Dublin.

The big news for the All Black fans is that Aaron Smith will return to the number nine jersey to partner Richie Mo’unga as the halfback pair. These two have been brilliant together and one can expect a huge change to the All Blacks attacking play from them starting.

Tupaea comes in at twelve with George Bridge on the wing for this clash.

Dan Coles also comes in to take Codie Taylor spot with Akira Ioane and Sam Cane forming a new look back row with Ardie Savea who keeps his spot in the side.

This is going to be a massive test for both sides and one the All Blacks want to win to end the year on a high. France have been the up and coming side the past few years but the real test comes in big matches like this and how they do in this one will go a long way to be a real contender when the World Cup comes to France in 2023.

So make sure you keep the fire going because this is going to be a cracker and broadcast live on SuperSport

Teams:

France: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Gabin Villière, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont (c), 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Cameron Woki, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. François Cros, 7. Anthony Jelonch, 8. Grégory Alldritt

Replacements: 16. Gaëtan Barlot, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Thibaud Flament, 21. Dylan Cretin, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Matthieu Jalibert

New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Will Jordan, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. Quinn Tupaea, 11. George Bridge, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock ©, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Ardie Savea

Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. George Bower, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Tupou Vaa’I, 20. Shannon Frizell, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. David Havili

Other Test matches on Saturday:

Italy v Uruguay, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi live on SuperSport at 14:50

Scotland v Japan, BT Murrayfield live on SuperSport at 14:50

Sunday Test matches:

Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium live o SuperSport at 16:05

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