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Last round of matches in Autumn Nations Cup

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It is another round of matches of Nations Cup this weekend with Fiji yet again not able to get on the park due to COVID protocols.

Current Standings:

Wales v England

England are on top of Pool A and have been the form side in the competition. This weekend they travel to face Wales who has not been in any good space this whole year.

It is fare to say it would be a huge surprise if Wales manage to beat England even if they are playing at home.

Jones has made some changes to his side with George Ford coming in at 10 which will see Farrell moving to the midfield again.

Farrell will have Henry Slade next to him with May and Joseph on the wings and Daly at fullback.

Jones kept his pack the same for this test.

For the homes side, Alun Wyn Jones is back to lead his side against England this weekend. Jones will be next to Ball. In the front row we see Shane Lewis-Hughes, James Botham and Taulupe Faletau.

Williams and Bigger will form the halfback with Williams and Thompkins in the midfield.

Teams:

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Louis Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Johnny Williams, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Lloyd Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Shane Lewis-Hughes, James Botham, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Aaron Wainwright, Rhys Webb, Callum Sheedy, Owen Watkin.

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonathan Joseph, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Jack Willis, 22 Dan Robson, 23 Anthony Watson

France v Italy

There is only one result expected really when France host Italy this weekend which will see them top their Pool.

France have been like England one of the form side so far and is expected to get full points setting up a huge final with England to see who takes the first Autumn Nations Cup.

France will be without a few of their stars Olivon and Dupont after they played their quota of international appearances this autumn.

France have five players making their debut and Macalou making his first appearance since 2017. Baptiste Serin will take over the captaincy for this one with Killian Geraci and Baptiste Pesenti making their international debuts as well as Toulouse prop Rodrigue Neti.

In the midfield Jean-Pascal Barraque and winger Gabin Villiere will also get their first caps.

There are six more potential debutants on the bench.

Smith has made only three changes to his starting line-up for their final group game.

The Azzurri are without Jake Polledri and Sebastian Negri for the trip to Stade de France, with Maxime Mbanda and Johan Meyer coming into the back row in their stead.

In the backline, the only other change sees the return of Luca Sperandio to the wing in place of Mattia Bellini, while Michele Lamaro and Cristian Stoian could win their first caps from the bench.

Teams:

France: 15. Brice Dulin, 14. Teddy Thomas, 13. Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Gabin Villiere, 10. Matthieu Jalibert, 9. Baptiste Serin, 1. Rodrigue Neti, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Dorian Aldegheri, 4. Killian Geraci, 5. Baptiste Pesenti, 6. Cameron Woki, 7. Sekou Macalou, 8. Anthony Jelonch

Replacements: 16. Teddy Baubigny, 17. Hassane Kolignar, 18. Uini Atonio, 19. Cyril Cazeaux, 20. Swan Rebbadj, 21. Baptiste Couilloud, 22. Louis Carbonel, 23. Yoram Moefana

Italy: 15. Matteo Minozzi, 14. Jacopo Trulla, 13. Marco Zanon, 12. Carlo Canna, 11. Luca Sperandio, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Marcello Violi, 1. Danilo Fischetti, 2. Luca Bigi (Zebre Rugby Club) (c), 3. Giosuè Zilcocchi, 4. Marco Lazzaroni, 5. Niccolò Cannone, 6. Maxime Mbanda, 7. Johan Meyer, 8. Braam Steyn

Replacements: 16. Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17. Simone Ferrari, 18. Pietro Ceccarelli, 19. Cristian Stoian, 20. Michele Lamaro, 21. Stephen Varney, 22. Tommaso Allan, 23. Federico Mori

Ireland v Georgia

Ireland will want to get back to winning ways against Georgia who has been very competitive so far in the competition.

Ireland will still be hurting from a poor performance against England last week and this weekend is the chance to to set it right.

There is nine changes to Ireland side with Daly set to make his debut off the bench.

Burns will also get his first start at ten and will be joined by Murray at nine. Stockdale will wear the number fifteen jumper this weekend with Keenan and Earls on the wings.

Ryan will captain the side again with CJ Stander moving to number 8 this weekend. On the side of the scrum we see Beirne and Connors.

Georgia made six changes to their side. Soso Matiashvili recovered from injury to return at full-back while Tamaz Mchedlidze makes his first start of the competition on the wing.

Shalva Mamukashvili is recalled at hooker and Nodar Cheishvili returns from injury to partner Lasha Jaiani, with Kote Mikautadze dropping out after the rib injury he suffered last time out, and flanker Tornike Jalagonia is Maisashvili’s final change.

Scorers:

Ireland: Jacob Stockdale; Hugo Keenan, Chris Farrell, Stuart McCloskey, Keith Earls; Billy Burns, Conor Murray; Finlay Bealham, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, James Ryan (c), Tadhg Beirne, Will Connors, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O’Mahony, Kieran Marmion, Ross Byrne, Shane Daly.

Georgia: Soso Matiashvili; Akaki Tabutsadze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Merab Sharikadze (c), Tamaz Mchedlidze; Tedo Abzhandadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Nodar Cheishvili, Lasha Jaiani, Beka Saginadze, Tornike Jalagonia, Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: Giorgi Chkoidze, Lexo Kaulashvili, Giorgi Melikidze, Giorgi Javakhia, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Mikheil Alania, Demur Tapladze, David Niniashvili

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