What Shape Are England In Going Into The Autumn Internationals?

November 3, 2016 - Since May, the England team have been enjoying an undefeated run that started when they picked up a 27-13 win over Wales. They followed this up with 39-28, 23-7 and 44-40 wins against Australia in three subsequent matches. Now Eddie Jones has selected his squad for the Autumn Internationals where the Lions will face South Africa, Fiji, Australia and Argentina. You can use the new Ladbrokes Rugby Score Generator if you fancy predicting the results for fun. He we take an in depth look at England's upcoming opponents in their last matches before the Six Nations in February.

Australia

England have picked up a few wins over the Aussies in friendlies this year, but were humiliated when it counted in last year's World Cup. Eddie Jones will be keen to ensure that his afternoon isn't peppered with regret as he hopes to beat Australia one more time, purely for bragging rights before the Six Nations. This England team does have a number of injuries, plus Eddie Jones has decided to put his faith in a number of uncapped youngsters, although nobody is denying their individual talents. Aussie born Jones does know his home country's team very well, and that might give him a slim advantage.



South Africa

Another stern challenge for England as the best they have managed against the Springboks is one draw from their last 12 encounters. This could be the ideal opportunity for the youngsters to impress as they fill in for the injured regulars. While England aren't favoured for this game, they do have the home field advantage, how far that advantage will take them remains to be seen.



Argentina

A fierce rival for England in football as well, clashes with Argentina are not for the light-hearted rugby fan. It's been three years since these teams met, and the England team won 31-12 on that occasion. At the very least it will be interesting what changes have happened to both teams over the past three years, in fact there were a number of young Argentines who were very impressive in last year's World Cup. This game is way too close, but either way you can expect it to be very entertaining.



Fiji

Also a familiar opponent from the 2015 World Cup, with England winning with an impressive score of 35-11 on that occasion. Test matches have been kind to England as they currently have a 100% record against Fiji, which they'll be looking to extend. They first met back in 1988 and have played each other six times. While I'm sure Jones will prepare his players against complacency as nothing is a give in rugby. Besides, Fiji have struck a patch of good form recently and will fancy their chances against an England team that is suffering injuries and has a number of new faces.