Weekend Forecast

There are 8 international games this weekend – so you’ll need to sort out recordings and hope that no bastard tells you the scores for the games that you are going to watch later (please note Harro!).

Tonight Fiji play the Barbarians in Belfast – the invitation side are heavy with New Zealanders and I expect them to go one better than they did last week v the Springboks. Barbarians by 15

Georgia v Japan will be interesting with both teams much changed from their excellent showing at the WC. I think Georgia will prove too much and will win by 15

Italy entertain a wounded All Blacks with both selecting young sides (2pm). All Blacks by 42

Two games kick off at 2.30 – Scotland have a re-match with Australia and will be pleased that they have a different ref from the World Cup quarter final. I don’t think it will help enough – the Wallabies by 11


The big one at Twickenham sees a seriously heavyweight Springbok team attempting to steamroller England. I can’t see Eddie losing his winning streak tomorrow – England by 13

France are visited by Samoa will be a war of attrition from the big French pack and they will end up on the right side of the scoreboard by about 10

Wales look to spring back from a dreadful start to the autumn internationals with the game against Argentina. They can’t play as badly as they did last week and have Alun Wyn Jones and Sam Warburton back – I still think they’ll lose though – Pumas by 9

Ireland have virtually a completely different side that beat the All Blacks in Chicago – but they are not all inexperienced – Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony complete a seriously strong back row.

Canada will be competitive but the Irish will roll home by 7 points.

With the exception of the All Blacks in Rome I think most of the games will be close.

Should be fun – I just wish that some of the matches were on Sunday!


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