2012 end-of-year rugby union internationals

The 2012 autumn internationals, also known as the autumn tests, November tests and, in the Southern Hemisphere, the end of year tests, were international rugby union matches. They were predominantly played between visiting Southern Hemisphere countries and European nations.

The IRB introduced an International Rugby Series, to improve competitiveness ahead of the next World Cup, that included Tier 2 nations Tonga, Canada, Russia, Samoa and the United States. The first tournament was held at Colwyn Bay's Eirias Stadium in North Wales.

The tournament was in addition to those tests played between Tier 1 and Tier 2 nations. Wales and France hosted Samoa, England and Ireland hosted Fiji and Scotland and Italy hosted Tonga.

Both Georgia and Romania hosted Japan, while Portugal travelled to South America to play a two test tour, where they earn victories over Uruguay and Chile. Namibia hosted a tournament including Spain and Zimbabwe, with Spain winning both tests to clinch the tournament.

MatchesEdit

10 November 2012
16:00 EET/GMT+02 (UTC+02)
Romania   23–34   Japan
Try: Lemnaru 60' c
Penalty try 73' c
Con: Florea (2/2) 61', 73'
Pen: Filip (3/5) 3', 17', 36'
Report
(In Romanian)
Try: Kikutani 42' m
Penalty try 70' c
Onozawa 71' c
Con: Goromaru (2/3) 71', 72'
Pen: Goromaru (5/5) 7', 12', 22', 39', 80'

10 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Italy   28–23   Tonga
Try: Cittadini 6' m
Ghiraldini 39' c
Penalty Try 63' c
Con: Burton (2/3) 40', 64'
Pen: Burton (3/3) 13', 27', 52'
Report Try: Taumalolo 33' c
Vainikolo 67' c
Con: 'Apikotoa (2/2) 34', 68'
Pen: 'Apikotoa (3/3) 3', 10', 24'
Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia[1]
Attendance: 18,756
Referee: Greg Garner (England)

10 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England   54–12   Fiji
Try: Sharples 21' c, 57' c
Penalty Try 35' c
Monye 40' m
Johnson 47 c
Tuilagi 68' m, 75' c
Con: Flood (4/6) 22', 35', 49', 58'
Farrell (1/1) 76'
Pen: Flood (3/3) 18', 25', 42'
Report Try: Matawalu 55' m
Kalou 79' c
Con: Matavesi (1/2) 80'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

10 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales   12–26   Argentina
Pen: Halfpenny (4/4) 5', 13', 26', 47'
Report Try: Imhoff 54' c
Camacho 59' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 55', 59'
Pen: Contepomi (1/2) 3'
Sánchez (1/3) 71'
Drop: Sánchez 9' 51'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 51,442
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Notes:

  • Argentina's victory came exactly 11 years after their last win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

10 November 2012
17:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland   12–16   South Africa
Pen: Sexton (4/6) 6', 10', 20', 30'
Report Try: Pienaar 44' c
Con: Lambie (1/1) 44'
Pen: Lambie (3/6) 17', 51', 69'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 49,781
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:


10 November 2012
20:45 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
France   33–6   Australia
Try: Picamoles 12' c
Fofana 54' c
Penalty try 63' c
Con: Michalak (3/3) 13', 55', 64'
Pen: Michalak (2/2) 4', 36'
Parra (1/1) 75'
Drop: Michalak 39'
Report Pen: Harris (2/2) 8', 21'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:

  • Yannick Forestier, Jocelino Suta, Sébastien Vahaamahina (all France) and Paddy Ryan (Australia) made their international debuts.
  • This match ended Australia's seven-year winning streak against France, France's previous victory against Australia dating back to 5 November 2005 (26–16).
  • The French came within one point of their largest ever victory against Australia (34–6 in 1976).

11 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland   22–51   New Zealand
Try: Visser 12' c, 50' m
Cross 40' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 13', 40'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 24'
Report Try: Dagg 18' c
Savea 29' c, 62' c
Jane 33' c
Hore 37' c
Smith 75' c
Con: Carter (6/6) 19', 31', 34', 39', 64', 77'
Pen: Carter (3/4) 1', 28', 53'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,144
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:

  • Henry Pyrgos (Scotland), Dane Coles and Tawera Kerr-Barlow (both New Zealand) made their international debuts.
  • Scotland became the first team to score three tries against New Zealand since New Zealand's loss to Australia in August 2011.

11 November 2012[2]
17:30 UYST (UTC-3)
Uruguay   25–32   Portugal
Try: Martínez 7 m
Penalty Try 25' c
Mieres 61' c
Con: Etcheverry (2/3) 26', 62'
Pen: Etcheverry (2/4) 42', 48'
Report Try: Aguilar 14' m
Uva 38' c
Le Roux 65' c
Gonçalo Foro 70' c
Con: Leal (3/4) 39', 66', 71'
Pen: Leal (2/2) 10', 28'

16 November 2012
19:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales   19–26   Samoa
Try: Beck 32' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 33'
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 15', 28', 49', 61
Report Try: Autagavaia 1' c
G. Pisi 46' m
Leota 77' m
Con: T. Pisi (1/3) 2'
Pen: T. Pisi (3/6) 40', 56', 65'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

17 November 2012
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia   22–25   Japan
Try: Kvirikashvili 52' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 52'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (5/6) 5', 7', 13', 43', 50'
Report Try: Onozowa 40' c
Con: Goromaru (1/1) 40'
Pen: Goromaru (5/5) 25', 35', 56', 66', 72'
Drop: Ono 80'
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

17 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
Italy   10–42   New Zealand
Try: Sgarbi 25' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 26'
Drop: Orquera 52'
Report Try: Read 16' c
Nonu 49' c
Jane 67' c
Savea 73' m, 75' c
Con: Cruden (4/5) 16', 50', 68', 76'
Pen: Cruden (3/3) 12', 19', 44'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 73,000
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

17 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England   14–20   Australia
Try: Tuilagi 38' m
Pen: Floos (3/3) 2', 23', 33'
Report Try: Cummins 34' m
Pen: Barnes (4/5) 30', 43', 49', 52'
Drop: Barnes 12'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,361
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

17 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland   10–21   South Africa
Try: Pyrgos 50' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 51'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 9'
Report Try: Strauss 20' m, 45' c
Con: Lambie (1/2) 46'
Pen: Lambie (3/3) 6', 13', 31'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 58,893
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

17 November 2012
17:30 IST/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland XV   53–0   Fiji[3]
Try: Gilroy 9 c, 67' m, 72' c
McFadden 20' c, 43' c
Cronin 21' c
Cave 30' m
Marshall 78' m
Con: Jackson (5/8) 10', 20', 22', 43', 72'
Pen: Jackson (1/2) 6'
Report
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 17,126
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Notes:

  • This was a non-capped match for Ireland, but was a fully capped match for Fiji. The IRB gave this match a no-test status, which means rankings would not change regardless of the outcome but will be part of the new scheme to increase competitiveness in Tier 2 teams ahead of the next World Cup.

17 November 2012
21:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
France   39–22   Argentina
Try: Clerc 17' c, 21' c
Nyanga 33' c
Con: Michalak (3/3) 19', 21', 34'
Pen: Michalak (5/6) 3', 59', 67', 72', 77'
Drop: Michalak 46'
Report Try: Bosch 4' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 5'
Pen: Sánchez (4/5) 9', 13', 44', 55'
Drop: Sánchez 65'
Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

17 November 2012[4]
17:00 CLST (UTC-3)
Chile   22–28   Portugal
Try: Huete 28' c
Con: Valderrama (1/1) 29'
Pen: Pizzaro (1/4) 12'
Valderrama (4/5) 24', 37', 45', 56'
Report Try: Foro 49' c
Con: Leal (1/1) 50'
Pen: Leal (7/8) 4', 21', 33', 41', 60', 68', 77'
Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago, Chile
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)

24 November 2012
15:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia   19–24   Fiji
Try: Khinchagishvili 28' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 29'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (4/7) 7', 14', 33', 40
Report Try: Ratuva 11' c
Goneva 18' m
Con: Ralulu (1/2) 12'
Pen: Ralulu (4/6) 5', 35', 66', 76'

24 November 2012
14:00 IST/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Ireland   46–24   Argentina
Try: Gilroy 10' c
Sexton 15' c, 50' c
Strauss 21' m
Zebo 32' m
Bowe 46' m, 72' c
Con: Sexton (3/6) 12' 17', 52'
O'Gara (1/1) 73'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 45'
Report Try: Leonardi 76' c
Fernández Lobbe 80' m
Con: Hernández (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sánchez (4/6) 13', 18', 30', 42'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 43,406
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

24 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
Italy   19–22   Australia
Try: Barbieri 40' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 41'
Pen: Orquera (4/5) 3', 33' 49', 54'
Report Try: Cummins 18' c
Con: Barnes (1/1) 19'
Pen: Barnes (3/3) 6', 15', 24'
Beale (2/2) 27', 29'
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Attendance: 32,500
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

24 November 2012
16:00 EET/GMT+02 (UTC+02)
Romania   3–34   United States
Pen: Filip (1/3) 4'
Report Try: Suniula 9' c
Emerick 24' m
Wyles 40' c, 45' m
Ngwenya 64' c
Con: Wyles (3/5) 10', 40', 65'
Pen: Wyles (1/3) 37'

24 November 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England   15–16   South Africa
Pen: Flood (2/3) 5', 12'
Farrell (3/4) 61', 72', 78'
Report Try: Alberts 43' c
Con: Lambie 43' (1/1)
Pen: Lambie (3/3) 8', 15', 25'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,151
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

24 November 2012
15:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Scotland   15–21   Tonga
Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 10', 38', 46', 55', 61'
Report Try: Lokotui 51' c
Vainikolo 65' m
Con: Apikotoa (1/2) 52'
Pen: Apikotoa (3/5) 5', 64', 72'
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 20,306
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Notes:

  • This result was Tonga's first ever win over Scotland.
  • This defeat was Scotland's first at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stadium.

24 November 2012
18:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
France   22–14   Samoa
Try: Michalak 18' c
Con: Michalak (1/1) 19'
Pen: Parra (1/3) 35'
Michalak (4/4) 56', 60', 71', 78'
Report Try: Lemi 14' c
Tekori 41' c
Con: T. Pisi (2/2) 15', 42'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

24 November 2012
17:15 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales   10–33   New Zealand
Try: S. Williams 56' m
Cuthbert 76' m
Report Try: Messam 25' c
Woodcock 38' c
Romano 48'
Con: Cruden (3/3) 27', 40', 49'
Pen: Cruden (4/4) 9', 18', 22', 42'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,732
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

1 December 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
England   38–21   New Zealand
Try: Barritt 54' m
Ashton 58' m
Tuilagi 62' c
Con: Farrell (1/3) 63'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 25', 32', 40', 42'
Burns (2/2) 66', 72'
Drop: Farrell 38'
Report Try: Savea 48' c, 75' c
Read 51' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 49', 53'
Cruden (1/1) 76'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,416
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Freddie Burns (England) made his international debut.
  • England claimed the Hillary Shield for the first time.
  • This was England's biggest win over New Zealand, the most points they have ever scored against them, and their first win against them in 10 years.
  • This was also New Zealand's joint second-largest defeat; at the time only Australia had beaten them by more.
  • This was New Zealand's first defeat since they became world champions, and their first in 22 matches.

1 December 2012
14:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Wales   12–14   Australia
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 18', 23', 55', 60'
Report Try: Beale 80' m
Pen: Beale (3/5) 15', 27', 36'

Notes:

  • Australia captain Nathan Sharpe kicked for the conversion to end his career in the Australian squad.
  • No replacement was made when Halfpenny was taken off due to injury.

2012 International Rugby SeriesEdit

For more details on this topic, see: 2012 International Rugby Series

9 November 2012
18:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
United States   40–26   Russia
Try: Fry 6' c
L'Estrange 17' c
Doyle 36' c
Wyles 46' c
Shaw 50' m, 58' c
Con: Wyles (5/6) 7', 18', 37', 47', 59'
Report Try: Ostroushko 53' m
Temnov (2) 61' m, 71' c
Con: Klyuchnikov (1/3) 72'
Pen: Klyuchnikov (3/4) 2', 12', 25'

9 November 2012
20:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Canada   12–42   Samoa
Try: Moonlight 70' m
Briad 74' c
Con: Pritchard (1/2) 75'
Report Try: Tuifu'a 4' c
Lilomaiava (4) 16' m, 21' c, 41' c, 66' c
Con: So'oialo (4/5) 6', 22', 42', 67'
Pen: So'oialo (3/3) 14', 50', 54'
Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Attendance: 2,859
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)

17 November 2012
18:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
United States   13–22   Tonga
Try: Shaw 38' c
Con: Pangelinan (1/1) 39'
Pen: Pangelinan (2/4) 28', 45'
Report Try: Helu 2' m
Lilo 59' c
Piukala 75' c
Con: Lilo (2/3) 3', 60', 76'
Pen: Lilo (1/3) 51'

17 November 2012
20:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Canada   35–3   Russia
Try: Hassler 19' c, 57' c
Paris 42' c
Blevins 44' m
Con: Pritchard (3/4) 20', 43', 45'
Pen: Pritchard (3/4) 4', 10', 33'
Report Pen: Igor Klyuchnikov (1/3) 8'

Effect on 2015 Rugby World Cup seedingEdit

Much like the 2008 end of year series, the final IRB rankings at the end of the international window will play a massive part towards the seeding of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Like the 2011 tournament, the IRB rankings will play a pivotal role in proceedings with the top four placed sides at the end of the international window set to be kept apart in the draw. All 12 of the automatic qualifiers will be seeded based on their ranking and then split three bands of four teams.

  • Band 1 will be made up of the top 4 automatic qualifiers
  • Band 2 will be made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers (5–8)
  • Band 3 will be made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers (9–12)
  • Band 4 will be made up of the remaining due to qualify places (Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1)
  • Band 5 will include the remaining possible nations (Africa 1,Europe 2, Americas 2 and repechage Winner)

Following the final matches on 1 December 2012, the 12 teams automatically qualified were seeded thus:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cariparma Test match, Italia V Tonga a Brescia il 10 Novembre" (in Italian). Italian Rugby Federation. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Exciting schedule for Tier Two Unions". 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  3. ^ RTÉ Accessed 15 April 2012
  4. ^ "Portugal to tour Chile and Uruguay in November". 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.

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