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.

Matches

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October

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20 October 2012
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia 18–18 New Zealand
Pen: Harris (5/5) 2', 27', 31', 40', 74'
Beale (1/2) 50'
Report[1]Pen: Carter (6/8) 6', 10', 52', 54', 66', 70'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 51,888
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Notes:

  • James Hanson made his international debut for Australia in this match.
  • Keven Mealamu won his 100th cap for the All Blacks, he became the 22nd international player and 3rd All Black to reach the landmark.
  • Piri Weepu equalled the record held by Ollie le Roux for most international caps from the bench with his 43rd substitute appearance from his 66 caps.
  • Tony Woodcock equalled the All Black record held by Kees Meeuws for most yellow cards in a career with his third yellow card.
  • The draw ended New Zealand's 16-match winning streak, also ending their chances of surpassing Lithuania's record streak of 18 wins.
  • This match ended New Zealand's sequence of 105 consecutive matches of scoring a try in a match, it was the first match the All Blacks didn't score a try since 2004. The run of 105 consecutive matches of scoring a try in a match remains an international rugby record.

4 November

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4 November 2012
14:00 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Oxford University England15–29 Russia
Try: Hudson
Lamont
Con: Marr (1/2)
Pen: Marr (1/4)
Report[2]Try: Tsnobiladze
Garbuzov
Temnov
Simplikevich (2)
Con: Klyuchnikov (2/5)
Oxford University Sports Centre, Oxford
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)

10/11 November

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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'
Stadionul Naţional de Rugby, Bucharest
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

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'
ReportTry: Taumalolo 33' c
Vainikolo 67' c
Con: 'Apikotoa (2/2) 34', 68'
Pen: 'Apikotoa (3/3) 3', 10', 24'
Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia[3]
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'
ReportTry: 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'ReportTry: 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'ReportTry: 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'
ReportPen: 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'
ReportTry: 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[4]
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'
ReportTry: 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'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Referee: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina)

13 November

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13 November 2012
19:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Leicester Tigers England32–24 Māori All Blacks
Try: Morris 17' c
Thompstone 29' c
Con: Ford (2/2) 18', 30'
Pen: Ford (6/7) 2', 8', 12', 22', 43', 66'
Report[5]Try: Wilson 5' c
Bateman 39' c
Ngatai 63' c
Con: Ripia (3/3) 6', 40', 64'
Pen: Ripia (1/3) 33'
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 17,206
Referee: Andrew Small (England)

Notes:

  • The Tigers returned to using their traditional lettered-flocked jerseys for this non-test match.[6] They last used this system when they hosted Australia in 2010.[7]

13 November 2012
19:45 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Gloucester England31–29 Fiji
Try: Cox 35' c
Penalty try 55' c, 62' c
Britton 74' c
Con: Robson (4/4) 36', 56', 63', 75
Pen: Robson (1/3) 67'
Report[8]Try: Tuapati 19' m
Matanavou 32' c
Votu 44' m
Con: Ralulu (1/3) 33'
Pen: Ralulu (4/6) 6', 23', 58', 66'
Kingsholm, Gloucester[9]
Attendance: 8,147
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

13 November 2012
19:45 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Newcastle Falcons England24–13 Tonga
Try: MacLeod 27' c
Penalty try 57' c
Wilson 65' c
Con: Hodgson (3/3) 28', 58', 66'
Pen: Hodgson (1/2) 78'
Report[10]Try: Fono 6' m
Helu 77' m
Con: Paea (0/2)
Pen: Paea (1/1) 43'
Kingston Park, Newcastle[11]
Attendance: 3,389
Referee: Sean Davey (England)

16/17 November

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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
ReportTry: 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'
ReportTry: 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
12:05 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
RFU Championship XV England21–52 Māori All Blacks
Try: Mama 22' m
Crane 78' c
Con: Roberts (0/1)
Sharp (1/1) 79'
Pen: Roberts (3/5) 4', 11', 42'
Report[12]Try: O'Donnell 14' c
Baker 28' c
Elliot 33' c
Renata 53' c
Dixon 56' m
Wilson 63' c
Graham 72' c
Willison 75' m
Con: Ripia (5/7) 15', 29', 34', 64', 73'
Renata (1/1) 54'
Castle Park, Doncaster
Attendance: 4,956
Referee: David Rose (England)

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'
ReportTry: 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'
ReportTry: 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'
ReportTry: 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[13]
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'
ReportTry: 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[14]
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'
ReportTry: 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)

21 November

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21 November 2012
19:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
 Basque Country19–3 Japan
Try: Gerber 30' c, 51' m, 65' c
Con: Yachvili (1/2) 53'
Potgieter (1/1) 66'
Report (In French)Pen: Tanabe (1/4) 5'
Estadio Mendizorroza, Vitoria
Attendance: 3,458
Referee: Andrew McMenemy

23/24/25 November

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23 November 2012
19:30 WET/GMT+0 (UTC+0)
Canada 19–32 Māori All Blacks
Try: Barkwill 70' c
Con: Braid (1/1) 71'
Pen: Pritchard (4/5) 24', 28', 39', 47'
Report[15]Try: Taylor 25' c
Ngatai 79' c
Con: Ripia (2/2) 26', 80'
Pen: Ripia (6/7) 2', 11', 14', 32', 49', 57'
Oxford University Sports Centre, Oxford
Referee: Martin Fox (England)

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
ReportTry: Ratuva 11' c
Goneva 18' m
Con: Ralulu (1/2) 12'
Pen: Ralulu (4/6) 5', 35', 66', 76'
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

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'
ReportTry: 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'
ReportTry: 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'ReportTry: 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'
Stadionul Naţional de Rugby, Bucharest
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

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'
ReportTry: 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'ReportTry: 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'
ReportTry: 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
ReportTry: 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)

25 November 2012
15:00 CET/GMT+01 (UTC+1)
French Barbarians France65–41 Japan
Report[16]
Stade Océane, Le Havre
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)

1 December

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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'
ReportTry: 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'ReportTry: Beale 80' m
Pen: Beale (3/5) 15', 27', 36'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

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 Series

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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'
ReportTry: Ostroushko 53' m