The 2016 mid-year rugby union internationals (also known as the summer internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) are international rugby union matches that were mostly played in the Southern Hemisphere during the June international window.

The matches were part of World Rugby's global rugby calendar (2012–19) that included Test matches between the touring Northern Hemisphere nations and the home Southern Hemisphere nations, whilst some of the touring teams played mid-week matches against provincial or regional sides. In addition to this, the global calendar gave Tier 2 nations the opportunity to host Tier 1 nations outside the November international window, intended to increase competitiveness from the Tier 2 sides.

All Six Nations teams were in action. The grand slam winners England played a three-test series against Rugby Championship champions Australia. South Africa hosted a three-test series against Ireland, while Wales toured New Zealand, where they played the a three-test series against the world champions, and played a mid-week match against the Chiefs. Wales also played a single match against England for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup before travelling to New Zealand. Argentina hosted Italy, before they played a two-test series against France, whilst Italy played Canada and the United States.

2019 World Cup hosts Japan hosted Scotland for a two-test series, whilst they also played away to Canada in a first ever rugby union Test match at BC Place. Russia toured North America for the first time sonce 2010, playing tests against both Canada and the United States.

Georgia traveled to the Pacific Islands, where Fiji and Samoa each hosted the Lelos for the first time; Georgia also faced Tonga at a neutral venue in Fiji. Brazil hosted Kenya, the first time Brazil had hosted an African nation.

Overview edit

Series edit

Event Result Winners
Argentina v France test series 1–1 Drawn
Australia v England test series 0–3   England
Japan v Scotland test series 0–2   Scotland
South Africa v Ireland test series 2–1   South Africa
South Africa A v England Saxons series 0–2   England Saxons
New Zealand v Wales test series 3–0   New Zealand
Uruguay v Fiji Warriors series 0–2   Fiji Warriors

Other tours edit

Team/Tour Opponents
Italy tour   Argentina (lost) –   United States (won) –   Canada (won)
Georgia tour   Samoa (draw) –   Tonga (won) –   Fiji (won)
Russia tour   Canada (lost) –   United States (lost)

Fixtures edit

14 May 2016
15:30 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  28–42  Fiji Warriors
Try: Kessler 19' c
Arboleya 59' m
Freitas 73' m
Silva 80' c
Con: M. Secco (2/4) 20', 80'
Report[1]
(In Spanish)
Try: Vularika 8' c
Penalty try 45' c
Ucutabua 63' c
Raiyala 66' m
Ratu 77' c
Con: Vularika (3/4) 8', 63', 78'
Pen: Vularika (2/3) 35', 39'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo[2]
Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)

Notes:

  • In this uncapped match, World Rugby trialed the new 6-point try, 2-point penalty law, while a penalty try is an automatic 8 points.[3][4]
21 May 2016
15:30 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  22–44  Fiji Warriors
Try: Campomar (2) 10' c, 72' c
Nieto 39' m
Con: Vilaseca (2/3) 11', 73'
Report[5]
(In Spanish)
Try: Naimasi 3' c
Vularika 8' m
Hickes 25' c
Penalty try 40'
Voka 43' m
Reece 78' c
Con: Vularika (3/5) 4', 26', 79'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo[2]
Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)


29 May 2016
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  27–13  Wales
Try: Burrell 19' m
Watson 32' m
Youngs 43' m
Clifford 46' c
Yarde 60' m
Con: Ford (1/5) 47'
Report[6]Try: Evans 5' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 6'
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 13', 27'
Twickenham Stadium, London[7]
Attendance: 81,128
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)

Notes:

10 June 2016
19:10 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa A  24–32  England Saxons
Try: Brummer 49' c
Van Zyl 63' c
Notshe 70' c
Con: Brummer (3/3) 47', 63', 71'
Pen: April (1/1) 9'
Report[8]Try: Hepburn 15' c
Rokoduguni 29' c
Robson 32' m
Devoto 77' c
Con: Cipriani (3/4) 17', 30', 78'
Pen: Cipriani (2/2) 24', 54'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein[9]
Attendance: 10,265
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)

11 June 2016
15:00 (UTC+13)
Samoa  19–19  Georgia
Try: Lemi 44' c
Con: Fa'apale (1/1) 44'
Pen: Fa'apale (4/4) 32', 40', 41', 54'
Report[10]Try: Tkhilaishvili 50' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 51'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (4/6) 3', 8', 37', 62'
Apia Park, Apia[11]
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)

Notes:


11 June 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  39–21  Wales
Try: J. Savea 15' m
Naholo (2) 18' c, 62' c
Read 68' c
Harris 80' c
Con: Cruden (4/5) 19', 63', 69', 80'
Pen: Cruden (2/4) 5', 48'
Report[12]Try: Faletau 9' m
Webb 31' c
Con: Biggar (1/2) 32'
Pen: Biggar (3/4) 21', 26', 53'
Eden Park, Auckland[13]
Attendance: 46,270
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:


11 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  28–39  England
Try: Hooper (2) 8' m, 58' m
Folau 15' m
Kuridrani 70' c
Con: Foley (1/4) 71'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 36', 77'
Report[14]Try: Joseph 31' c
Yarde 45' c
Nowell 79' c
Con: Farrell (3/3) 32', 47', 80'
Pen: Farrell (6/7) 20', 27', 30', 40', 56', 66'
Lang Park, Brisbane[15]
Attendance: 48,735
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Notes:

  • Rory Arnold, Nick Frisby, Samu Kerevi and Dane Haylett-Petty (all Australia) made their international debuts.
  • Mike Brown (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • England win back-to-back tests in Australia for the first time since 2003, while winning in Brisbane for the first time ever.
  • The 39 points scored by England, are the most points scored by England against Australia.

11 June 2016
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  20–26  Ireland
Try: Mvovo 31' c
Du Toit 68' c
Con: Jantjies (2/2) 31', 68'
Pen: Lambie (1/2) 15'
Jantjies (1/1) 25'
Report[16]Try: Payne 10' c
Murray 42' c
Con: Jackson (2/2) 11', 42'
Pen: Jackson (3/4) 18', 67', 76'
Drop: Jackson (1/2) 36'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town[17]
Attendance: 42,620
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Notes:

  • Faf de Klerk (South Africa) made his international debut.
  • This was Ireland's first ever victory over South Africa in South Africa.

11 June 2016
15:45 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  30–24  Italy
Try: Montero 25' m
Moroni 60' c
Con: Sánchez (1/2) 61'
Pen: Sánchez (6/7) 9', 20', 31', 36', 58', 65'
Report[18]Try: Sarto 34' c
Favaro 68' m
Con: Canna (1/1) 35'
Pen: Canna (4/5) 15', 28', 39', 42'
Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe[19]
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)

Notes:


11 June 2016
15:00 PDT (UTC-07)
Canada  22–26  Japan
Try: Paris 6' m
Barkwill 20' c
Cudmore 45' m
Carpenter 79' m
Con: McRorie (1/4) 21'
Report[20]Try: Kizu 33' c
Matsushima 69' c
Con: Tamura (2/2) 35', 70'
Pen: Tamura (4/4) 10', 40', 51', 75'
BC Place, Vancouver[21]
Attendance: 10,250[22]
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)

Notes:

14 June 2016
18:35 NZST (UTC+12)
Chiefs  40–7  Wales
Try: Weber 7' c
Sanders 31' c
Bird 37' c
Lowe 66' c
Pulu 74' m
McNicol 77' c
Con: Donald (4/4) 7', 32', 39', 67'
Lowe (1/2) 78'
Report[23]Try: Dacey 55' c
Con: Priestland (1/1) 56'
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton[24]
Attendance: 17,756
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Ellis Jenkins was named to start, but was withdrawn from the team after failing to recover from injury and was replaced with Sam Warburton.
  • Bench players Gareth Anscombe and Ross Moriarty were pulled out of the team moments before kick-off due to injury and replaced with Taulupe Faletau and Jamie Roberts.

17 June 2016
19:10 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa A  26–29  England Saxons
Try: Du Preez 8' m
Petersen (2) 39' c, 42' c
Venter 45' c
Con: Brummer (2/3) 40', 46'
Zas (1/1) 43'
Report[25]Try: Taylor (2) 35' m, 47' c
Kvesic 55' c
Wade 74' c
Con: Cipriani (3/4) 49', 56', 75'
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 29'
Outeniqua Park, George[9]
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)

17 June 2016
17:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  17–18  Kenya
Try: Arruda 2' m
Pen: Cecarelli (4/5) 10', 16', 40', 74'
Report[26]
(In Portuguese)
Try: Ambunya 16' c
Muniafu 58' m
Con: Mukidza (1/2) 17'
Pen: Mukidza (2/3) 28', 77'
Zerão, Macapá[27]
Referee: Alejandro Longres (Uruguay)

18 June 2016
12:45 FJT (UTC+12)
Tonga  20–23  Georgia
Try: Iongi 6' c
Fonua 69' c
Con: Takulua (1/1) 7'
Fosita (1/1) 70'
Pen: Takulua (1/2) 34'
Halaifonua (1/1) 43'
Report[28]Try: Kacharava (2) 19' c, 80+4' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 21'
Malaghuradze (1/1) 80+5'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/5) 2', 32', 41'
ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji[11]
Attendance: 300
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)

Notes:


18 June 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  36–22  Wales
Try: Dagg 20' c
B. Smith 51' c
Barrett 55' c
Naholo 60' m
Savea 65' c
Con: Cruden (1/1) 22'
Barrett (3/4) 52', 55', 66'
Pen: Cruden (1/1) 30'
Report[29]Try: Jones 40' c
L. Williams 73' c
J. Davies 76' m
Con: Biggar (2/2) 40', 74'
Pen: Biggar (1/1) 17'
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington[13]
Attendance: 35,907
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Notes:


18 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  7–23  England
Try: Moore 34' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 35'
Report[30]Try: Hartley 18' c
Farrell 74' c
Con: Farrell (2/2) 19', 75'
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 30', 51', 79'
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne[15]
Attendance: 29,871
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Chris Robshaw (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • England retain the Cook Cup for the third consecutive time.
  • England win their first ever test-series against Australia.
  • England win their third consecutive match against Australia in Australia, the first time they have done this.

18 June 2016
19:20 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  13–26  Scotland
Try: Horie 8' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 9'
Pen: Tamura (2/3) 28', 55'
Report[31]Try: Penalty try 37' c
Nel 41' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 38', 43'
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 4', 15', 19', 62'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi[32]
Attendance: 24,113[33]
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)

18 June 2016
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  32–26  Ireland
Try: Combrinck 55' c
Whiteley 63' m
Du Toit 69' c
De Allende 75' c
Con: Jantjies (3/4) 57', 70', 76'
Pen: Jantjies (2/4) 3', 80'
Report[34]Try: Toner 33' c
Heaslip 59' c
Con: Jackson (2/2) 34', 60'
Pen: Jackson (4/6) 10', 14', 22', 27'
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg[17]
Attendance: 58,400
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

Notes:


18 June 2016
15:00 MDT (UTC-06)
Canada  46–21  Russia
Try: McRorie (2) 3' c, 45' c
Paris 9' m
Evans 12' c
Parfrey 23' c
Wilson-Ross 55' c
Con: McRorie (5/6) 4', 13', 24', 46', 56'
Pen: McRorie (2/2) 43', 72'
Report[35]Try: Zykov 29' c
Yolgin 66' c
Matveev 76' c
Con: Kushnarev (3/3) 31', 67', 77'
Calgary Rugby Park, Calgary[21]
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)

Notes:


18 June 2016
18:00 PDT (UTC-07)
United States  20–24  Italy
Try: Penaltry try 20' c
Lamborn 68' c
Con: MacGinty (2/2) 21', 69'
Pen: MacGinty (2/2) 11', 50'
Report[36]Try: Gega (2) 29' m, 54' c
Con: Canna (1/2) 55'
Pen: Canna (3/3) 15', 39', 80'
Drop: Canna (1/1) 43'
Avaya Stadium, San Jose[37]
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

Notes:


19 June 2016
18:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  30–19  France
Try: Montero 19' c
Tuculet 28' c
Petti 73' c
Con: Sánchez (3/3) 20', 29', 74'
Pen: Sánchez (3/5) 16', 61', 65'
Report[38]Try: Bonfils 31' c
Con: Plisson (1/1) 32'
Pen: Plisson (4/6) 10', 43', 48', 53'
Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán[39]
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Notes:

24 June 2016
15:00 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  3–14  Georgia
Pen: Volavola (1/1) 12'Report[40]Try: Khmaladze 41' m
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/5) 8', 55', 80+3'
ANZ National Stadium, Suva[11]
Attendance: 1,025
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Notes:

  • Mesake Doge and Savenaca Rawaca (both Fiji) made their international debuts.
  • This was Georgia's first ever win over Fiji.
  • With this win, Georgia has beaten all 12 tier 2 nations.

25 June 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  46–6  Wales
Try: B. Smith 23' m
Moala 34' c
Barrett (2) 44' c, 56' c
Coles 62' c
Dagg 80' c
Con: Barrett (5/6) 35', 45', 58', 63', 80'
Pen: Barrett (2/2) 16', 27'
Report[41]Pen: Biggar (2/2) 6', 18'
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin[13]
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:


25 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  40–44  England
Try: Foley 12' c
Haylett-Petty 20' m
Hooper 50' c
Folau 57' c
Naiyaravoro 80' m
Con: Foley (3/5) 13', 51', 58'
Pen: Foley (3/4) 27', 40', 71'
Report[42]Try: Cole 10' c
Brown 29' c
B. Vunipola 43' m
George 66' c
Con: Farrell (3/4) 11', 30', 67'
Pen: Farrell (6/6) 25', 47', 55', 61', 69', 79'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney[15]
Attendance: 44,063
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:

  • Adam Coleman (Australia) made his international debut.
  • England score their most points against Australia in Australia, surpassing the 39 points scored in the first test of this test series.
  • Australia lose 3–0 for the first time since they lost their three-test series to South Africa in 1971.

25 June 2016
19:20 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  16–21  Scotland
Try: Shigeno 20' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 21'
Pen: Tamura (3/3) 6', 29', 49'
Report[43]Pen: Pyrgos (3/4) 2', 15', 25'
Laidlaw (4/4) 52', 60', 70', 77'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu[32]
Attendance: 34,073
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)