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2017 June rugby union tests

The 2017 mid-year rugby union internationals (also known as the summer internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) were 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 includes Test matches between the touring Northern Hemisphere nations and the home Southern Hemisphere nations. In addition to this, the global calendar gives Tier 2 nations the opportunity to play Tier 1 nations outside the November international window, increasing competitiveness from the Tier 2 sides.

Australia, the only southern hemisphere Tier 1 nation not to host a test series, staged three one-off test matches; Scotland, Italy and Fiji. The Fijian test was the first between the two sides in Australia since 2010, and was also the first Australia v Tier 2 nation match in Australia since Samoa visited in 2011. Fiji also played host to Italy and Scotland to become the second Tier 2 nation to play three back-back Tier 1 sides during an international window, after Samoa participated in the South African quadrangular tournament in 2013. En route to their test matches in Australia and Fiji, Italy and Scotland played each other in Singapore, which was the first ever Tier 1 v Tier 1 match played in the country.[1]

For Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the matches acted as warm-ups ahead of the 2017 Rugby Championship. It was also a historic match when Kenya hosted Germany as the teams had never played each other before.

SeriesEdit

The international window coincided with the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, consisting of a three-test series between the Lions and New Zealand, plus seven non-test matches. Before the Lions series, New Zealand hosted Samoa for the first time since 2008. This was the first time that New Zealand hosted a Tier 2 nation since they played Fiji in June 2011. The All Black-Samoa clash followed a curtain raiser between Tonga and Wales, which was played at the same stadium, a neutral venue for the teams. Wales later travelled to Samoa, who hosted the Welsh for the first time since 1994.

South Africa hosted France for the first time since 2010, while playing their first test series against the French since 2005. Argentina hosted England for a two-test series, while Japan hosted Ireland for the first time since 2005, the last time the two sides met. Before Ireland faced Japan, they played a one-off test away to the United States.

Event Result Victor
Argentina v England test series 0–2  England
Japan v Ireland test series 0–2  Ireland
New Zealand v British and Irish Lions test series 1–1 Drawn
South Africa v France test series 3–0  South Africa

Other toursEdit

Georgia travelled to the Americas where they played Canada, the United States and Argentina across the three week window. Romania, who no longer take part in the World Rugby Nations Cup, played three one-off matches, against Japan, Canada and Brazil. The Brazilian test was a historic first between the two nations, who had never played each other before, and was the first time since Brazil played a France XV side in 1985 that Brazil have played a team in a higher tier than them outside any tournament or competition. Before that test, Brazil played host to Portugal.

Team/Tour Opponents
Georgia tour  United States (won) –  Canada (won) –  Argentina (lost)
Italy tour  Scotland (lost) –  Fiji (lost) –  Australia (lost)
Romania tour  Japan (lost) –  Canada (won)
Scotland tour  Italy (won) –  Australia (won) –  Fiji (lost)
Wales tour  Tonga (won) –  Samoa (won)

FixturesEdit

27–28 MayEdit

27 May 2017
16:00 EAT (UTC+03)
Kenya  29–30  Germany
Try: Kerre 3' m
Kopondo 17' c
Onsomu 50' c
Ambunya 60' c
Con: Mukidza (3/4) 18', 51', 61'
Pen: Mukidza (1/2) 70'
Report[2] Try: Poppmeier 25' c
Brenner 42' m
Els 65' c
Aounallah 73' m
Con: Parkinson (1/2) 26'
Hilsenbeck (1/2) 66'
Pen: Parkinson (1/1) 2'
Drop: Hilsenbeck (1/1) 80+1'

Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between the two nations.
  • Philip Ikambili, Bramwell Mayaka, George Nyambua, Leo Seje Owade and Oscar Simiyu (all Kenya) and Ben Ellermann and Marcel Henn (both Germany) made their international debuts.

28 May 2017
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  28–14 Barbarians
Try: Earle 16' c
Isiekwe 67' c
Care 80' m
Con: Ford (2/3) 17', 68'
Pen: Ford (3/4) 30', 40', 47'
Report[4] Try: Ashley-Cooper 42' c
Tekori 76' c
Con: Madigan (2/2) 44', 76'
Twickenham Stadium, London [5]
Attendance: 51,636
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

1 JuneEdit

1 June 2017
19:30 IST (UTC+01)
Ulster Ireland 28–43 Barbarians
Try: McCloskey 5' c
Keane 10' c
Patterson 34' c
O'Connor 42' c
Con: Wilson (1/1) 6'
Pienaar (2/2) 11', 35'
Herron (1/1) 43'
Report[6] Try: Flynn 19' m
Nayacalevu (2) 23' c, 60' c
King (2) 31' m, 39' m
Penalty try 54' c
Tekori 77' c
Con: Agulla (1/3) 24'
Madigan (2/3) 54', 60'
Dusautoir (1/1) 78'
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast [7]
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

10 JuneEdit

10 June 2017
15:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  37–14  Fiji
Try: Folau (2) 3' c, 54' c
Speight (2) 10' m, 80' m
Moore 66' c
Con: Foley (3/4) 4', 55', 68'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 8', 28'
Report[8] Try: Goneva 62' c
T. Nagusa 76' c
Con: Volavola (2/2) 63', 78'
AAMI Park, Melbourne [9]
Attendance: 13,583
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Notes:


10 June 2017
14:40 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  33–21  Romania
Try: Yamada 12' c
Fukuoka 37' c
Leitch 41' c
Con: Ogura (3/3) 14', 38', 42'
Pen: Ogura (4/4) 19', 23', 33', 52'
Report[10] Try: Macovei 55' c
Faka'osilea 65' c
Con: Vlaicu (2/2) 57', 67'
Pen: Vlaicu (3/3) 3', 5', 30'

Notes:


10 June 2017
20:00 SGT (UTC+08)
Italy  13–34  Scotland
Try: Campagnaro 65' m
Esposito 80' m
Pen: Allan (1/1) 9'
Report[12] Try: Price 36' m
Visser 39' c
Ford (2) 42' c, 48' m
Hoyland 74' c
Con: Taylor (1/1) 40'
Russell (1/3) 43'
Horne (1/1) 75'
Pen: Russell (1/1) 5'

Notes:


10 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  37–14  France
Try: Kriel 30' c
Penalty try 59'
Cronjé 60' c
Serfontein 67' c
Con: Jantjies (3/3) 32', 61', 68'
Pen: Jantjies (3/3) 10', 14', 39'
Report[13] Try: Chavancy 34' c
Serin 54' c
Con: Plisson (2/2) 36', 55'

Notes:


10 June 2017
13:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  25–21  Portugal
Try: Tenório 73' m
F. Sancery 76' c
D. Sancery 78' c
Con: Duque (2/3) 77', 79'
Pen: Duque (2/2) 8', 16'
Report[15] Try: T. Appleton 10' m
Cardoso Pinto 48' c
Con: E Costa (1/2) 49'
Pen: E Costa (3/5) 18', 45', 68'

Notes:


10 June 2017
16:15 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  34–38  England
Try: Boffelli 7' c
Lavanini 36' c
De la Fuente 50' c
Tuculet 52' c
Con: Sánchez (4/4) 8', 37', 51', 54'
Pen: Sánchez (1/3) 40'
Drop: Hernández (1/1) 76'
Report[17] Try: Yarde 30' c
May 46' c
Ford 64' m
Solomona 78' c
Con: Ford (3/4) 32', 48', 78'
Pen: Ford (4/4) 16', 26', 42', 62'
Estadio Bicentenario, San Juan [18]
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:


10 June 2017
15:00 MDT (UTC-06)
Canada  0–13  Georgia
Report[19] Try: Kvirikashvili 75' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 77'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (2/4) 4', 46'
Calgary Rugby Park, Calgary [20][21]
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Davit Kacharava (Georgia) earned his 100th test cap.
  • Andrew Coe, Anthony Luca and Shane O'Leary (all Canada) made their international debuts.
  • Canada failed to score in a match for the first time since losing 35–0 to Scotland in 2008, while Georgia shut out an opponent for the first time since beating Belgium 35–0 in 2014.

10 June 2017
16:00 EDT (UTC-04)
United States  19–55  Ireland
Try: Civetta 19' c
Quill 45' c
Matyas 54' m
Con: MacGinty (2/3) 20', 46'
Report[22] Try: Earls (2) 2' m, 18' m
Stockdale 14' c
N. Scannell 30' m
Marmion 34' c
Conan 43' c
Ja. Ryan 61' m
McGrath 67' c
Zebo 74' c
Con: Ringrose (1/1) 15'
Carbery (2/6) 35', 44'
R. Scannell (2/2) 68', 75'
Red Bull Arena, Harrison [23]
Attendance: 22,370
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

Notes:

16–17 JuneEdit

16 June 2017
17:30 NZST (UTC+12)
Tonga  6–24  Wales
Pen: Takulua (2/4) 22', 43'
Report[25] Try: Cuthbert 18' m
Penalty try 79'
Pen: S. Davies (4/6) 2', 51', 67', 77'

Notes:


16 June 2017
20:00 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  78–0  Samoa
Try: Lienert-Brown 11' c
B. Barrett (2) 29' c, 58' c
A. Savea (2) 33' c, 75' c
Williams 39' c
Dagg 41' c
Savea 51' m
Taylor 55' c
Fifita 61' c
Perenara 71' m
Cane 78' m
Con: B. Barrett (7/8) 12', 30', 34', 40', 42', 56', 60'
Sopoaga (2/4) 62', 77'
Report[27]
Eden Park, Auckland [26]
Attendance: 26,129
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Notes:


17 June 2017
14:40 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  22–19  Italy
Try: Vasiteri 3' c
Vatubua 16' c
Goneva 44' m
Con: Volavola (2/3) 4', 16'
Drop: Volavola (1/1) 80'
Report[29] Try: Mbanda 56' c
Con: Allan (1/1) 57'
Pen: Allan (4/4) 6', 14', 27', 76'
ANZ National Stadium, Suva
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)

Notes:


17 June 2017
15:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  19–24  Scotland
Try: Folau (2) 19' c, 39' m
Genia 56' c
Con: Foley (2/3) 20', 57'
Report[30] Try: Taylor 14' c
Russell 26' c
Watson 61' c
Con: Russell (3/3) 15', 26', 62'
Pen: Tonks (1/1) 2'
Allianz Stadium, Sydney [9]
Attendance: 30,721
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:

  • Eto Nabuli (Australia) made his international debut.
  • Scotland defeated Australia for the first time since their 9–6 away victory in 2012.
  • Scotland beat Australia away for a second consecutive match, following their 9–6 victory in Australia in 2012..

17 June 2017
14:00 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  22–50  Ireland
Try: Noguchi 59' c
Fukuoka 76' m
Nagare 78' m
Con: Matsuda (2/3) 60', 79'
Pen: Tamura (1/1) 14'
Report[31] Try: Earls (2) 11' c, 70' m
Leavy (2) 24' c, 28' c
Conan (2) 30' c, 45' c
Ringrose 65' c
Con: Jackson (5/5) 12', 25', 29', 32', 46'
R. Scannell (1/2) 66'
Pen: Jackson (1/1) 6'

Notes:


17 June 2017
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
Māori All Blacks  10–32 British and Irish Lions
Try: Messam 12' c
Con: McKenzie (1/1) 13'
Pen: McKenzie (1/2) 22'
Report[33] Try: Penalty try 51'
Itoje 54'c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 56'
Pen: Halfpenny (6/6) 5', 10', 20', 33', 44', 70'

17 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  37–15  France
Try: Serfontein 20' c
Kolisi 27' c
Oosthuizen 68' c
Jantjies 79' c
Con: Jantjies (4/4) 22', 28', 70', 80'
Pen: Jantjies (3/4) 6', 31', 39'
Report[34] Try: Spedding 3' c
Penaud 70' m
Con: Serin (1/1) 4'
Pen: Trinh-Duc (1/2) 64'

Notes:


17 June 2017
16:15 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  25–35  England
Try: Tuculet 7' c
Matera 51' m
Boffelli 58' c
Con: Sánchez (2/3) 9', 59'
Pen: Sánchez (2/4) 14', 18'
Report[35] Try: Ewels 4' c
Francis 30' m
Care 55' c
Collier 64' c
Con: Ford (3/4) 5', 56', 65'
Pen: Ford (2/2) 10', 28'
Drop: Ford (1/1) 73'

Notes:


17 June 2017
15:00 MDT (UTC-06)
Canada  9–25  Romania
Pen: McRorie (3/4) 11', 24', 47'
Report[36] Try: Lucaci 17' c
Fonovai (2) 41' c, 62' m
Con: Vlaicu (2/3) 18', 42'
Pen: Vlaicu (2/3) 53', 73'

Notes:


17 June 2017
19:00 EDT (UTC-04)
United States  17–21  Georgia
Try: Augspurger 57' c
Jensen 72' c
Con: MacGinty (2/2) 58', 73'
Pen: MacGinty (1/1) 16'
Report[37] Try: Kvirikashvili 9' m
Penalty try 40'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/5) 23', 28', 43'

Notes:

23–24 JuneEdit

23 June 2017
19:30 WST (UTC+13)
Samoa  17–19  Wales
Try: Leiua 3' c
Leiataua 52' c
Con: Pisi (2/2) 4', 53'
Pen: Pisi (1/2) 9'
Report[39] Try: Evans (2) 41' m, 73' m
Pen: S. Davies (3/4) 12', 19', 37'

Notes:


24 June 2017
14:30 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  27–22  Scotland
Try: Yato 37' m
Seniloli 62' c
Con: Volavola (1/2) 63'
Pen: Volavola (5/6) 25', 36', 46', 56', 68'
Report[41] Try: Ford 30' c
Jackson 53' c
Brown 75' m
Con: Jackson (2/3) 31', 54'
Pen: Jackson (1/1) 61'

Notes:


24 June 2017
15:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  40–27  Italy
Try: Naivalu (2) 13' c, 43' c
Folau (2) 16' c, 29' c
Foley 76' c
Hodge 79' m
Con: Foley (5/6) 14', 18', 31', 44', 78'
Report[42] Try: Campagnaro 34' c
Padovani 63' c
Benvenuti 67' c
Con: Allan (3/3) 36', 64', 68'
Pen: Allan (2/2) 1', 27'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane [9]
Attendance: 21,849
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Notes:


24 June 2017
14:40 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  13–35  Ireland
Try: Matsushima 23' m
Yamada 61' m
Pen: Ogura (1/1) 14'
Report[43] Try: Ringrose 2' c
Van Der Flier 10' c
Marmion 16' c
Ruddock 30' c
Reidy 77' c
Con: Jackson (5/5) 3', 11', 18', 31', 78'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo [11]
Attendance: 29,354
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Notes:


24 June 2017
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  30–15 British and Irish Lions
Try: Taylor 17' c
Ioane (2) 54' c, 69' c
Con: B. Barrett (3/3) 19', 55', 71'
Pen: B. Barrett (3/3) 13', 33', 60'
Report[45] Try: O'Brien 35' m
Webb 80' c
Con: Farrell (1/2) 80'
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 30'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 48,181
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

24 June 2017
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  35–12  France
Try: J.A. Kriel 6' c
Etzebeth 41' m
Marx 61' c
Paige 74' c
Con: Jantjies (3/4) 6', 61', 75'
Pen: Jantjies (3/4) 5', 22', 39'
Report[46] Pen: Plisson (4/5) 11', 15', 40', 57'

Notes:

  • Ruan Dreyer (South Africa) made his international debut.

24 June 2017
19:00 EEST (UTC+03)
Romania  56–5  Brazil
Try: Gorcioaia (3) 4' c, 10' c, 57' c
Rădoi (3) 16' c, 30' c, 69' c
Macovei 23' c
Popârlan 78' c
Con: Samoa (7/7) 5', 11', 17', 24', 31', 58', 70'
Vlaicu (1/1) 79'
Report[47] Try: Arruda 45' m

Notes:

  • This was the first match between the two nations.
  • Ovidiu Cojocaru (Romania) made his international debut.

24 June 2017
16:15 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  45–29  Georgia
Try: Creevy 32' c
Tuculet 36' c
Moyano (3) 42' c, 52' c, 55' m
Con: Sánchez (4/5) 33', 37', 43', 52'
Pen: Sánchez (4/5) 3', 15', 23', 26'
Report[49] Try: Kacharava 38' m
Penalty try 50'
Matiashvili 67' c
Mamukashvili 78' c
Con: Matiashvili (2/2) 68', 79'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 19'

1 JulyEdit

1 July 2017
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  21–24 British and Irish Lions
Pen: B. Barrett (7/10) 19', 31', 36', 47', 53', 57', 66'
Report[50] Try: Faletau 59' m
Murray 68' c
Con: Farrell (1/2) 69'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 22', 33', 40', 77'

Notes:

  • Ngani Laumape (New Zealand) made his international debut.
  • The British and Irish Lions beat New Zealand for the first time since winning 20–7 during their 1993 tour.[52]
  • The Lions ended New Zealand's 47-match winning streak at home, losing for the first time since their 32–29 loss to South Africa in 2009.[53]
  • New Zealand failed to score a try in a game for the first time since they drew with Australia 12–all in 2014, and failed to score a try in a home game for the first time since beating Australia 12–6 in 2002.
  • Sonny Bill Williams became the first New Zealand player to be sent off since Colin Meads was dismissed against Scotland in 1967, and the first ever to be sent off at home.[54]

8 JulyEdit

8 July 2017
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  15–15 British and Irish Lions
Try: Laumape 14' c
J. Barrett 35' m
Con: B. Barrett (1/2) 15'
Pen: B. Barrett (1/2) 67'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 20', 32', 59', 77'
Daly (1/1) 41'
Eden Park, Auckland [51]
Attendance: 48,609
Referee: Romain Poite (France)