Rugby Union Today: International team news

Date published: November 8 2018

It’s been a whirlwind day in the rugby world, with team announcements coming in ahead of a busy weekend of international fixtures.

What’s on the site

The teams for this weekend’s six big November internationals have all been announced, with the headline news being the inclusion of Karl Tu’inukuafe at loosehead prop for the All Blacks against England.

The 25-year-old has been brought in as a replacement for Joe Moody, who is out for six weeks after bizarrely tearing his eyelid.

Elsewhere, South Africa have named a strong side for their clash with France, while Wales have tweaked their line-up in their bid to end a long-standing losing run against the Wallabies.

What’s in the news

Although Beauden Barrett has been chosen as World Rugby’s Player of the Year twice in a row, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has argued that he is still adapting to the fly-half role.

Hansen’s opponent for Saturday, Eddie Jones, has explained the omission of Manu Tuilagi from his squad.

Moving to the Gallagher Premiership, Saracens flanker Joel Conlon has been forced into retirement aged just 24 due to a neck injury.

What’s on social media

The Rugby World Cup’s official Twitter account posted a throwback to what surely must go down as one of the most incredible passes ever made. Carlos Spencer, take a bow.

What’s on TV

It is a packed schedule this weekend with the November internationals continuing and Sky Sports will show England’s match against New Zealand, while the BBC will broadcast Wales v Australia and Scotland v Fiji.

Channel 4 have Ireland’s encounter with Argentina and Premier Sports will broadcast Italy v Georgia and France v South Africa.

On BT Sport, they will show the third round of the Premiership Rugby Cup, with Gloucester v Northampton and Wasps v Bristol featured.