Rugby Union Today: November International Previews

Date published: November 9 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we take an in-depth look at the November Tests, previewing all the key matches this weekend.

What’s on the site

It is all about Saturday’s international matches and we have looked ahead to the big games. England against New Zealand is of course the standout but Wales v Australia, Ireland v Argentina and France v South Africa are also interesting contests.

Elsewhere, check out our predictions for those games, as well as the other encounters which take place this weekend, while there is a betting preview looking at the best odds for the matches involving the southern hemisphere big three.

What’s in the news

Steve Hansen believes that the All Blacks’ upcoming match against England is bigger than their series with the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Continuing with the New Zealand theme and former captain Richie McCaw believes that Ireland boss Joe Schmidt should succeed Hansen as their next head coach.

Finally, Cornal Hendricks has signed a contract with the Blue Bulls and will join them for the 2019 Super Rugby season. The wing has suffered with heart issues but the South African international has recovered sufficiently enough to return to professional rugby.

What’s on social media

A couple of clips of one of the great Irish players, Keith Wood, have been posted on the Rugby World Cup Twitter feed today, including this:

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.