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Week 1


Montevideo, Uruguay - Sunday 02 June 2013
KO: 15:30/19:30 BST HT: 7-31


CONSUR15 Tomas Carrio 14 Belisario Agulla 13 Francisco Sansot 12 Juan Socino 11 Leandro Leivas 10 Benjamin Madero 9 TOMAS CUBELLI (C) 1 Bruno Postiglioni 2 Arturo Ávalo 3 Mario Sagario 4 Cesar Fruttero 5 Pablo Huete 6 Tomas de la Vega 7 Javier Desio 8 Antonio Ahualli BENCH: 16 Alejo Corral 17 Óscar Durán 18 Nicolás Klappenbach 19 Juan Gaminara 20 Diego Magno 21 Agustín Ormaechea 22 Mosiés Duque 23 Santiago Gibernau

SCORERS T: PT, Sansot, Magno C: Madero (3) Yellow Card Durán

England15 Ben Foden 14 Jonny May 13 Luther Burrell 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 David Strettle 10 Stephen Myler 9 Richard Wigglesworth 1 Joe Marler 2 David Paice 3 Henry Thomas 4 Courtney Lawes 5 Kearnan Myall 6 TOM WOOD (C) 7 Tom Johnson 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Rob Buchanan 17 Alex Corbisiero 18 Paul Doran Jones 19 Dave Attwood 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Lee Dickson 22 Freddie Burns 23 Jonathan Joseph

SCORERS T: Foden (2), Vunipola (3), Wood, Doran Jones C: Myler (3) Yellow Card May, Corbisiero

Referee: Joaquín Montes (URU)




Week 2

Japan Wales Scotland Samoa Argentina EnglandSouth Africa Italy USA Ireland New Zealand France

Japan JAPAN 18 - 22 WALES Wales

 Kintetsu Hanazono Stadium, Osaka - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 14:00/06:00 BST HT: 11-6 Att: tba


Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Yoshikazu Fujita 13 Male Sau 12 Craig Wing 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Harumichi Tatekawa 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 8 TAKASHI KIKUTANI (C) 7 Michael Broadhurst 6 Hendrik Tui 5 Shoji Ito 4 Hitoshi Ono 3 Hiroshi Yamashita 2 Shota Horie 1 Masataka Mikami BENCH: 16 Takeshi Kizu 17 Yusuke Nagae 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama 19 Toshizumi Kitagawa 20 Ryuta Yasui 21 Atsushi Hiwasa 22 Yu Tamura 23 Hirotoki Onozawa

SCORERS T: Broadhurst, Fujita C: Goromaru P: Goromaru (2)

Wales15 Liam Williams 14 Harry Robinson 13 Owen Williams 12 Jonathan Spratt 11 Dafydd Howells 10 Dan Biggar 9 Lloyd Williams 8 Rob McCusker 7 James King 6 Andrew Coombs 5 Lou Reed 4 BRADLEY DAVIES (C) 3 Scott Andrews 2 Emyr Phillips 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Rhys Gill 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Andries Pretorius 20 Dan Baker 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Rhys Patchell 23 Tom Prydie

SCORERS T: Robinson C: Biggar P: Biggar (4) Yellow Card McCusker

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (SARU)




Scotland SCOTLAND 17 - 27 SAMOA Samoa

 Kings Park, Durban - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 14:15/13:15 BST HT: 9-14 Att: tba

Scotland SamoaSCOTLAND succumbed to disappointing defeat at King’s Park Durban in the opening match of this first ever quadrangular tournament against Samoa. The Samoans were all bustling, bruising physicality and Scotland’s inability to deal with it, coupled with inaccuracy with ball in hand, was at the root of today’s result.

It was the first time in nine Test match meetings with the Pacific Islanders that Scotland had lost, thus joining six nations champions Wales in being on the receiving end of Samoan success this season.

Samoa outscored Scotland by three tries to one in their 27-17 match. The Samoans raced into an early lead with two quick tries and were leading 19-14 at the break. The Scots came back well in the second half and actually took a 17-14 lead following a Sean Lamont try.

Samoa’s powerhouse winger Alesana Tuilagi edged his side ahead again around the 60 minute mark and James So'oialo kept the scoreboard ticking to secure the win.


“We allowed them to come back into the game and that was disappointing,” Scotland interim-coach Scott Johnson said in typically straight-forward manner.

“We had a couple of youngsters out there and there is only one way to learn and grow experience.

“Defensively we were very poor today and, as a result we lost the contact battles. We were off the clock a little bit, much the same way as we started the Six Nations against England. Their tries came from basic, first-up missed tackles. We have to get better as the challenge that lies ahead is a pretty daunting one.”

“We are very happy to beat Scotland for the first time; that is one of our aims when playing against Tier 1 teams. We have taken some good steps forward today,” said Samoan captain, Paul Williams afterwards.

Samoa15 James So'oialo 14 Alapati Leiua 13 PAUL WILLIAMS (C) 12 Jonny Leota 11 Alesana Tuilagi 10 Tusiata Pisi 9 Jeremy Sua 8 Taiasina Tuifua 7 Jack Lam 6 Ofisa Treviranus 5 Daniel Leo 4 Teofilo Paulo 3 Census Johnston 2 Wayne Ole Avei 1 Logovii Mulipola BENCH: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua 17 Sakaria Taulafo 18 James Johnston 19 Faatiga Lemalu 20 Junior Poluleuligaga 21 Brando Vaaulu 22 Seilala Mapusua 23 Alafoti Faosiliva

SCORERS T: So'oiala, Tuilagi (2) C: So'oiala (3) P: So'oiala (2)

Scotland15 Greig Tonks 14 Sean Lamont 13 Alex Dunbar 12 Matt Scott 11 Tim Visser 10 Tom Heathcote 9 Greig Laidlaw 8 Johnnie Beattie 7 KELLY BROWN (C) 6 Alasdair Strokosch 5 Alastair Kellock 4 Grant Gilchrist 3 Euan Murray 2 Pat MacArthur 1 Alasdair Dickinson BENCH: 16 Stevie Lawrie 17 Moray Low 18 Geoff Cross 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Ryan Wilson 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Peter Horne 23 Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: Lamont P: Laidlaw (4)

Referee: John Lacey




Argentina ARGENTINA 3 - 32 ENGLAND England

 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 16:10/20:10 BST HT: 3-25 Att: 20,000


ENGLAND began their journey to make history by winning a test series in Argentina with a glorious start convincingly beating the Pumas 32 points to just 3 in Salta on a hot and balmy afternoon.

Sporting their regal purple away kit for the ICBC Match, England continued their winning ways in South America with Aviva Premiership try-scoring star, debutant Christian Wade laying the foundation for three of the side’s four tries. Matt Kvesic also earned his first cap in the starting XV, while Henry Thomas, Kyle Eastmond and Billy Vunipola all made their debuts off the bench.

Argentina England Billy Twelvetrees Felipe Contepomi 1st TestFelipe Contepomi came out of international retirement for one last hurrah to captain the Pumas’ June matches, but many of Argentina’s first choice players are rested with the impending Rugby Championship on the horizon.

Following what was likely the worst ever warbling screechy rendition of the English National Anthem, the game got underway and Ben Morgan made an immediate impact, returning from injury to fight for his place back in the squad. With just one cap under his belt, Freddie Burns converted the first penalty into three points in the 8th minute despite the roars & whistles of the full house crowd. Not long after, Burns repeated himself, and just approaching the end of the first quarter, a class intercept led to a passage begun by Wade ending with winger David Strettle flying over in the corner for the first try. But like Martín Bustos Moyano who had just missed a kick at the uprights, Burns followed suit, leaving the score at 0-11.

Approaching the half hour mark, excellent team work and a perfect offload from Wade put Billy Twelvetrees over for a magnificent try which Burns had no problem converting. Not five minutes later, more clinical execution from England and Morgan was straight over in the corner with tackling Pumas left in his wake. Another conversion and Burns had the visitors ahead 25-0 with eight minutes remaining of the half.

A great display of old-fashioned rugby with proper scrummaging that Brian Moore would be proud of was made, though for a moment handbags threatened until Kiwi referee, Chris Pollock reined in the protagonists on both sides. Finally the homeside found themselves in possession of the ball with a penalty in England territory, and after much deliberation, Bustos Moyana added 3 points to the scoreboard for the Pumas at half time, leaving the score at 3-25, which would be all that could be mustered by Argentina.

Argentina England David Strettle 1st TestEngland began the second half by gifting a penalty for obstruction, but Bustos Moyano missed his third attempt. Ten minutes in and the Pumas managed to get deep into England’s 22; a turnover from Morgan allowed the visitors to traverse the entire length of the field before finding touch just ahead of the corner flag. Good recycling and Twelvetrees thought he had secured a brace directly under the posts before the TMO, Shaun Veldsman ruled a forward pass from scrum half Lee Dickson and no try.

As the replacements began to emerge, there were no further points to be had. The only thing that increased was England’s penalty count totalling an unacceptable 15. Only sturdy defence prevented the Pumas from accruing any points as they spent much of the second half camped out in the visitors’ 22.

Morgan, a great No.8 already in the making was replaced by the younger of the Vunipolas, Billy for his first cap in the 68th minute. But the moment was marred with England pinged for not releasing at the breakdown. Fisticuffs broke out and replacement second row Courtney Lawes was promptly sin-binned, not for the first time in his career. The visitors were forced to play out the final ten minutes with just fourteen men.

Ben Foden reinforced his return to the international arena by getting everywhere after replacing Mike Brown at full back. But since the entire front row had been replaced, the previously strong England scrum began to fail through inexperience.

Lawes returned to the park, England secured a scrum deep in Argentina’s 22, the siren sounded and Vunipola collected from the back and charged under the posts to declare his arrival to international rugby with a maiden try. The ref deferred to the TMO for clarification of not releasing Benjamin Macome in the scrum, but Veldsman cleared Matt Kvesic of any wrongdoing and Pollock awarded the try.

A conversion from Burns finished off a good day at the office for this young England side, leaving many good selection headaches for Stuart Lancaster in the coming months, but also much to keep an eye on.

Argentina England ICBC Match Trophy 1st Test

The two nations now prepare to meet in Buenos Aires in seven days time.

Argentina15 Martín Bustos Moyano 14 Matías Orlando 13 Gonzalo Tiesi 12 FELIPE CONTEPOMI (C) 11 Manuel Montero 10 Benjamín Urdapilleta 9 Martín Landajo 1 Pablo Henn 2 Martín García Veiga 3 Maximiliano Bustos 4 Esteban Lozada 5 Mariano Galarza 6 Julio Farías Cabello 7 Benjamín Macome 8 Tomás Leonardi BENCH: 16 Mauricio Guidone 17 Guillermo Roan 18 Francisco Gómez Kodela 19 Tomás Vallejos Cinalli 20 Tomás De la Vega 21 Nicolás Vergallo 22 Gabriel Ascárate 23 Belisario Agulla

SCORERS P: Bustos Moyano

England15 Mike Brown 14 Christian Wade* 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 David Strettle 10 Freddie Burns 9 Lee Dickson 1 Joe Marler 2 Rob Webber 3 David Wilson 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Dave Attwood 6 TOM WOOD (C) 7 Matt Kvesic* 8 Ben Morgan BENCH: 16 David Paice 17 Paul Doran Jones 18 Henry Thomas* 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Billy Vunipola* 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Kyle Eastmond* 23 Ben Foden

SCORERS T: Strettle, Twelvetrees, Morgan, Vunipola C: Burns (3) P: Burns (2) Yellow Card Lawes

Referee: Chris Pollock (NZRU)




South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 44 - 10 ITALY Italy

 Kings Park, Durban - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 17:15/16:15 BST HT: 20-0 Att: tba

South Africa Italy Morne Steyn Bryan HabanaTHE Springboks started and ended in great fashion against Italy with two tries in the first half hour of the match giving them a healthy buffer against a determined Italian side.

The visitors came back strongly in the second half and scored a well-deserved try, but a moment of magic by Man of the Match, Bryan Habana, provided the Springboks with a very strong finish.

Habana raced through from the halfway line to score, beating several defenders on the way to extend his test try scoring record to 48. Two more tries followed as the Springboks finally subdue a combative Italian side.


“I was very happy with Bryan’s performance today. “It seems that when he is playing well, the team is doing well too. He is still enjoying his rugby and I asked him to express himself out there, which he did,” Meyer said.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers was happy that his side could settle the nerves after a yellow card early in the second half, when Italy also scored their try.

“We needed to calm down and steadied the ship, something we did very well, so I am very happy about that,” he said.

Jano Vermaak (hamstring) is the only real injury concern at this stage and Meyer indicated that he will make some changes to the team for the Scotland match.

South Africa15 Willie le Roux* 14 Bryan Habana 13 JJ Engelbrecht 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Morné Steyn 9 Jano Vermaak* 8 Pierre Spies 7 Arno Botha* 6 Francois Louw 5 Juandré Kruger 4 Eben Etzebeth 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Adriaan Strauss 1 Tendai Mtawarira BENCH: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle 17 Trevor Nyakane* 18 Coenie Oosthuizen 19 Flip van der Merwe 20 Marcell Coetzee 21 Ruan Pienaar 22 Pat Lambie 23 Jan Serfontein*

SCORERS T: Strauss, Engelbrecht, Habana, de Villiers, Basson C: Steyn (4), Lambie P: Steyn (3) Yellow Card Basson

Italy15 Andrea Masi 14 Giovanbattista Venditti 13 Luca Morisi 12 Alberto Sgarbi 11 Luke Mclean 10 Alberto Di Bernardo* 9 Edoardo Gori 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) 7 Robert Barbieri 6 Alessandro Zanni 5 Marco Bortolami 4 Antonio Pavanello 3 Lorenzo Cittadini 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Alberto De Marchi BENCH: 16 Davide Giazzon 17 Matias Aguero 18 Martin Castrogiovanni 19 Valerio Bernabo’ 20 Joshua Furno 21 Tobias Botes 22 Luciano Orquera 23 Tommaso Iannone

SCORERS T: Sgarbi C: di Bernardo P: di Bernardo Yellow Card Bortolami

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère




USA USA 12 - 15 IRELAND Ireland

 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 19:30/03:30* BST HT: 6-12 Att: tba


USA15 Chris Wyles 14 Luke Hume 13 Seamus Kelly 12 Andrew Suniula 11 Takudzwa Ngwenya 10 Toby L'Estrange 9 Mike Petri 8 TODD CLEVER (C) 7 Scott LaValla 6 Samu Manoa 5 Louis Stanfill 4 Brian Doyle 3 Eric Fry 2 Chris Biller 1 Shawn Pittman BENCH: 16 Zach Fenoglio 17 Nick Wallace 18 Phil Thiel 19 Peter Dahl 20 John Quill 21 Robbie Shaw 22 James Paterson 23 Adam Siddall

SCORERS P: Wyles (4) Yellow Card Clever

Ireland15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Darren Cave 12 Stuart Olding 11 Simon Zebo 10 Ian Madigan 9 Isaac Boss 8 PETER O'MAHONY (C) 7 Chris Henry 6 Iain Henderson 5 Devin Toner 4 Mike McCarthy 3 Mike Ross 2 Richardt Strauss 1 David Kilcoyne BENCH: 16 Mike Sherry 17 Jamie Hagan 18 Tom Court 19 Dan Tuohy 20 Tommy O'Donnell 21 Paul Marshall 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Felix Jones

SCORERS P: Madigan (5)

Referee: Francisco Pastrana (UAR)




New Zealand NEW ZEALAND 23 - 13 FRANCE France

 Eden Park, Auckland - Saturday 08 June 2013
KO: 19:35/08:35 BST HT: 17-10 Att: 45-561



NZ v France Well hello there peeps! The rip roaring anthems are done, & now it time for the haka...
NZ v France Oh excellent - it's ka mate - not the dodgy one ;-) But no jump at the end on home soil...
NZ 0-0 France 1min We have KO at Eden Park, & both teams are raring to make an impact. ABs in possession...
NZ 0-0 France 2mins All the ABs getting stuck in but as the heave ahead, France have the penalty for not releasing
NZ 0-0 France 3mins Huge work from Les Bleus as go from almost own 22 to the Kiwis'... but drop goal goes awry
NZ 0-0 France 5mins ABs clear to own 10m & a k/o from France gives ABs scrum out wide...
NZ 0-0 France 6mins French front row goes early so a quick tap & go for ABs; another scrum on opposite side...
NZ 0-0 France 7mins Ma'a Nonu makes a break & it's another Kiwi scrum on French 10m but ball stolen
NZ 0-5 France 9mins Super work from Les Bleus & excellent footwork for Wesley Fofana to dance thru ABs to score
NZ 0-7 France 10mins Maxime Machenaud pops thru the conversion while ABs just look on in surprise
NZ 0-7 France 12mins But Les Bleus gift a penalty almost immediately; Aaron Cruden tees up but pulls it wide
NZ 0-7 France 13mins Good to see it's the playing French that have travelled down under!
NZ 0-7 France 14mins ABs threaten French 22 but t/o from Louis Picamoles allows to Dimitri Szarzewski to secure
NZ 0-7 France 15mins ABs scrum inside French 22 & ref Wayne Barnes pings French so ABs pen; Cruden teeing up
NZ 0-7 France 16mins Cruden appears to have left kicking boots at home as he misses again from 22
NZ 0-7 France 17mins It's a French scrum just inside their side of H/W & has to be reset...
NZ 0-7 France 18mins Aaron Smith shuts Picamoles down but good recycling & Camille Lopez breaks...but ABs t/o
NZ 0-7 France 20mins ABs overlap doesn't pan out & France have scrum again inside own 10m but offside & ABs pen
NZ 3-7 France 22mins Cruden kicks from outside the 22 on left & this time he strikes it on target
NZ 3-7 France 23mins French up to ABs 22 from restart but a high kick ends up in Israel Dagg's hands...
NZ 3-7 France 24mins ABs L/O just inside French 10m; is all a bit scrappy so far from ABs...
NZ 3-7 France 26mins Momentum slowed as another scrum set for ABs on French 10m
NZ 3-7 France 26mins In case you're wondering, Dan Carter cracked bone in hand in Crusaders v Waratahs last wk
NZ 3-7 France 27mins So today Carter is water boy & can only look in mid field
NZ 3-7 France 29mins French t/o the ball but ABs quickly reciprocate; time off for medics to run on...
NZ 3-7 France 29mins All good & ABs have he scrum on H/W; apparently French went early again-story of the match
NZ 3-7 France 30mins But French not letting this slide & force a t/o tho still in own territory...
NZ 3-7 France 31mins ABs wrestle ball back but not for long as ripped away from Brodie Retallick
NZ 8-7 France 33mins But turns into Smith & Smith show as Ben charges from own 10m & offload to Aaron to score
NZ 10-7 France 33mins Cruden converts & ABs crawl ahead of the French for the first time...
NZ 10-7 France 35mins Adrien Plante shoots from own territory to ABs 22 for fantastic break; charge down...
NZ 10-10 France 36mins But an ABs player is offside so Machenaud tees up & equalises...
NZ 10-10 France 37mins Fulgence Ouedraogo replaced by Yannick Nyanga & just as it looks all square...
NZ 15-10 France 37mins...Nonu makes spectacular break & as French defence falls away, Sam Cane dives under posts
NZ 17-10 France 38mins Cruden converts & suddenly whole game looks v different heading up to HT
NZ 17-10 France 40mins Midfield play as the siren goes; eventually an ABs fwd pass halts Julian Savea in tracks

NZ 17-10 France HT T: Aaron Smith, Cane C: Cruden (2) P: Cruden | T: Fofana C: Machenaud P: Machenaud

NZ 17-10 France 40mins And we're back...score's the same...& it's still Kiwis against French chaps!
NZ 17-10 France 41mins (Yep - stir craziness is setting in early today!)
NZ 17-10 France 41mins Time off whilst Machenaud gets some attention; French gift penalty early way out wide...
NZ 17-10 France 42mins Cruden misses by country mile while Machenaud is helped off pitch; Jean-Marc Doussain on
NZ 17-10 France 44mins France scrum just inside own 10m & handed penalty for ABs front row collapse
NZ 17-10 France 45mins Good clear & Les Bleus on the ABs 22; penalty France as Retallick not releasing player
NZ 17-13 France 47mins Lopez tees up in front of posts on 22 & scores his first points for France on debut
NZ 17-13 France 47mins Barnes busts Luke Romano at breakdown for again not releasing; French L/O on ABs 22
NZ 17-13 France 49mins Good L/O but French forced back a few metres; bit scrappy til ABs k/o on own 10m
NZ 17-13 France 49mins A little time out & packs prepare to go head to head; ABs buckle & Owen Franks pinged
NZ 17-13 France 50mins Lopez tees up from 43m slightly wide but pushes it a wee bit too wide
NZ 17-13 France 51mins Lopez redeems himself with lovely high kick for Picamoles to collect superbly...
NZ 17-13 France 52mins L/O for Les Bleus on ABs 22 & goes well; French on the attack & inches from the T/L
NZ 17-13 France 53mins ABs busted for a bad tackle at the breakdown & penalty to Les Bleus; French 5m scrum
NZ 17-13 France 54mins But doesn't go to plan as ABs shove French back & win penalty to clear them out...
NZ 17-13 France 54mins Vincent Debaty & Daniel Kotze on for Luc Ducalcon & Thomas Domingo
NZ 17-13 France 56mins ABs scrum & win pen; Ben Franks on for Owen & Keven Mealamu for Dane Coles
NZ 17-13 France 58mins Guilhem Guirado on for Szarzewski while ABs have yet another scrum on H/W
NZ 20-13 France 59mins French pinged at breakdown & Cruden punishes them with another 3-pointer
NZ 20-13 France 61mins From deep in ABs 22 they battle to clear French back; still there & here comes a t/o
NZ 20-13 France 62mins A breathtaking break from Les Bleus shows off their flair until...
NZ 20-13 France 62mins ...the final pass unmarked 2m from T/L is too low & Picamoles fumbles & drops it!
NZ 20-13 France 63mins Everyone not Kiwi throws arms up in horror & disappointment as ABs have 5m scrum
NZ 20-13 France 63mins Barnes sets & resets scrum repeatedly & he has to have words with front rows; penalty ABs
NZ 20-13 France 65mins Oh this is all getting a little tedious. And it's not even Wayne Barnes' fault!
NZ 20-13 France 67mins Phewy! Ball goes flying under ABs posts but lucky for them pounced on by a black shirt!
NZ 20-13 France 69mins Turning into a kicking game now; Cruden's last into touch & Les Bleus have L/O on H/W
NZ 20-13 France 70mins Rene Ranger & Kerr-Barlow on for Aaron Smith & Dagg; Michalak & Mermoz for Lopez & Fritz
NZ 20-13 France 71mins ABs force t/o on H/W; Huget down after collision with Ranger while ABs force pen
NZ 23-13 France 73min Alexandre Flanquart on for Maestri & Beauden Barrett for Cruden after his final 3-pointer
NZ 23-13 France 75mins Ben Afeaki for Wyatt Crockett; Huget not doing well but bench has been used completely
NZ 23-13 France 77mins Huget can't stop ball from going into touch giving ABs L/O deep in French 22
NZ 23-13 France 79mins Another L/O back up near H/W but France nick the ball & head towards the ABs 22...
NZ 23-13 France 80mins They battle hard but lose ball forward after siren has gone & it's a ABs win

New Zealand15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ma'a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith 8 KIERAN READ (C) 7 Sam Cane 6 Liam Messam 5 Brodie Retallick 4 Luke Romano 3 Owen Franks 2 Dane Coles 1 Wyatt Crockett BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Ben Franks 18 Ben Afeaki 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Victor Vito 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Rene Ranger

SCORERS T: Aaron Smith, Cane C: Cruden (2) P: Cruden

France15 Yoann Huget 14 Adrien Plante 13 Florian Fritz 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Maxime Medard 10 Camille Lopez 9 Maxime Machenaud 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo 6 THIERRY DUSAUTOIR (C) 5 Yoann Maestri 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 3 Luc Ducalcon 2 Dimitri Szarzewski 1 Thomas Domingo BENCH: 16 Guilhem Guirado 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Daniel Kotze 19 Akexandre Flanquart 20 Yannick Nyanga 21 Jean-Marc Doussain 22 Frederic Michalak 23 Maxime Mermoz

SCORERS T: Fofana C: Machenaud P: Machenaud

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)




Week 3

Blues France Fiji Classic All Blacks Japan WalesSamoa Italy Argentina England South Africa ScotlandNew Zealand France Canada Ireland

Blues BLUES 15 - 38 FRANCE France

 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland - Tuesday 11 June 2013
KO: 19:05/08:05 BST HT: 3-12 Att: 31,104

Blues France

A plucky young Blues outfit showed plenty of courage and fight before eventually succumbing to France 38-15 in the Adidas Challenge at North Harbour Stadium on Tuesday night.

With six frontline players out with the All Blacks as well as captain Ali Williams and Luke Braid being rested, the Blues squad had a very young and experimental look to it. It was an opportunity for a number of second string players to put their hands up for selection and show their coach they were worthy of a call up, and against a powerful French side, they did just that. They were confronted with a physically intimidating French outfit who puffed out their chests and smashed their opponents in defence.

Baden Kerr was the first casualty, forced from the field after a bone crunching hit from hooker Guilhelm Guirado. The Blues first-five failed his sideline concussion test as Chris Noakes was introduced to the game midway through the first half. But the Blues were up to the challenge. Peter Saili led from the front with some strong ball carries, while Anthony Boric, Brendon O'Connor and Kane Barrett all toiled hard in defence.

In fact the whole Blues defensive performance was outstanding. Against an international team, albeit it a second string side, the Blues gritted their teeth, got up in the line, scrambled hard and showed plenty of desperation to hold out the French.

The visitors controlled the wealth of possession and territory in the first half as they disrupted the Blues’ lineout and pressured them at the ruck, but they were unable to make it count as the Blues held them tryless.

However it was their indiscipline that cost Sir John Kirwan’s men as halfback Jean Marc Doussain slotted four penalty kicks to give France a 12-3 halftime lead.

The French came out firing in the second stanza as the Blues defensive line finally cracked, the visitors running in three quick-fire tries to take a commanding 31-3 lead after 55 minutes.

It was centre Gael Fickou who glided through for the opener, before Fijian flyer Noa Nakaitaci scored a brace to put the French firmly in the driver’s seat.

However the home side showed plenty of resolve to fight their way back into the game and they crossed the whitewash through impressive captain James Parsons after 58 minutes. Keeping it in tight, the forwards barged their way towards the line and after a review by the television match official, Parsons was awarded the try.

The Blues continued their attack through the forwards with strong reward, before the ball was released to the backs as Jackson Willison popped a lovely inside ball to George Moala who brushed off Frederic Michalak to score the home side’s second try.

However France had the final say, replacement hooker Benjamin Kayser crossing for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining to give France a hard fought 38-15 victory.

‡Report courtesy of The Blues

Blues15 Marty McKenzie 14 Frank Halai 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Jackson Willison11 George Moala 10 Baden Kerr 9 Jamison Gibson-Park 1 Sam Prattley 2 JAMES PARSONS (C) 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 4 Anthony Boric 5 Culum Retallick 6 Kane Barrett 7 Brendon O'Connor 8 Peter Saili BENCH: 16 Quentin Macdonald 17 Angus Taavao-Matau 18 Liaki Moli 19 Ronald Raaymakers 20 Sean Polwart 21 Chris Noakes 22 Tevita Li 23 Wayne Ngaluafe

SCORERS T: Parsons, Moala C: McKenzie P: Kerr

France15 Maxime Medard 14 Seru Nakaitaci 13 Gael Fickou 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 Marc Andreu 10 Remi Tales 9 Jean-Marc Doussain 1 Eddy Ben Arous 2 Guilhem Guirado 3 Nicolas Mas 4 Christophe Samson 5 Alexandre Flanquart 6 Yannick Nyanga Kabasele 7 Bernard Le Roux 8 Antonie Claassen 16 Benjamin Kayser 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Daniel Kotze 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina 20 Damien Chouly 21 Frederic Michalak 22 Camille Lopez 23 Brice Dulin

SCORERS T: Fickou, Nakaitaci (2), Kayser C: Doussain (3) P: Doussain

Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)




Fiji FIJI 33 - 14 CLASSIC ALL BLACKSNew Zealand

 ANZ Stadium, Suva - Wednesday 12 June 2013
KO: 18:00/07:00 BST HT: 6-14 Att: tba

FIJI T: Nadolo, Ravulo, Somoca C: Bai (3) P: Bai (4)
ALL BLACKS T: Thomson P: Ai'i (3)

Referee: James Bolabiu (FRU)

Japan JAPAN 23 - 8 WALES Wales

 Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 14:00/06:00 BST HT: 6-3 Att: tba


Japan15 Ayumu Goromaru 14 Toshiaki Hirose 13 Male Sa’u 12 Craig Wing 11 Kenki Fukuoka 10 Harumichi Tatekawa 9 Fumiaki Tanaka 1 Masataka Mikami 2 Shota Horie 3 Hiroshi Yamashita 4 Hitoshi Ono 5 Shoji Ito 6 Hendrik Tui 7 Michael Broadhurst 8 TAKASHI KIKUTANI (C) BENCH: 16 Takeshi Kizu 17 Yusuke Nagae 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama 19 Shinya Makabe 20 Justin Ives 21 Atsushi Hiwasa 22 Yuu Tamura 23 Yoshikazu Fujita

SCORERS T: Wing, Broadhurst C: Goromaru (2) P: Goromaru (3)

Wales15 Liam Williams 14 Harry Robinson 13 Owen Williams 12 Jonathan Spratt 11 Tom Prydie 10 Dan Biggar 9 Lloyd Williams 1 Rhys Gill 2 Emyr Phillips 3 Scott Andrews 4 BRADLEY DAVIES (C) 5 Lou Reed 6 James King 7 Josh Navidi 8 Andries Pretorius BENCH: 16 Scott Baldwin 17 Rhodri Jones 18 Craig Mitchell 19 Andrew Coombs 20 Dan Baker 21 Tavis Knoyle 22 Rhys Patchell 23 Dafydd Howells

SCORERS T: Prydie P: Biggar

Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)




Samoa SAMOA 39 - 10 ITALY Italy

 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 14:15/13:15 BST HT: 10-3 Att: tba


APART from captain Sergio Parisse, who certainly is classy, there was little to write home about for the Azzurri, as their second outing in South Africa ended in just as big a defeat as the first one.

Samoa's hard-running style, physical ability at the breakdowns and improvement in the scrums was there to see from last weekend. They opened their scoring when Tusi Pisi broke through the midfield and sent the ball wide for Paul Williams to score. Italian flyhalf Luciano Orquera got his side on the board with a penalty but it wasn’t long before Williams had restored the lead.

Pisi again saw some space behind the gain line and put through the perfect grubber for Alapati Leiua to time his run perfectly and score the second try.

Samoa kicked another penalty and killed off any chance of the match being a contest as they stole a great ball in their own 22, took the ball up and watched as Johnny Leota ran 70 metres to outstrip the defence and put them way out in front.

The Samoans' fourth try was just as impressive on the counter-attack, but had to be confirmed upstairs as Wayne Ole Avei looked to be in touch as he passed inside to Taiasina Tuifua for the try. Leiua was sent to the sin bin late in the game for a professional foul and applying pressure in the maul the Italians finally were rewarded as Craig Joubert awarded a penalty try, taking them to double figures.

Samoa15 James So’oialo 14 Alapati Leiua 13 PAUL WILLIAMS (C) 12 John Leota 11 Alesana Tuilagi 10 Tusiata Pisi 9 Jeremy Sua 1 Taulafo Sakaria 2 Ole Avei 3 Census Johnston 4 Teofilo Paulo 5 Daniel Leo 6 Ofisa Treviranus 7 Jack Lam 8 Taiasina Tuifua BENCH: 16 Ti’i Paulo 17 Logovi’i Mulipola 18 James Johnston 19 Kane Thompson 20 Junior Poluleuligaga 21 Brando Va’aulu 22 Seilala Mapusua 23 Piula Faasalele

SCORERS T: Williams, Leiua, Leota, Tu'ifua, Va'alulu C: Williams (3), Anufe P: Williams (2)

Italy15 Andrea Masi 14 Giovanbattista Venditti 13 Gonzalo Canale 12 Gonzalo Garcia 11 Tommaso Iannone 10 Luciano Orquera 9 Edoardo Gori 1 Alberto De Marchi 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 4 Valerio Bernabo’ 5 Marco Bortolami 6 Alessandro Zanni 7 Mauro Bergamasco 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Andrea Manici* 17 Michele Rizzo 18 Lorenzo Cittadini 19 Antonio Pavanello 20 Manoa Vosawai 21 Tobias Botes 22 Alberto Di Bernardo 23 Luke McLean

SCORERS T: PT C: di Bernardo P: Orquera

Referee: Craig Joubert (SARU)




Argentina ARGENTINA 26 - 51 ENGLAND England

 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 16:10/20:10 BST HT: 12-25 Att: tba



Argentina v England Final international action of the day to KO soon. Will it be another England domination?
Argentina v England 0mins KO & both sides look raring
Argentina 3-0 England 4mins Penalty conceded by England and Bustos Moyano sails pen over
Argentina 3-0 England 5mins Argentina getting off to a better start than last week but give England a shot at goal
Argentina 3-3 England 6mins Freddie Burns nods towards posts & slots it over
Argentina 3-3 England 8mins Argentina on the attack & going through phases- England tackler pinged
Argentina 6-3 England 10mins Bustos Moyano tees up and thumps ball through- Argentina looking the calmer side
Argentina 6-3 England 10mins Mike Brown k/o as Argentina go back on attack. Adv over for the men in blue
Argentina 6-3 England 12mins Pumas give away a pen after ball carrier was left isolated> England L/O on H/W
Argentina 6-3 England 13mins England initially take L/O well but are t/o. Argentina mauling over H/W
Argentina 6-3 England 14mins England t/o & game pauses before English scrum just inside own half
Argentina 6-3 England 14mins Massive scrum from England pushes Argentina over H/W & they are handed a pen
Argentina 6-3 England 15mins England go for touch but L/O not straight> Argentina scrum near to last put in
Argentina 6-3 England 16mins England t/o after the scrum & Burns grubbers the ball into touch just outside Pumas' 22
Argentina 6-3 England 17mins High ball from Burns caught by Argentina's Bustos Moyano but he's isolated & concedes pen
Argentina 6-3 England 18mins Mixture of cheers & boos erupt around the Buenos Aires stadium as Burns' kick goes wide
Argentina 6-3 England 20mins Mike Brown pinged for holding onto the ball inside England's half> Bustos Moyano tees up
Argentina 9-3 England 21mins Huge thump from Bustos Moyano creates ripple of cheers from the crowd as pen sails through
Argentina 9-3 England 22mins Tom Wood pinged for being off-feet> Pumas handed pen- go for touch
Argentina 9-6 England 24mins More booing around the stadium as Burns tees up & this time his kick belts over
Argentina 9-6 England 25mins Both sides conceding too many penalties already as England concede another kickable pen
Argentina 12-6 England 25mins Bustos Moyano makes it 4 out of 4 as he nails another kick over
Argentina 12-6 England 28mins Argentina k/o & hand England a valuable scrum
Argentina 12-6 England 29mins Great chip from Burns almost saw England gain their 1st try & Bustos Moyano acts quickly
Argentina 12-11 England 30mins Huge scrum from England, 5 metres out from T/L> Pumas fold under pressure> PT
Argentina 12-13 England 30mins Blood pouring down Burns' face as he adds the conversion & England take lead
Argentina 12-13 England 31mins Mariano Galarza receiving treatment on pitch before Pumas L/O in England's half
Argentina 12-13 England 32mins Pumas hungrily making way towards England's 22 but only appear to be going sideways
Argentina 12-13 England 33mins England t/o & Jonathan Joseph boots ball upfield into touch
Argentina 12-13 England 34mins Argentina L/O goes awry & Rob Webber may have k/o. Argentina stop but England go for try
Argentina 12-13 England 34mins Fortunately for the statue-esque Pumas, there was a k/o otherwise that would have been England's easiest try
Argentina 12-13 England 35mins Argentina have the scrum but England t/o resulting ball
Argentina 12-13 England 36mins England working through phases just inside Pumas' 22. Two Argentina defenders injured
Argentina 12-18 England 36mins Kyle Eastmond passes to Marland Yarde, who gets it to Burns & he battles over T/L- try!
Argentina 12-18 England 37mins No silence for Burns as he tees up & he slices the conversion of his own try
Argentina 12-18 England 39mins England looking to get more pts before HT & are handed adv whilst 5 metres out
Argentina 12-18 England 39mins England have pen & Bustos Moyano sin-binned, how will the Pumas fair without him?
Argentina 12-18 England 40mins England opt for the scrum 5 metres out next to the left blindside> scrum has to be reset
Argentina 12-23 England 41mins Argentina crumble under the scrum pressure & give away penalty try> Burns teeing up
Argentina 12-25 England 42mins Burns converts & the sides run off for HT

Argentina 12-25 England HT P: Bustos Moyano (4) YC Bustos Moyano | T: PT (2), Burns C: Burns (2) P: Burns (2)

Argentina 12-25 England HT Pumas have had more possession but their collapsing scrums are costing them dearly

Argentina 12-25 England 40mins 2nd half KO & Jonny May has the first touch
Argentina 12-25 England 41mins Argentina k/o & give England the scrum- something they would rather not do
Argentina 12-25 England 42mins Scrum taking time, a lot longer than in Lions' games & Argentina handed pen from it
Argentina 12-25 England 43mins Argentina have a renewed confidence as they push forwards over H/W
Argentina 12-25 England 44mins Pumas on their 12th phase but England defence is like a wall. Ball goes forward
Argentina 12-25 England 46mins Another great scrum from England & they get the ball away> England handed pen
Argentina 12-25 England 46mins Burns goes for the corner> L/O secured & England shuffling forwards
Argentina 12-25 England 47mins Argentina t/o after England k/o- adv over & England t/o before being t/o again
Argentina 12-25 England 48mins Lot of turning over going on as play centralises near to H/W. Argentina push forwards
Argentina 17-25 England 49mins Argentina handed adv on their 14th phase & are metres out. Adv over- Manuel Montero try
Argentina 19-25 England 50mins Bustos Moyano just back from sinbin & belts conversion over. Courtney Lawes on
Argentina 19-25 England 52mins Dave Attwood off & Joe Marler receiving treatment to knee before scrum
Argentina 19-25 England 52mins Argentina's scrums going better this half & are feeding ball out wide. England t/o
Argentina 19-30 England 53mins England roaring forwards, great run from Yarde gives Hooker Rob Webber the try
Argentina 19-30 England 54mins Whistling from the crowd before Burns' conversion slides wide of the posts
Argentina 19-30 England 55mins Argentina's defenders look knackered after the last England onslaught
Argentina 19-30 England 55mins England have defensive scrum just outside own 22 & manage to boot ball away
Argentina 19-30 England 57mins England handed a pen & Burns boots for the corner in Argentina's 22
Argentina 19-35 England 58mins Yarde bounces from scrum & scores a beautiful try on his international debut
Argentina 19-37 England 58mins Burns thumps the conversion over & England are looking in control again
Argentina 19-37 England 60mins Replacements coming on for both sides & crowd is silent as scrum is set
Argentina 19-37 England 60mins Argentina pinged for going early at the scrum & Richard Wigglesworth takes a quick kick
Argentina 19-37 England 62mins Burns' head wound is bleeding again as England are forced back into their own half
Argentina 19-37 England 64mins Ref Nigel Owens not happy as England's L/O catcher is taken out in air> England have pen
Argentina 19-42 England 65mins England go for L/O & drive forwards Eastmond evades number of defenders & gets a try
Argentina 19-44 England 65mins Burns converts easily & Argentine crowd appears to be shell shocked a floodgates open
Argentina 19-44 England 66mins Manuel Montero on ground & is in agony. Tried to catch high ball but landed on knee
Argentina 19-44 England 66mins Argentina's try scorer has been strapped to a stretcher & is carried off to applause
Argentina 19-44 England 67mins England have scrum but pinged for being low with hand on the ground> Pumas go for L/O
Argentina 19-44 England 68mins Replacements on for both sides as Pumas maul forwards and have adv
Argentina 19-44 England 69mins Argentina go back for original pen- take it quick & are a metre short. Crowd is alive
Argentina 19-44 England 69mins Argentina powered over the line but haven't got it down by lack of celebrating
Argentina 24-44 England 69mins Any reason I cannot award the try asked to TMO- try awarded much to surprise of everyone
Argentina 26-44 England 70mins Tomas Leonardi got the try despite not celebrating it. Bustos Moyano converts perfectly
Argentina 26-44 England 71mins England instantly on lookout for pts> England L/O on Pumas' 22
Argentina 26-44 England 71mins Scramble defence from Argentina but still England hammer forward
Argentina 26-49 England 73mins England desperately seeking a try & Yarde flies through defence & scores his 2nd
Argentina 26-51 England 75mins Stephen Myler converts as Burns has been substituted
Argentina 26-51 England 77mins Argentina rush into England's 22 from the restart but k/o> 5m scrum England
Argentina 26-51 England 77mins Crowd coming back to life again & England force Argentina to concede a pen England
Argentina 26-51 England 78mins Great run from England sees Yarde hungrily trying to gain hat trick on debut
Argentina 26-51 England 79mins England thumping through phases & break into Pumas' 22 as claxon goes
Argentina 26-51 England 80mins England handed adv but Owens declares it over. Pass from Myler to Lawes goes forward
Argentina 26-51 England 80mins Final whistle is blown as handbags come out near the blindside but all is calmed down
Argentina 26-51 England FT Fantastic & convincing win from England. Yarde was immense on his international debut
Argentina 26-51 England FT Argentina were their own worst enemies but there were glimmers from the home side

Argentina15 Martín Bustos Moyano 14 Belisario Agulla 13 Gonzalo Tiesi 12 Gabriel Ascárate 11 Manuel Montero 10 FELIPE CONTEPOMI (C) 9 Nicolás Vergallo 1 Guillermo Roan 2 Martín García Veiga 3 Maximiliano Bustos 4 Julio Farías Cabello 5 Mariano Galarza 6 Rodrigo Báez 7 Benjamín Macome 8 Tomás Leonardi BENCH: 16 Mauricio Guidone 17 Pablo Henn 18 Francisco Gómez Kodela 19 Esteban Lozada 20 Tomás De la Vega 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Benjamín Madero 23 Matías Orlando

SCORERS T: Montero, Leonardi C: Bustos Moyano (2) P: Bustos Moyano (4) Yellow Card Bustos Moyano

England15 Mike Brown 14 Christian Wade 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Marland Yarde* 10 Freddie Burns 9 Lee Dickson 1 Joe Marler 2 Rob Webber 3 David Wilson 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Dave Attwood 6 TOM WOOD (C) 7 Matt Kvesic 8 Ben Morgan BENCH: 16 David Paice 17 Paul Doran Jones 18 Henry Thomas 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Billy Vunipola 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Stephen Myler* 23 Ben Foden

SCORERS T: PT (2), Burns, Webber, Yarde (2), Eastmond C: Burns (4), Myler P: Burns (2)




South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 30 - 17 SCOTLAND Scotland

 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 17:15/16:15 BST HT: 6-10 Att: tba


THE Springboks regrouped timeously enough after halftime to avoid embarrassment, but their 30-17 win over Scotland tested coach Heyneke Meyer’s team was more than public expectation.

The Springboks lost loose forward Arno Botha in the first minute of the match with a knee injury, which did not help their cause, although Meyer was very proud of the way replacement Siya Kolisi played.

“We have lost Arno for at least eight weeks, so it is a pity, but Siya really took his changes well. We were tested out there today, this was a proper test match,” Meyer said.

The coach admitted that they did not play well at the breakdowns.

“We struggled to adapt at the breakdown, but I thought we showed great character to come back and win the test match. All credit to Scotland who played very well.”

Captain Jean de Villiers also felt the importance of team work was instrumental in their win.

“Everyone trusted the guy next to him and that guy did what he was supposed to do. One cannot ask for more than that as a captain. The young guys in the team showed a lot of maturity when needed.”

With six minutes to go, there were only three points in it as the Boks led 20-17. It was then that replacement flyhalf Patrick Lambie stepped up to kick a penalty to make it a six point buffer and on the final whistle young centre Jan Serfontein dropped in to score his first test try.

Visiting flyhalf Greig Laidlaw kicked the first points of the match with a penalty, but Morné Steyn equalized and then took the lead for the Boks with penalties of his own.

The first try of the match was created for the Scots by a great chip and gather out on the right and centre Matt Scott scored. Laidlaw’s conversion was the last score of the half with 20 minutes of it left.

Outside centre Alex Dunbar went over in the left corner to complete the second try after a sustained build-up early in the second half. A penalty try was awarded to the Boks as the pack rumbled up to the line, and then JJ Engelbrecht scored the try that put the Boks into a lead in the 55th minute that they were never to relinquish.

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Bryan Habana 13 JJ Engelbrecht 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Morné Steyn 9 Ruan Pienaar 8 Pierre Spies 7 Arno Botha 6 Marcell Coetzee 5 Juandré Kruger 4 Eben Etzebeth 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Adriaan Strauss 1 Tendai Mtawarira BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Coenie Oosthuizen 19 Flip van der Merwe 20 Siya Kolisi* 21 Piet van Zyl* 22 Pat Lambie 23 Jan Serfontein

SCORERS T: PT, Engelbrecht, Serfontein C: Steyn (2), Lambie P: Steyn (2), Lambie

Scotland15 Peter Murchie* 14 Tommy Seymour*13 Alex Dunbar 12 Matt Scott 11 Sean Lamont 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Alasdair Dickinson 2 Scott Lawson 3 Euan Murray 4 Tim Swinson* 5 Jim Hamilton 6 Alasdair Strokosch 7 Ryan Wilson 8 Johnnie Beattie BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown* 17 Jon Welsh 18 Moray Low 19 Alastair Kellock 20 David Denton 21 Henry Pyrgos 22 Peter Horne 23 Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: Scott, Dunbar C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw Yellow Card Hamilton

Referee: Romain Poite (FFR)




New Zealand NEW ZEALAND 30 - 0 FRANCE France

 AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 19:35/08:35 BST HT: 10-0 Att: tba



All Blacks v France Raining at AMI Stadium in Addington as the players prepare to come out onto the pitch
All Blacks v France Huge roar as the home side purposefully make their way out in front of the crowd
All Blacks v France 2nd test to k/o shortly after the national anthems
All Blacks 0-0 France 0mins Dramatic Haka to start this equally dramatic match. Frederic Michalak k/o
All Blacks 0-0 France 1mins France are the ones making the 1st impact as they batter their way into the All Blacks half
All Blacks 0-0 France 2mins All Blacks roaring forwards and it looks to be a try- Alain Rolland going for TMO
All Blacks 5-0 France 2mins L/O ball was stolen from French but was there a k/o at the L/O? Julian Savea has try
All Blacks 7-0 France 3mins Aaron Cruden takes his time over the conversion & thumps it through
All Blacks 7-0 France 5mins All Blacks really testing France's high ball catching skills & they are back on attack
All Blacks 7-0 France 5mins Kieran Read toeing blindside. France k/o> All Blacks have scrum
All Blacks 7-0 France 7mins Dan Carter is pitchside as the water boy & All Blacks pacing forwards but k/o
All Blacks 7-0 France 8mins Wesley Fofana down but is ok> France have scrum in own 22. Home side collapse scrum
All Blacks 7-0 France 9mins Huge boot from Aaron Smith is forcing France to make handling errors
All Blacks 7-0 France 10mins France having to battle to get out of own half but Maxime Medard darting down blindside
All Blacks 7-0 France 12mins France seem to be unsteady & k/o> All Blacks scrum near H/W
All Blacks 7-0 France 13mins New Zealand t/o & France trying to exploit but they frustratingly kick away
All Blacks 7-0 France 15mins Huge boot from Cruden thumps the All Blacks just outside France's 22> French L/O
All Blacks 7-0 France 15mins France lose L/O & boos beginning to chorus around stadium. Savea quick throws into own 22
All Blacks 7-0 France 17mins Ball is booted straight out so France have L/O> Michalak tries for DG but goes wide
All Blacks 7-0 France 18mins All Blacks give away a pen & steal French L/O illegally> Michalak teeing up
All Blacks 7-0 France 19mins Boos reverberating & Michalak misses. Boos turn to cheers as All Blacks roar forwards
All Blacks 7-0 France 19mins All Blacks make it all the way down to France's 22 from their own. Fantastic run from Read
All Blacks 10-0 France 20mins Crowd grumbling as Cruden belts over a pen
All Blacks 10-0 France 22mins Savea collides into Louis Picamoles under high ball & France awarded pen> France L/O
All Blacks 10-0 France 24mins Medard ran into Fofana giving All Blacks a scrum near to France's 22> All Blacks go early
All Blacks 10-0 France 25mins Michalak boots away but All Blacks don't take long to get back into France's 22
All Blacks 10-0 France 26mins Sam Whitelock receiving treatment & it appears he is having his elbow strapped up
All Blacks 10-0 France 27mins Roar erupts from stadium as Ma'a Nonu rips forwards- France k/o> All Blacks have scrum
All Blacks 10-0 France 27mins France pinged & Cruden tees up
All Blacks 10-0 France 28mins Footage shows Ben Smith's jersey being pulled when he ran in support. Cruden misses
All Blacks 10-0 France 30mins All Blacks quickly forget Cruden miss as they thump their way back into France's 22
All Blacks 10-0 France 30mins Great defensive work from France denies Nonu a try> French L/O but it goes awry
All Blacks 10-0 France 31mins French L/O is poor in this game after repetitively losing ball and not throwing it straight
All Blacks 10-0 France 33mins All Blacks have scrum in France 22. Picamoles wins a pen & Michalak boots into touch
All Blacks 10-0 France 34mins France not going to get anywhere if they keep booting the ball away
All Blacks 10-0 France 34mins Another error from France gives All Blacks a scrum just inside France's half
All Blacks 10-0 France 35mins France have another pressured L/O just outside their own 22 & they manage to secure it
All Blacks 10-0 France 37mins Huge boot from Cruden results in a 22 dropout by Michalak
All Blacks 10-0 France 38mins All Blacks concede another pen & France bang the ball into touch
All Blacks 10-0 France 38mins Dane Coles and Read both receiving treatment but look to be alright
All Blacks 10-0 France 38mins France looking their most dangerous & they batter way into 22, metres from T/L
All Blacks 10-0 France 40mins Maul is formed & France k/o> All Blacks scrum in own 22. Ball is booted into touch for HT

All Blacks 10-0 France HT T: Savea C: Cruden P: Cruden | -

All Blacks 10-0 France 40mins k/o from All Blacks & they are raring forwards
All Blacks 10-0 France 41mins Such quick ball from both sides & Cruden boots into touch
All Blacks 10-0 France 41mins Medard has been replaced by Brice Dulin but it isn't due to injury
All Blacks 10-0 France 43mins France's L/O going better this half so far as they form a driving maul
All Blacks 10-0 France 43mins High ball evaded Yoann Huget but All Blacks take it out> another French L/O
All Blacks 10-0 France 44mins The men in blue look hungry for their 1st pts & are 5 metres from T/L
All Blacks 10-0 France 44mins France practically on the line as the French forwards keep it tight
All Blacks 10-0 France 46mins They send it out wide & they are still going through phases. Immense All Black defence
All Blacks 10-0 France 47mins On the 21st phase & Fofana was almost over. France are still going, so very close
All Blacks 10-0 France 48mins France go backwards & DG attempted but it's charged down & All Blacks try for Ben Smith!
All Blacks 15-0 France 49mins Fantastic 80 metre team try from Ben Smith, just when it looked like France would score
All Blacks 17-0 France 50mins Cruden adds conversion & All Blacks not only survived the French onslaught, they thrived
All Blacks 17-0 France 50mins Dimitri Szarzewski replaced by Benjamin Kayser
All Blacks 17-0 France 53mins France pinged for being offside inside their own half & Picamoles is down
All Blacks 17-0 France 53mins Pause in play as Picamoles receives treatment and his replacement is waiting pitchside
All Blacks 17-0 France 53mins The cart is out for Picamoles & Yannick Nyanga Kabasele is on> Cruden tees up
All Blacks 20-0 France 54mins Cruden sinks another pen over & All Blacks are humiliating their guests
All Blacks 20-0 France 55mins Kayser's 1st L/O goes awry & New Zealand are pelting down field with quick ball
All Blacks 20-0 France 56mins Kayser's 2nd L/O goes better but the All Blacks look in control of this game
All Blacks 20-0 France 57mins k/o from All Blacks> French scrum near own 22. Scrum has to be reset
All Blacks 20-0 France 57mins Scrum goes well & Michalak boots straight to All Blacks but they fumble the ball
All Blacks 20-0 France 58mins New Zealand somehow managed to keep the ball- France t/o & boot into touch
All Blacks 20-0 France 58mins Rene Ranger on for Savea, Andrew Hore on for Dane Coles & Piri Weepu on for Aaron Smith
All Blacks 20-0 France 61mins Michalak not at his best & All Blacks win a pen
All Blacks 20-0 France 62mins All Blacks have L/O inside France's 22 & form a maul. New Zealand handed another pen
All Blacks 20-0 France 61mins Tony Woodcock on for 97th test replacing Wyatt Crockett. Victor Vito replaces Liam Messam
All Blacks 23-0 France 61mins Cruden tees up and wallops over another pen
All Blacks 23-0 France 63mins The immense Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Florian Fritz in a bid to spark something special
All Blacks 23-0 France 66mins All Blacks still dominating the territory as well as the scoreboard
All Blacks 23-0 France 66mins Boos erupt as Hore passes forwards, Read would have been through> France scrum in own 22
All Blacks 23-0 France 67mins Scrappy scrum from France, very dangerous thing considering they're 5 metres from own T/L
All Blacks 23-0 France 68mins Number of replacements coming on for both sides & Sam Whitelock is off
All Blacks 23-0 France 69mins Sam Cane pinged for not releasing ball> France L/O on H/W
All Blacks 23-0 France 70mins Game of aerial ping pong ensues, France won't get pts if keep booting possession away
All Blacks 23-0 France 72mins Both sides k/o> France have scrum on H/W
All Blacks 23-0 France 72mins Scrum goes down & has to be reset again
All Blacks 23-0 France 74mins France thundering into New Zealand's 22 but have lost momentum> 15 metres out
All Blacks 23-0 France 74mins France hungrily hammering forwards but All Blacks defence is strong> All Blacks pinged
All Blacks 23-0 France 75mins New Zealand pinged for having hands in ruck 20 metres out from posts> France scrum
All Blacks 23-0 France 76mins Scrum taken quickly & France go wide, All Blacks t/o & running from own 22
All Blacks 23-0 France 76mins All Blacks over H/W & France are nowhere to be seen. Beauden Barrett may have his 1st try
All Blacks 30-0 France 77mins Great team try awarded after a suspicious pass is fine. Barrett has try. Cruden converts
All Blacks 30-0 France 77mins Michalak being helped off pitch as New Zealand k/o
All Blacks 30-0 France 79mins France handed pen & Brice Dulin kicks for touch in All Blacks' 22
All Blacks 30-0 France 79mins Ball k/o by New Zealand but adv over as France are metres from T/L
All Blacks 30-0 France 80mins The siren goes, then final whistle & France have 0pts for the 1st time against All Blacks

New Zealand15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ma'a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Luke Romano 5 Brodie Retallick 6 Liam Messam 7 Sam Cane 8 KIERAN READ (C) BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Tony Woodcock 18 Ben Franks 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Victor Vito 21 Piri Weepu 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Rene Ranger

SCORERS T: Savea, Ben Smith, Barrett C: Cruden (3) P: Cruden (3)

France15 Maxime Medard 14 Adrien Plante 13 Florian Fritz 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Yoann Huget 10 Frederic Michalak Camille Lopez 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Thomas Domingo 2 Dimitri Szarzewski 3 Nicolas Mas 4 Christophe Samson 5 Yoann Maestri 6 THIERRY DUSAUTOIR (C) 7 Bernard Le Roux 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Benjamin Kayser 17 Vincent Debaty 18 Luc Ducalcon 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina 20 Yannick Nyanga 21 Brice Dulin 22 Remi Tales 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU)




Canada CANADA 14 - 40 IRELAND Ireland

 BMO Field, Toronto - Saturday 15 June 2013
KO: 20:00/04:00* BST HT: 9-12 Att: tba

Canada15 James Pritchard 14 Matt Evans 13 Ciaran Hearn 12 Harry Jones 11 Taylor Paris 10 Nathan Hirayama 9 Phil Mack 8 AARON CARPENTER (C) 7 John Moonlight 6 Tyler Ardron 5 Tyler Hotson 4 Jebb Sinclair 3 Jason Marshall 2 Ray Barkwill 1 Hubert Buydens BENCH: 16 Ryan Hamilton 17 Andrew Tiedemann 18 Doug Woodridge 19 Jon Phelan 20 Nanyak Dala 21 Sean White 22 Nick Blevins 23 Connor Braid

SCORERS T: Ardron P: Pritchard (3)

Ireland15 Felix Jones 14 Fergus McFadden 13 Darren Cave 12 James Downey* 11 Andrew Trimble 10 Ian Madigan 9 Isaac Boss 1 Tom Court 2 Richardt Strauss 3 Mike Ross 4 Dan Tuohy 5 Devin Toner 6 Kevin McLaughlin 7 Tommy O’Donnell 8 PETER O’MAHONY (C) BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 David Kilcoyne 18 Declan Fitzpatrick 19 Mike McCarthy 20 Chris Henry 21 Paul Marshall 22 Paddy Jackson 23 Robbie Henshaw

SCORERS T: McFadden (3), Cave, Trimble, O'Donnell C: Madigan, Jackson

Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)




Week 4

Classic ANZACS Classic Lions Argentina Georgia New Zealand France


 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane - Friday 21 June 2013
KO: 19:30/10:30 BST HT: tba Att: tba


Scotland SCOTLAND 30 - 29 ITALY Italy


 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Saturday 22 June 2013
KO: 14:15/13:15 BST HT: tba Att: tba


Argentina ARGENTINA 29 - 18 GEORGIA Georgia

 Estadio Centenario, Resistencia - Saturday 22 June 2013
KO: 16:10/20:10 BST HT: tba Att: tba


South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 29 - 18 SAMOA Samoa

 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Saturday 22 June 2013
KO: 17:15/16:15 BST HT: tba Att: tba


New Zealand NEW ZEALAND 24 - 9 FRANCE France

 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth - Saturday 22 June 2013
KO: 19:35/08:35 BST HT: 8-6 Att: tba



NZ v France Great crowd turn out at Yarrow Stadium as we go for anthems
NZ 0-0 France France K/O can they get their pride back?
NZ 0-0 France 0mins France off to a roaring start & near to T/L, are they offside?
NZ 0-0 France 1mins All Blacks handed & Wesley Fofana is down
NZ 0-0 France 2mins All Blacks creeping close to France's 22
NZ 0-0 France 3mins All Blacks k/o in France's 22> French scrum
NZ 0-0 France 4mins France win pen at scrum & handbags coming out
NZ 0-3 France 6mins France back on attack & Florian Fritz lands DG
NZ 0-3 France 9mins All Blacks L/O in own 22 & manage to kick away from danger
NZ 0-3 France 11mins Crowd getting louder as All Blacks rip up the field
NZ 0-3 France 13mins All Blacks have L/O 8 metres from T/L
NZ 3-3 France 15mins France pinged for being offside> Dan Carter tees up & thumps pen over
NZ 3-3 France 18mins Kicking competition right now, but Israel Dagg ends it as he boots into touch
NZ 3-3 France 19mins France are phenomenal today, managing to dodge All Black defence. Ankle tackles being used
NZ 3-3 France 21mins Owen Franks pinged at scrum. Jean-Marc Doussain goes for posts but misses
NZ 3-3 France 22mins France have L/O in own 22. All Blacks tackle in air & France's pen kick for touch misses
NZ 3-3 France 23mins All Blacks raring forwards as France just look on & then concede a penalty
NZ 3-3 France 24mins All Blacks over H/W before France began tackling. Carter tees up but misses
NZ 3-3 France 26mins Strange kick from Ma'a Nonu to T/L. Brice Dulin easily kicks it away from any danger
NZ 3-3 France 28mins Scrums not going that well today as a French scrum has to be reset, just inside own half
NZ 3-3 France 30mins France appearing to be better side right now as All Blacks concede another pen at scrum
NZ 3-3 France 31mins Booing reverberates around stadium as Doussain tees up. Doussain misses again
NZ 3-3 France 33mins Ball slips through Fofana's hands> All Blacks scrum- France pinged. Carter kicks for touch
NZ 3-3 France 34mins New Zealand raring forwards with T/L in sight, they send it to the corner- Ben Smith try?
NZ 3-3 France 35mins TMO seeing whether Smith went into touch or lost ball forward. Great tackle from Dulin
NZ 8-3 France 36mins Try awarded but Carter misses the conversion
NZ 8-6 France 38mins Wyatt Crockett pinged at a maul. Doussain's pen hits post but goes through
NZ 8-6 France 39mins All Blacks blasting downfield from restart. Conrad Smith bounds over T/L but ball lost
NZ 8-6 France 39mins 'No try' verdict from TMO> French scrum
NZ 8-6 France 40mins Scrum reset. Claxon goes off & ball goes into touch

NZ 8-6 France HT T: Ben Smith P: Carter | P: Doussain DG: Fritz

NZ 8-6 France HT France will be disappointed that they let All Blacks take lead after great 1st half play
NZ 8-6 France 40mins Carter KO 2nd half & All Blacks making a great start
NZ 8-6 France 41mins Poor pass to Kieran Read forces him to k/o> French scrum in own half near right touchline
NZ 8-6 France 42mins Night fever poses from France's backs as Israel Dagg's kick rolls into the dead ball zone
NZ 8-6 France 43mins New Zealand forcing France back during a blue scrum. Scrum reset & France racing forward
NZ 8-9 France 44mins High tackle on Doussain gives him chance to pick up 3 pts. His kick hits posts & goes over
NZ 8-9 France 46mins Really scrappy play as both sides k/o in a comedy or errors
NZ 8-9 France 47mins Read has blood splattered across face & Carter tees up a penalty kick at goal
NZ 11-9 France 48mins Carter's penalty goes over to give All Blacks the lead again
NZ 11-9 France 51mins Boos erupting around stadium as France are handed the L/O throw. France boot away
NZ 11-9 France 52mins All Blacks penalised for running into one of their own players? French scrum
NZ 11-9 France 52mins All Blacks penalised for running into one of their own players> French scrum
NZ 11-9 France 52mins All Blacks run into own man> French scrum. NZ t/o after scrum
NZ 11-9 France 55mins Bad kick from Doussain lands into waiting All Black arms, France off feet
NZ 14-9 France 58mins Carter tees up pen & nails it over
NZ 14-9 France 60mins Tawera Kerr-Barlow spills ball forward at ruck> French scrum in All Black's half
NZ 14-9 France 62mins New Zealand are a wall as France try to delve further in to their host's territory
NZ 14-9 France 63mins Great skill from Dulin as ball hurtles towards French 22. Only seconds to chase & kick
NZ 14-9 France 62mins 23,500 capacity crowd see France's scrum well near H/W
NZ 14-9 France 64mins Definitely France's best game of series as they hold off All Black onslaught near H/W
NZ 14-9 France 66mins Nonu making a break- quick ball but Rene Ranger falls into touch
NZ 14-9 France 69mins Dagg feeling bruised from tackle by Mathieu Bastareaud. Crowd alive as All Blacks scrum
NZ 14-9 France 70mins All Blacks 5metres away. Conrad Smith loses ball but New Zealand collect. Jersey pulling?
NZ 14-9 France 71mins Replacements coming on as France handed pen & France forming a maul near to H/W
NZ 14-9 France 71mins Nigel Owens asking whether it's yellow or more for Yoann Maestri. Suspected head butting
NZ 17-9 France 71mins Maestri spotted head butting in replay & is shown yellow. Carter thumps over penalty
NZ 17-9 France 72mins Fireworks will be going off in these final minutes of series. New Zealand replacements on
NZ 17-9 France 74mins France slipping & concede another penalty deep in All Black's half> Carter misses touch
NZ 17-9 France 75mins Great run from Charles Piutau edges the All Blacks closer to France's 22
NZ 17-9 France 77mins All Blacks owning the past 5 minutes but French defence has been better today
NZ 17-9 France 77mins Cheers from crowd as favourite Beauden Barrett comes on
NZ 22-9 France 79mins Scrum for All Blacks & are thundering forwards. Huge cheers as Barrett rolls over for try
NZ 24-9 France 80mins Crowd could not be happier as Carter sinks the conversion
RESULT: NZ 24-9 France T: Ben Smith, Barrett C: Carter P: Carter (4) | P: Doussain (2) DG: Fritz Yellow Card Maestri

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)




Week 5

British Lions 2013




Week 6

Australia CLASSIC WALLABIES vs LIONS LEGENDSBritish & Irish Lions

 North Sydney Oval, Sydney - Thursday 04 July 2013
KO: 19:00/10:00 BST HT: tba Att: tba




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