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When are this week’s Autumn Nations Series team announcements

When are this week’s Autumn Nations Series team announcements

Fabien Galthié France

As we prepare for the fourth and final instalment of Autumn Nations Series rugby, it is time to look at when the squads are announced for next weekend.

Scotland host Japan in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off to get things started, whilst Italy will take on Uruguay at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi at the same time.

England welcome South Africa to Twickenham in what is a repeat of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, and Wales face Australia in Cardiff, with both sides looking to end the year on a high.

In the evening kick-off, France host New Zealand in a preview of the game that will begin the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris.

And on Sunday, Ireland square off with Argentina in Dublin in the final match of the Autumn Nations Series, with both sides buoyed by victories in round three.

So here is when the line-ups for the final round will come out this week.

TUESDAY  

South Africa 

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The Springboks are set to announce their squad for their final match of a very successful 2021 at midday on Tuesday.

South Africa, who have so far defeated both Wales and Scotland in their opening two Autumn Nations Series matches are preparing for a heavyweight clash with the side they defeated in Yokohama two years ago.

It is the first time the two sides will meet since that World Cup final and South Africa will be looking to overturn their mediocre Twickenham record, not winning in London since their narrow 31-28 triumph in 2014.

THURSDAY 

Italy 

The Azzurri will be announcing their 23 to face Uruguay at 11am on Thursday.

Kieran Crowley’s reign has started with signs of promise but ultimately the Italians have been unable to put in that full 80-minute performance in their losses to New Zealand and Argentina.

Italy have defeated Uruguay in all three of their previous encounters so will be hoping to get a first win of the Autumn Nations Series.

England 

Eddie Jones will name his third and final England squad for the Autumn Nations Series at 11:30 on Thursday morning.

England have won their opening two matches of the Autumn, against Tonga and Australia, and South Africa are also unbeaten, adding form for both sides to a match that needed no further hyping up.

Revenge for the 2019 Rugby World Cup is on the line, whilst some of those England players will also be hurting from the summer’s British & Irish Lions tour defeat.

Wales 

Wayne Pivac is set to name his side for their mammoth clash with Australia at midday on Thursday.

Wales won their first match of the Autumn when defeating Fiji on Sunday and face an Australia side who have lost both their Autumn Nations Series clashes over the past fortnight.

Wales have won just two of their past 10 contests against Australia in Cardiff, but they did triumph in the most recent clash, a 9-6 victory in 2018.

France 

France are expected to name their squad for arguably the biggest match of the Autumn Nations Series, against New Zealand at the Stade de France, at Thursday lunchtime.

After defeating Argentina and Georgia so far this Autumn, they are hoping for a clean sweep with a win against the All Blacks, with all eyes in the rugby world watching.

France have never beaten New Zealand at the Stade de France in seven attempts, and their last win against the world no.1 side came in 2009 in Wellington – but this version of Les Bleus are in excellent form and will be hoping to change that this weekend.

Scotland 

Thursday afternoon is when Scotland are expected to name their side for the match against Japan on Saturday.

Scotland were left disappointed with their 30-15 defeat against South Africa last time our and they will be hoping to end their Autumn with a win against the side that effectively knocked them out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Australia 

Australia’s Autumn Nations Series comes to an end against Wales at Principality Stadium on Saturday and Dave Rennie is expected to announce his squad this Thursday.

The Wallabies are winless so far this Autumn after their Rugby Championship resurgence, and they will not want to end the Series without a victory.

Their record is excellent in Cardiff, and they will be hungry to avenge their 2019 Rugby World Cup group stage defeat.

New Zealand 

Ian Foster will likely name his side to take on France on Thursday.

New Zealand are looking to bounce back after a tough defeat in Dublin last weekend, with the match also acting as a dress rehearsal for that opener to the 2023 Rugby World Cup at the same stadium.

FRIDAY 

Ireland 

Andy Farrell will name his side to face Argentina on Friday, looking to complete their Autumn Nations Series with a third win from three.

Having defeated New Zealand last week, Ireland are in excellent form and will be buoyed by their raucous Aviva Stadium crowd.

They have won their previous two clashes with Los Pumas but won’t need reminding about their 2015 Rugby World Cup defeat, which saw them beaten in the quarter-final stage.

James Lowe celebrates after scoring the opening try with Hugo Keenan and Garry Ringrose

Argentina 

The Los Pumas squad itself will be announced on Friday too. Mario Ledesma is hoping to win back-to-back matches after a tough summer, having defeated Italy in Treviso last weekend.

Argentina have never won in Dublin against Ireland, with all of their victories coming at either the Rugby World Cup or at home, but they will be hoping to end their hoodoo this weekend.

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