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When are teams announced for Round 2 of the Autumn Nations Series?

When are teams announced for Round 2 of the Autumn Nations Series?

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A thrilling Round 1 of Autumn Nations Series action saw some of the best teams in the world clash in some high quality, and often incredibly close, encounters.

And fans do not have to wait too long to be entertained once again, with Round 2 matches less than a week away.

There are six matches to enjoy – five on Saturday, and on one Sunday – and anticipation will only build as action moves closer.

Ahead of Round 2 Autumn Nations Series action, here’s all you need to know about when each side is set to reveal their starting XVs.

Italy v Australia

After a 49-17 victory against Samoa in Padua, Italy will head to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence to host Australia this weekend.

And if this contest is like either of Australia’s two Autumn Nations Series matches so far fans will be in for a treat, with the Wallabies beating Scotland by a point and then losing to France by the same margin last Saturday.

Kieran Crowley is will announce his Italy line-up on Thursday at 10.30am local time, with Dave Rennie’s Australia announcement expected at around 12.30pm on the same day.

It will be the 19th meeting between the side and first since 2018, with all previous contests won by Australia.

Ireland v Fiji

Fresh off a narrow win over South Africa on Saturday, number-one ranked Ireland will want to build on that victory when they place Fiji at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.

Fiji will want to bounce back after tasting defeat against Scotland, though may be buoyed by a good first-half display in Edinburgh.

Andy Farrell’s squad announcement is set to be announced at 4pm on Thursday, as he looks to build momentum ahead of the World Cup next year.

Elsewhere, Vern Cotter’s Fiji line-up is also expected at around 3pm on Thursday.

England v Japan

Japan’s Autumn Nations Series exploits begin with a visit to Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, as they face former coach Eddie Jones’ England side.

England were left disappointed in a narrow loss to Argentina on Sunday, and Jones will hope his side are able to produce a strong response.

An England starting XV announcement is due on Thursday at 11.15am, while Jamie Joseph’s Brave Blossoms squad is also set to be revealed on Thursday as Japan return to Twickenham after a four-year absence.

Wales v Argentina

Michael Cheika’s Argentina will be looking to build on their 30-29 win over England when they travel to Principality Stadium to face Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

It was a first win at Twickenham in 16 years for the Pumas and they will be riding high, though Wales will want to bounce back following their loss to New Zealand.

Wayne Pivac is scheduled to name Wales’ starting XV at 12.30pm on Thursday, with Argentina’s line-up thought to be announced on Thursday also.

France v South Africa

Next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts face the reigning world champions in what is set to be a pulsating encounter at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night.

Fabien Galthie will hope his side are able to deliver a more convincing display this coming weekend after edging past Australia, while the Springboks look to bounce back from their loss in Dublin.

Galthie will announce his squad on Thursday at midday local time in Marseille.

And the Springboks are expected to name their team on Thursday as well, in what will be the first contest between the two nations since 2018.

Scotland v New Zealand

The final match of the weekend sees Scotland welcome New Zealand to BT Murrayfield for the first time in five years.

Gregor Townsend’s side were agonisingly close to starting their Autumn Nations Series campaign with victory against Australia, though recovered from a slow start to beat Fiji last Saturday.

Meanwhile, New Zealand looked in strong form as they beat Wales in an impressive display in Cardiff and will be looking for a similar performance here.

Townsend will announce his Scotland starting XV and replacements on Friday at 3pm, with a return for Finn Russell on the cards after his recall.

Ian Foster is also expected to announce his All Blacks squad on Friday, an announcement expected in the morning.

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