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2022 Autumn Nations Series fixtures announced!

England v Australia 2021 Autumn Internationals

2022 Autumn Nations Series fixtures have been announced!

We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Autumn Internationals have been confirmed and what a line-up it is for England and co.

England will be playing four games at Twickenham throughout November, which includes Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

These matches are significantly crucial before the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France and will be just as dramatic as the incredible 2021 season.

England beat South Africa by just one point in the final game of the season and the highlight of their fixtures. A last minute penalty kick by Marcus Smith secured a narrow 27-26 victory for England with tries from Manu Tuilagi and Freddie Steward forming a great start for the home side. But South Africa with all their experience were never out of the game as four Handre Pollard penalty kicks ensured just a 5 point lead for England at half time. Marcus Smith had the final say with his nerveless kick in the dying moments to send the Twickenham fans and England players and staff electric.

England had previously beat Australia and Tonga relatively comfortably. Check out our highlights of our Official ICON hospitality in the video below!

Our official Twickenham ICON facility | England v Australia | 2021 Autumn International

 

2022 England Autumn Nations Series Fixtures

Round 1 – 05-06 November

Round 2 – 12-13 November

Round 3 – 19-20 November

Round 4 – 25-26 November

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2021/22 Ashes Preview – What can England do down under?

England v India Lords Test 2021

Australia v England – The Ashes

It’s been a sensational year of cricket on the field in 2021, with the T20 World Cup, the inaugural Hundred 10 over tournament and some fascinating match ups against India among the highlights, but the most anticipated competition is still to come (at least for England and Australia fans) as The Ashes is back in Australia this winter.

The build up to the tournament however has been far less sensational. Covid and travel restrictions have continued to be problematic for all parties, whilst strong allegations of racist behaviour has ripped through Yorkshire and English cricket. Equality and diversity is being questioned throughout the game and will continue to dominate a lot of the headlines for the following years to come.

Australia have also been rocked by Tim Paine’s sexting scandal, resulting in the newly appointed captain stepping down just a few weeks before the first test. He replaced Steve Smith, who also stepped down due to ball tampering and the credibility of international cricket is under the microscope.

Yet the show continues to go on and both sets of players will be desperate to get out on the field and test themselves in the fiercest rivalry in cricket. It’s been an astonishing 10 years since England managed to win just one test match away from home in Australia, let alone a series as 4-0 and 5-0 drubbings have humiliated England during the last two away outings. England completely maxed out their calendar across all three formats of the game, including 12 test matches in total, winning just 4 of those 12. Depth throughout the formats is seemingly one of England’s strengths at present, but physical and mental fatigue could play a part with the gruelling task of battling against Australia over the winter ahead.

The Aussies however have hardly played any red ball cricket at all! Largely due to covid and travel restrictions, the squad will be looking to find some form quickly and could be caught cold if England are able to start strong and aggressive.

Squads

The match squads are likely to change throughout the series but the first test line ups have been announced for the crucial opener at The Gabba. Since Paine’s departure, the home sides 11 was largely predictable, with key members such as David Warner, Steven Smith, captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyan and Josh Hazlewood all included. Travis Head got the nod over Usman Khawaja in the middle order, whilst Alex Carey has come in behind the stumps. Marcus Harris will open with Warner and the Aussies will be feeling extremely confident, having not lost in Brisbane since the 1986-87 series.

The England line-up had some selection dilemma’s, which has included the exclusion of Jimmy Anderson, who is getting up to speed for the 2nd test. Burns and Hameed will have an incredibly important job opening for the visitors, with Malan, Root and the returning Stokes ready to play a vital role with the bat. Ollie Pope has made the team instead of the more experienced Jonny Bairstow, whilst arguably the best T20 batsmen in the world Jos Buttler will wicket for England.  With rain forecast, England are looking to capitalise with four quicks as Woakes, Robinson, Wood and Broad lead the charge.

England (2-2) Australia | 2019 Ashes

It feels like a lifetime ago, but England and Australia put on a real show back in the summer of 2019 as Australia more than deserved their draw to retain the Ashes.

1st Test | The away side got off to the perfect start with a win in Birmingham. Steve Smith put on a batting masterclass, aggressively scoring 144 & 142 in his two innings that never allowed England into the game. The hosts had a realistic chance to hang onto the draw at the start of the final day, but Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins ripped through the order and left England needing to look into the mirror as they game was wrapped up by tea.

2nd Test | The expected Ashes drama was ramped up in the second test at Lord’s with Australia fending off the onslaught to grab a vital draw. It was neck and neck after the first innings, but with the majority of play over and rain delays throughout, it was going to take an aggressive approach to force a result. Up stepped Ben Stokes who ramped up the pace with a quick century, allowing England to declare with just 48 overs left in the final day. Australia at 5.6 an over could have won the match but three wickets in the first 14 overs pushed Australia back and gave England a strong sniff of a win. But the Southern Hemisphere rival kept their cool and batted their way to the draw.

3rd Test | Headingley hosted one of the all time test match classics with incredible highs and lows throughout the five days, resulting in a one wicket win by England to keep them in the running to win the Ashes. A dismal 67 runs were scored by England in their first innings with Australia setting a target of 359 across both innings. For England to somehow win this bizarre contest, they would need a record 4th innings run chase. Openers Roy and Burns went for a combined 15 and the inevitable embarrassment was staring the home side right in their faces. Root and Denley sparked revival however, with 126 runs scored before the man of the match in the previous test Ben Stokes, took the game to Australia once more. Still incredibly unlikely, Stokes and 11th man Leach needed 73 runs to win and with no wickets in hand, it was deemed impossible. But Leach stayed calm, scoring 1 run while at the other end, Stokes exploded and despite numerous opportunities for Australia to seal the win in the field, he held his nerve and secured an outstanding win.

4th Test | There was no heroics from Root or Stokes in this match at Old Trafford as Australia dominated from the off, ensuring that the urn would be back down under once again. A double century in the first innings from who else but Steve Smith put Australia significantly in the driving seat and they never looked back.

5th Test | The Oval held the final match of the the 2019 Ashes and England played confidently to ensure the series ended in a draw. Jofra Archer’s relentless pace secured key wickets across the five days, resulting in a player of the match award in his first Ashes series. Steve Smith, with an sparkling 774 runs across the tournament won the player of the series and Australia avoided defeat in Britain for the first time since 2001.

Australia (4-0) England | 2017/18 Ashes

England were dispatched with ease during the 2017/18 Ashes in Australia, often dominating early in matches with the bat to force England to try and play to survive. Outside of the fourth test match in Melbourne, where England scored 491 to earn a draw, there was very little positives to take. England will be desperate to ensure that they get a win on the board early in 2021/22 to give themselves a chance of winning.

England Fixtures this Summer

The Summer of 2022 brings lot’s of great international cricket. For a chance to watch England in style this summer, please enquire through the links below.

2022 England v India ODI Series

2022 England v India T20 Series

2022 England v New Zealand Test Series

2022 England v South Africa – ODI Series

2022 England v South Africa – Test Series

2022 England v South Africa – T20 Series

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2022 Autumn Internationals Review

England v Tonga

Autumn gives us many things, Halloween, Bonfire night, dark evenings and most importantly lots of International Rugby. England’s Autumn International campaign got off to a start with a game against Tonga. This was the fourth time the pair have met in competitive games, England were expected to maintain their 100% winning record against them. This was to be the first time in a very long time that we were going to see a sold-out Twickenham. One man that was not however in attendance was Owen Farrell, The England Fly Half missed out due to a positive COVID test.

The last time the doors were open at Twickenham was March 2020, England powered to a slim victory against Wales beating them 33-30. Before the game with Tonga many Rugby fans described the feeling of having fans back at Twickenham as ‘surreal’.

The roar at Twickenham was ferocious when the players made their way onto the pitch. England knew they needed a blend of experience and professionalism along with young and upcoming talent to get the result they wanted in front of 82,000 at the home of Rugby. The National anthem bellowed around Twickenham before England’s first test this Autumn got underway.

Courtney Lawes captained the side in Farrell’s absence, giving the England side a last blast of encouragement before Tonga got proceedings underway on a brisk November afternoon. It took England only 3 minutes to get over the try line. After a quick move from England, Adam Radwan bundled his way to the corner making it 5-0. England put more points on the board after building the momentum from halfway, allowing Jamie George to spin off the back and force his way over the line. Another try scored, both being right in the corner. Henry Slade attempted another tricky conversion but failed to go between the posts. The score remained 10-0.

Tonga’s first points arrived after 20 minutes, Sonatane Takulua precisely struck a penalty which floated over the posts, Tonga were up and running. The question was how far could they run? The converted penalty provided Tonga with momentum and a slight belief. This momentum was short lived when Manu Tuilagi brushed off defenders with ease before spinning it into the path of Jonny May. May wriggled past the challenges of the Tonga defenders and managed to get the ball down in the corner. Slade added the extras with a pinpoint conversion, England 17 Tonga 3. To add salt to their wounds, Solomone Kata was sin binned shortly after for his dangerous challenge on Jonny May.

One of England’s stand out players over the last few years has been Maro Itoje, he has cemented his spot as an England regular of late. He was in support of Lawes who popped it to him after breaking the Tonga line. Itoje had the pace and power to touch the ball down and increased England’s lead by 24-3. As half time quickly approached, England found time to squeeze another try in. This time Ben Youngs was the man who slid over the line for England’s 5th try of the game. The score line was 29-3 in England’s favour going into the break, much to Eddie Jones’ satisfaction.

England went into the second half making just the one substitution. Sam Underhill departed to make way for the Harlequins youngster Alex Dombrandt. Dombrandt has been instrumental for Quins putting in some heroic performances and playing a big role in their title winning season in the Premiership.

Swing Low echoed round an excitable Twickenham as the second half got underway. As Tonga welcomed back Kata to the field after his stint in the sin bin, another was on their way there as the referee deemed Walter Fifita’s knock on to be deliberate. This seemed harsh but England did not care in the slightest.

Tonga’s afternoon went from bad to worse. Ben Youngs was in again, scoring his second try of the game and what a try it was! Youngs snatched the ball after a Tonga scrum, from there it was a clear charge which saw him over the chalk. This was becoming a rout as this put England 34-3 up. Another Quins rising talent entered the fray in Marcus Smith, he got a great reception from the Twickenham faithful. Jonny May added another to his name stretching desperately and scoring. Smith notched up the score with a successful conversion making it 41-3.

England went into the last 10 minutes in bullish form scoring three tries, all with perfect accuracy from the conversions. England had mauled Tonga in the first game of their 2021 Autumn Internationals campaign, beating them 69-3. After the match a pleased Eddie Jones expressed his delight and said that he wants his England side to be the best in the world.

England v Australia

England returned to Twickenham with a spring in their step after the thrashing of Tonga. They knew that this would be a much more challenging hurdle to overcome. COVID had struck the England side once again infecting Ellis Genge, the latest victim to be ruled out by it. Eddie Jones has a seven-match winning streak against the Wallabies dating back from 2016 to 2019. Australian coach Dave Rennie was asked about this recent record. Rennie’s response was clear and concise saying ‘History counts for nothing tonight. We’ve prepared really well and we’re going to rip into it.’

Talking done, it was time for these two Rugby heavyweights to go head-to-head. Once again, the atmosphere around Twickenham was electric. Fireworks shot up from the roof, fire balls roared into the air and Seven Nation army blared, the stage was set. Smith got the game underway, booting the ball into the dark sky.

England conceded an early penalty which somewhat dented the atmosphere. Australia’s James O’Connor squeezed his kick between the posts to earn the Wallabies an early lead. 4 minutes later the Atmosphere was back at full capacity as Freddie Steward found a gap and drove into it to find the try line. Captain Owen Farrell added the conversion, England were off the mark.

After a string of penalty conversions for both sides, it became apparent that the kickers for both teams needed to be sharp all evening. England went into half time with a slender lead over Australia, edging it 16-12. England had 65% of possession in the first half compared to Australia’s 35%.

Australia mounted the pressure on England early in the second half with a converted penalty. Only one point separated the two, nerves were high. Twickenham leaped into outrange when veteran Courtney Lawes was tip tackled by Angus Bell. The outcome of the TMO was a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, could England take advantage of the extra man?

After further penalties scored for both sides, the game was poised at 22-15 to England with 15 minutes to play. The boot of Marcus Smith had been sublime since Farrell went off injured. He had a chance to leverage England to a 10-point lead, he did so with a very competent kick. As the game was nearing a close there was to be one last piece of action. Sam Simmonds grabbed onto a loose ball and charged down the wing, he found hooker Jamie Blamire who has now scored four tests tries in a row. The referee blew his whistle on the game shortly after, England had made it 2 from 2. Eddie Jones’ side are in formidable form of late. The next game comes against South Africa, this fixture is a replay of the 2019 World Cup final. England will be seeking revenge in what will be a physically and mentally demanding fixture at Twickenham.

England v South Africa

The last time that these two sides met was in the World Cup Final in 2019, England were brushed aside by a dominant South Africa that day. This Autumn International fixture was a chance for England to show how far they have come since then. Both teams knew the challenge in front of them would be an arduous one. The national anthems got underway, England’s followed South Africa’s. The noise circulating Twickenham was deafening.

South Africa’s Handre Pollard got proceedings underway. England needed to be sharp from the off, and sharp they proved to be. It took England seven minutes to get off the mark. Marcus Smith’s excellent vision found Henry Slade on the left, Slade’s long pass ended up in the arms of Tuilagi who powered to score the first try of the game. This was huge for England and sent the fans into pandemonium. It was a tricky conversion for Smith to land as it was situated by the left touch line, he didn’t let the pressure get to him and calmly converted. It is always a danger scoring as early as that as it leaves you vulnerable for a long period of time, England knew they needed to keep the pressure on and keep chipping away at the scoreboard.

England’s try scorer Tuilagi went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. He had injured himself in the process of scoring England’s first try. Max Malins replaced Tualagi who looked absolutely devastated being forced of through injury. Shortly after the replacement, England were caught off guard by a bouncing ball which forced a knock on. South Africa had a chance to capitalize on this England error, they chose to kick at goal. Handre Pollard made no mistake with an easy kick which reduced England’s lead to four points.

England’s scrummaging was nothing short of excellent. They managed to quickly recycle the ball promptly from the scrum with Ben Youngs spinning it to Freddie Steward who couldn’t be brought down, despite the efforts from four South African’s. England had scored their second try of the game. Once again, Marcus Smith was flawless with the conversion making it 14-3 to England.

Every England player looked determined to protect this lead and did not look phased by the challenge from the world champions. You could tell that the World Cup defeat hurt this bunch of players, and this was their chance to ease some of that pain. South Africa’s scrum proved to be just as powerful as England’s, their scrum earned them a penalty advantage which gave them the opportunity at another three points. Pollard added to his tally and made the score 14-6. England got their own chance shortly after to score a penalty. Sharp shooting Smith keeps his 100% kicking record intact.

After a string of penalties for South Africa the half ended with England on top leading 17-12 and what a half it was. England played the first half without fear and showed real promise. However, the Springboks have won their last three games despite trailing at half time. The second half promised drama.

England were let off the hook early in the second half with Pollard misjudging a penalty kick. A sense of de ja vu kicked in for South Africa as they missed another penalty not long after, would this come back to haunt them? South Africa seemed to step it up a gear throughout the second half,  and looked to mount some dangerous attacks. Pollard looked to have his shooting boots on this time as he floated a penalty over the posts, leaving South Africa just two points behind a nervous looking England.

The South Africa pressure proved to intense for England and after winning a penalty, South Africa were leading the game. The score was 17-18 in the Springboks favour with 15 minutes left to play.

Not many 20-year old’s can say they have scored a try against South Africa at Twickenaham. Well, one man who now can is Sale Sharks youngster Raffi Quirke. England were on the ball with a quick line out, shifted effectively to Quirke who gleefully who dived over the try line. This put England back in control, giving them a 24-18 lead. England’s defensive discipline did not last long at all as they gave Makazole Mapimpi too much space on the left flank to place the ball over the line. England were back in a frantic state, they were one point up with ten minutes to go. The lead was then stolen from England as they gave away a cheap knock on and to their disappointment South Africa scored it.

With four minutes to play the game was poised at 14 players each side, Siya Kolisi was sin binned as referee Andrew Brace deemed his attempt to go for the ball as not genuine. England needed a moment of magic to win this game. This magic came in the form of Marcus Smith. England had won a penalty with less than a minute to go, fans cheered before the kick was even taken. Smith stepped up and dispatched the penalty sending a wave of celebration around Twickenham. England had avenged their loss of the final in Yokohama and against all odds beaten South Africa in the dying stages. A heroic performance by all.

Round up from the other Nations

Wales

Wales kicked of their Autumn Campaign with a tough test against the Springboks. The World Champions looked to get their Autumn’s off to a flyer against a Wales side with multiple new additions. It was a tame match with the only try of the game coming in the 74th minute. The two teams Fly Half’s were on terrific form with Dan Biggar kicking 6 from 6 penalties and Handre Pollard with 4 from 4. It had been eight years since South Africa had beaten Wales at the Principality Stadium.

The next opponent for Wales came in the form of Fiji. Wales knew it would be a physically demanding match. The game ended 38-23 with an unconvincing performance from Wales. Fiji were down to 14 men for the majority of the game as Sau received a red card in the 25th minute. Wales made the game very hard for themselves, Fiji played with pride, and it showed as they had nothing to lose.

The last Test Match at the Principality Stadium for Wales was against Australia. A highly intense match saw Wales edge the win 29-28. It was the 10th test win for Wales under Wayne Pivac and a good way to close their Autumn International series.

Scotland

Scotland got their Autumn matches underway at Murrayfield. The visitors were Australia. After a low scoring first half, not much changed in the second. The game ended 15-13, with the hosts coming out on top. This was Scotland’s third win in a row over Australia.

Scotland were back at Murrayfield, this time hoping to overcome South Africa. Murrayfield was packed to the rafters and a huge roar echoed around it. Scotland led 10-8 at half time but the Springboks were just too strong for Scotland in the second half, beating them 30-15.

Scotland completed their Autumn Internationals with a match up against Japan. Scotland’s scrums and mauls were dominant all afternoon. This helped them to a victory, beating the Japanese 29-20. A successful campaign through Scottish eyes.

Ireland

Ireland thrashed Japan at the Aviva stadium, they gained their first win of the Autumn beating Japan 60-5. Ireland scored eight tries compared to Japan’s one. What a start for the Irish.

Ireland stunned a well drilled New Zealand side who were the next side to visit the Aviva Stadium. The match ended 29-20 to Ireland. This was only Ireland’s third win in 33 matches against the All Blacks.

The last game at the Aviva Stadium saw Ireland host a technical Argentina side. Going into the game Ireland knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, however that’s what it turned out to be. Ireland scored seven tries to overwhelm Argentina and win the match 53-7. An unbeaten campaign for the Irish, putting them in good stead for the upcoming Six Nations.

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