Autumn Tests

  • PRL Demand £400k Medical Bill Ransom From Errant Unions

    English clubs have voted to withhold all of their Scots, Italian, Samoan and Tongan players from next month's Autumn Tests unless the unions involved settle what they claim to be £400,000 of outstanding bills for treating injuries incurred on international duty. On Sunday the SRU told Sportsmail that talks with Premiership Rugby Ltd (PRL) are ongoing, but they remain hopeful the matter will be resolved before the squad meet for their initial camp next week. A spokesman stated: 'We are in positi...

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  • Viagogo Sponsors Scotland's Autumn Internationals

    Scottish Rugby has announced that Viagogo will sponsor this year's Scotland international matches in November at Murrayfield. The matches against Japan (9 November), South Africa (17 November) and Australia (23 November) will be named the Viagogo Autumn Tests as part of a deal that also sees Viagogo become Scottish Rugby’s secondary ticketing partner for the next three years.   The firm is the world's largest ticket marketplace and claims to be able to get tickets for events "even if they a...

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  • England RL Host Kiwis In Three Tests Next Autumn

    The RFL has announced that England will host New Zealand in a three match test series in Autumn 2018. England will face the Kiwis for the first time since the narrow 16-17 loss in front of a sell-out crowd in the Four Nations 12 months ago and will be hoping for a repeat of the 2015 series, when Sean O’Loughlin led the team to a 2-1 series win. The opening game of the series will take place at the KCOM Stadium in Hull on Saturday, October 27 (14:30) then go to Anfield in Liverpool for the seco...

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  • BBC Ties Up Scotland’s Autumn Internationals

    ... pleased with the agreement and thinks it is positive that the games are going to be on terrestrial television. “Our broadcast partnerships are important to Scottish Rugby and I am delighted that the BBC will continue to be on board with us during our Autumn Tests through until 2016,” he said. “Their coverage enables us to showcase Scotland international matches at Murrayfield to a wide audience throughout the UK and is appreciated by supporters.” This year’s Autumn internationals agai...

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  • Old Mutual Sponsors England's Autumn Games

    The Rugby Football Union has agreed a four-year partnership with Old Mutual Wealth under which the UK wealth management business will become the new title sponsor of the England men’s and women’s Autumn internationals. Old Mutual Wealth has signed on as a principal partner of England Rugby with the Autumn internationals becoming the Old Mutual Wealth Series from 2016 to 2019. This is the first time England’s women team will have a title partner for their Autumn series. Old Mutual Wealth re...

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  • BBC To Broadcast Japan v Scotland Series

    The BBC has bought the rights to broadcast Scotland’s two-Test summer series against Japan next month. The matches at Toyota Stadium in Toyota City on Saturday June 18 and Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday June 25 will both kick off at 11.20am and be broadcast live and free-to-air on BBC Two Scotland and online on the BBC Sport website. Scotland’s fixtures, both of which are being staged at venues due to be used at the 2019 World Cup, are the only summer internationals involving the hom...

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  • NZ Rugby Values Lions Tests At RWC Quarter-Final Level

    New Zealand Rugby is defending its substantial prices for next year’s British and Irish Lions tour after deciding that tickets fort the Tests will range from $149 to $449 (£79 to £238). Pricing and sale details for the five-week tour were announced on Tuesday (28 June), with NZ Rugby chief executive Steve Tew acknowledging prices were well in excess of regular international and Super Rugby matches in New Zealand. Tickets for the three Tests will be available by ballot locally and range fr...

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  • BBC To Broadcast England V Kiwis Series

    The BBC has announced it has secured the rights to show the international rugby league series between England and New Zealand, airing Autumn 2018. The series sees England host the Kiwis three times in the UK with all matches playing out live on BBC TV, radio and online. The KCOM stadium in Hull will host the opener to the series as England face New Zealand on Saturday 27rd of October (2:30pm). International rugby league will return to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on Saturday 3rd of N...

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  • Rugby Park To Host Scotland v Tonga Autumn International

    The Scottish Rugby Union have announced that Rugby Park in Kilmarnock will host their Autumn international fixture with Tonga this November. The match will represent the first time a Tier One rugby nation has played on an entirely artificial surface, with the pitch at the home of Kilmarnock Football Club being relaid over the summer. The surface has passed IRB compliance and safety Tests. Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: "We are delighted to bring international rugby to Ayrshire...

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  • Parasites Plague Murrayfield Pitch

    The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has revealed that the Murrayfield pitch has been beset by parasites in the run up to this year’s Autumn internationals and that garlic is being used to combat the problem. Scotland’s Viagogo Autumn Tests begin against Japan this Saturday 9 November and the spraying of garlic is proving to be an unusual remedy for the damage caused to the grass root structure by nematodes. The Murrayfield pitch has been used for Edinburgh games in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect...

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