International Rugby: Fixtures and results for 16 June 2018

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Who needs Super Rugby when you’ve got a jam-packed weekend of international rugby to look forward to, eh?

We know there’s a World Cup on the go, but surely you’ve learned to multi-watch by now, sports fans?

All times below are SAST.

Japan 22-25 Italy

Italy completed a nail-biting 25-22 away win over Japan on Saturday to tie their two-test series against the 2019 World Cup hosts.

The Italians attacked with real purpose in Kobe after being humbled 34-17 by the Brave Blossoms last weekend, but needed two clutch penalties from fly-half Tommaso Allan to repel a furious late Japan fightback.

New Zealand 26-13 France

France fought to the bitter end. With the score 21-6 at half-time, the men in blue clawed their way back to salvage something. More to follow…

Australia vs Ireland

The Wallabies are prepared for a sterner contest from Ireland with adverse weather conditions expected for the pivotal second Test in Melbourne, skipper Michael Hooper said Friday.

There is a forecast for hail during Saturday’s international with the Six Nations champions needing to win to keep the three-Test series alive after losing the first Brisbane Test 18-9 last week.

Hooper, who with fellow flanker David Pocock did much to negate the Irish ball in the rucks and mauls in Brisbane, said he was expecting Ireland to bounce back strongly in Melbourne after their first defeat in 13 Tests.

Irish coach Joe Schmidt has reacted to the first Test loss by making eight changes, including the significant return of experienced duo Johnny Sexton and Cian Healy.

Kick off: 12:00

South Africa vs England

It’s a do-or-die clash for Eddie Jones’ men while the Boks can seal the series with a game still to play. South Africa showed promising signs of revival in the first Test in Ellis Park last Saturday. Can they continue this trend? Read our full preview here.

Kick off: 17:05

Argentina vs Wales

Opportunity knocks for several Wales fringe players in Santa Fe Saturday as the tourists seek to complete a perfect Americas adventure by defeating Argentina a second time.

Centre Owen Watkin and scrum-half Aled Davies are among the players keen to impress coach Warren Gatland as he continues to experiment.

Many coaches basking in the glory of a 23-10 triumph over Argentina in San Juan last weekend would have given a vote of confidence to the 15 starters.

Kick off: 21:40

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