For sports fans, the off-season always drags in and it can feel like years ago since you last had an excuse to pull on that shirt and head down to the nearest pub. Luckily for rugby fans, the summer is broken up with the summer international series between northern and southern hemisphere teams.
29th May 2016: England 27-13 Wales
11th June 2016: Australia 28-39 England
18th June 2016: Australia 7-23 England
This year sees Six Nations champions England take on the Australians and so far it’s looking good for the English. Having won the Grand Slam in the 2016 Six Nations tournament, England have continued their good form remaining unbeaten against rivals Wales and then the Australians in the two games of the test so far. Things are certainly looking up for the English following disappointing performances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup where they didn’t make it out of the group stages. Since the appointment of Eddie Jones as head coach, it seems that the winning mentality has returned and as a result the team have now climbed back to second in the world. Will they continue their good form into Saturday’s game?
11th June 2016: New Zealand 39-21 Wales
18th June 2016: New Zealand 36-22 Wales
After failing to overcome England in the Six Nations this year, Wales will be relatively pleased with their performance so far against the World Cup champions, New Zealand. Many won’t be expecting the third test to be any different, given that the Welsh haven’t beaten the All Blacks since 1953!
11th June 2016: South Africa 20-26 Ireland
18th June 2016: South Africa 32-26 Ireland
Disappointment is probably the only way to summarise the feelings of Irish fans after last week’s game against South Africa. Leading 26-10 at half time, the visitors managed to let it slip to lose 32-26 to the Springboks. Ireland won the first match comfortably, despite some questionable referee decisions, but the second match was bound to be a shock to the team.
18th June 2016: Japan 13-26 Scotland
The big news at the minute in the Scottish camp is the return of captain Henry Pyrgos who missed out on this year’s Six Nations competition because of a wrist injury. Stalwart hooker Ross Ford will also seemingly have to wait to pick up his century of caps after missing last weekend’s victory due to an injury. While a test win against Japan is a decent start for the Scots, they’ll be looking to pick up on their form before the Autumn internationals and that crucial rematch against Australia!
Upcoming Fixtures on 25th June 2016:
New Zealand vs. Wales @ 0835
Australia vs. England @ 1100
Japan vs. Scotland @ 1120
South Africa vs. Ireland @1600
If you missed out on tickets for the summer internationals, keep an eye on our website for our Autumn Rugby International ticket packages. With each of the home nations taking on some of the top names in international rugby, it will be a great chance to see live rugby while cheering on your team! Alternatively, see competitive rugby with our Six Nations packages which are online now. All of our packages include hotel accommodation and match tickets so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the host city!