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2022 July Internationals: Round 1 Predictions

There is plenty to look forward to this weekend as the International Test series get underway, along with the Pacific Nations Cup, and we've thrown them all together in our July Internationals Predictor game.

The Springboks take on Wales, Australia face England, Ireland are in New Zealand and Scotland travel to Argentina. Then, we have the Pacific Nations Cup which will feature big names such as Israel Folau, Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa after the eligibility rules were changed, and that's sure to draw more interest.

With some trepidation, here are my July Internationals picks for Round 1.

Romania v Italy

This probably isn't the headline fixture of the weekend, but it's an interesting one in the context of the European pecking order. If Italy can win in Cardiff, they should be able to beat Romania. Italy by 13

Australia A v Samoa

The Samoa squad features big names such as Jordan Taufua, Chris Vui and Fritz Lee, among a host of players that turned out for Moana Pasifika in Super Rugby Pacific this season. They should give the second-string Wallabies a decent game, but you'd think those pushing for selection for a Tier 1 nation would be favourites. Australia A by 7

Fiji v Tonga

Israel Folau will feature in this fixture, alongside former All Blacks Charles Piutau and Augustine Pulu, and the new eligibility rules add real interest to the tournament. Fiji look to have the stronger squad though, and a home win looks likely. Fiji by 13

Japan v France

I think the Grand Slam champions will continue their upward trajectory towards their home World Cup next year, and they should be too strong for Japan. France by 18

New Zealand v Ireland

Can Ireland claim a first-ever victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil? Catching them cold in the first Test, with the hosts' preparations hampered by Covid, looks like the best opportunity, and I think it will be close. But it's hard to pick an away win at Eden Park... New Zealand by 4

Australia v England

England seem to be floundering at the moment, and a thrashing at Twickenham by the Barbarians won't have done much for morale. Eddie Jones might have a plan to beat Australia, but does anyone else know what that is? A Wallaby win looks the most likely in the opening Test. Australia by 6

South Africa v Wales

If England are floundering, Wales are in disarray. A defeat at home to Italy at the end of the Six Nations has left question marks over several players as well as the coach, and a visit to Loftus to face the World Champions is only going to end one way. South Africa by 16

Argentina v Scotland

Scotland are resting Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg for this tour, which seems like the right decision ahead of the long build-up to the World Cup, but it means I don't fancy their chances quite as much on this tour. Michael Cheika will want to get his reign off to a winning start, and there's more at stake for the hosts. Argentina by 8
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Pretty much agree on all counts, but think the AB's by double digits
30 Jun 10:54
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Samoan Capt "We're playing Australia eh?". Samoan Coach "No! We're playing Australia A!". Word play jokes aside, I think Samoa might surprise going by what Moana Pasifika did to The Hurricanes.
30 Jun 11:11
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One of these days I'll follow my own advice EH? Went Aus A by 12. Great game though! 8 Jul 18:06
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What a weekend of test Rugby !!!!!!!!
1 Jul 05:46
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Going to be epic. Wales by 5
1 Jul 14:37
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You cannot take much from the barbarian defeat at Twickenham,nowhere near a full squad and with Billy and Owen back in the starting 15 along side care Smith I personally still think we should still be favourites to win! ??
1 Jul 21:17
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2 Jul 08:13
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Despite what everyone sais im definitely backing England against the Wallabies
2 Jul 08:48
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You backed the wrong team... 2 Jul 20:34
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Go Wales!!!
2 Jul 09:13
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Whoopsie... 2 Jul 20:34
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England will win
2 Jul 09:42
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Wrong... 2 Jul 20:34
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Sorry Waterboks we both got our asses bruised
we both got our asses kicked

2 Jul 13:22
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Great first weekend
3 Jul 05:30
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England win
4 Jul 20:58
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France win
4 Jul 20:58
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Argentina win
4 Jul 20:59
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South America Wales draw
4 Jul 20:59
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Bring on round 2.
5 Jul 23:12