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November Internationals 2021: Round 4 Predictions

It was another 7 out of 8 for me in Round 3, which was the same as most people after the All Blacks were beaten by Ireland.

There are some great-looking fixtures to get stuck into this weekend as the International season comes to an end before it’s back to the United Rugby Championship next week.

Here are my November Internationals predictions for Round 4.

Scotland v Japan

I’ve been impressed with Scotland in this series, and I’m already looking forward to the Six Nations. They’ll want to finish their campaign with an emphatic win over Japan, who seem to be much easier to beat outside World Cups. Scotland by 13

Italy v Uruguay

Italy’s 16-match losing streak will come to an end here, and it will highlight the gulf between Tier 1 and Tier 2. Italy by 11

Georgia v Fiji

Fiji were somewhat unfortunate against Wales, but ultimately their indiscipline was their undoing. A cleaner performance here and they should win fairly comfortably. Fiji by 8

England v South Africa

This always creates plenty of discussion here at Superbru HQ, with our mixed team of English and South Africans. The front row will be a concern for England, with several missing players and Eddie Jones’ refusal to select Mako Vunipola, which means South Africa will expect to dominate the scrum and the rest could be insignificant. The Springboks are always in a confident mood, and the Rugby World Cup final will be the dominant memory for many fans and players, but they haven’t won at Twickenham since 2014, and it makes this match very difficult to call. England weren’t great against Australia, Owen Farrell and Jamie George are out, and my head is saying South Africa to win, but I can’t do it. England by 2

Romania v Tonga

Tonga haven’t had much fun so far, and it’s not a huge surprise given their lack of resources. I suspect Romania will be too strong for them in Bucharest, with home advantage a key factor. Romania by 5

Wales v Australia

The Wallabies were dreadful at Twickenham last week, and now face Wales without talisman Michael Hooper. Wales are struggling with injuries too, with their own captain missing, but I think they’ll win this one. Wales by 4

France v New Zealand

I think we could see a backlash from the All Blacks this week, who don’t normally take kindly to being beaten. They haven’t lost to France since the 2007 World Cup (check out this weekend’s referee on the Insights tab), and I think they could turn on the style and win comfortably. New Zealand by 9

Ireland v Argentina

There’s no stopping Ireland here after their win over the All Blacks. They’ll want to back that up with another victory here, and surely if they can beat New Zealand, they can beat Argentina too. Ireland by 13

Good luck with your own picks in Round 4.

629 caps
I think South Africa will win this one and Romania I know very little about. A bit of research required.
Good luck with your predictions.
18 Nov 22:55
2,292 caps
Well, Hutch, you may find yourself at 6 out of 9 this week. SA to win and the calls on France, Wales and Ireland are bound to go at least 2 games the other way. Good luck!
20 Nov 05:22
51,584 caps
The one Im really unsure about is Wales Australia, have Wales for home advantage but will probably change my mind before kick off.
20 Nov 05:50
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New Zealand lost to France in 2009
21 Nov 19:16
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That was a stunning weekend of rugby. Each game better than the previous. Those small margins having such an impact:- red/yellow cards and quick Whistlers. Have to ask tho - Has it been too long a Season for the South Hem ?
22 Nov 09:04
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France beating NZ takes some of the shine off Ireland's win. It must feel like fighting in The Crusades for the All Blacks. THREE MONTHS away from home, staying in hotels & bubbles in Queensland & across Europe. Their minds were already on the 24 hour plane ride home before Dublin. I picked them as a 'Hope against hope' patriotic gesture. Let's see how France or Ireland do in NZ after only being away from home for a month?
22 Nov 15:39
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Agree JP. IMHO the international rugby calendar is more than a tad too demanding, especially in these circumstances.
23 Nov 18:47