In view of the final weekend of international Tests, the cards need to be shuffled, especially as Eddie Jones waits for South Africa in London.
With the third and final Saturday of the autumn Test matches (scheduled only for the Barbarians-Samoa selection on the last weekend of November), important news is coming in from Ireland, England and Wales. Let’s start with the Greens returning from an extraordinary win over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin: Sexton’s exit 15 minutes from the end was not a technical choice. The captain and captain of the national team actually reported an ankle problem and a knee problem that would have ruled him out for at least the next six weeks, so he had to miss the match against Argentina and the first leg of the Champions Cup. Leinster. Sexton was replaced by Connach midfielder Jack Carty.
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England have two very important news, France-New Zealand will be the most important match this week, hosting South Africa on Saturday. Eddie Jones will not have two main pawns against the world champions. The absence of Owen Farrell, who was stopped by an ankle problem, is obvious. Hooker Jamie George is also out with a knee injury. In their place, Jones will be recalling Elrington and Singleton from Gloucester, and Joe Marler could be reinstated: his quarantine term ends on Friday and he will join the Prop team if the Test is negative.
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We conclude the tour across the channel by talking about Wales recalling Hooker Elliott Dee in the run-up to the match against Australia. Dee was selected again for fall tests before resolving neck disorders. Now he seems to have recovered, so he can lend a hand to his dragons on Saturday. The missing in Cardiff respond to the name of Michael Hooper: Wallaby’s stoic third-row striker will miss the final game of the year due to a foot problem.
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