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Saturday, November 18, 2017

5 Raptors feature for Eagles today, plus



A fine Saturday morning tryple [sic] for Autumn Tests this RugbyDay:
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England (2) v (3) Australia: Owen Farrell’s back; Mario Itoje’s back, though he’ll come off the bench. And the electric Anthony Watson fills the 15 shirt. England, to a man, will be keen to prove impressive with a substantial triumph today at Twickenham. Australia went well against Wales at the Old Millenium last week and captain Michael Hooper, a mature halfback pairing of Will Genia and Bernie Foley, and the rest of Wallabies nation will look to do an extraordinary double – sans Israel Folau… I know! but he’s got a date, evidently – England have not lost to Australia since their ill-fated, 2015 RWC campaign, and have won the last four engagements (three of them Down Under), so look for England to make it a handful in a big way unless they don’t, which I’m thinking will occur: Australia 27, England 24… hah!
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Germany (22) v (17) United States of America: Eagles feature a trio of Glendale Raptors: halfback Shaun Davies; blindside flanker, Ben Landry; and inside center, Bryce Campbell on the starting XV; in addition, a pair of Raptors will be coming off the bench – backrowman John Quill and standoff, Will Magie. USA will like to win this ahead of their showdown next week in Tbilisi v Georgia, while Germany will like to make it a brace of “teen” scalps in a bit more than a fortnight after their thrilling 41-38 victory over Romania (formerly #15 at World Rugby’s table) the beginning of the month: USA 35, Germany 15

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France (8) v (5) South Africa: this’ll be the dandy of the day; and look for three critical battle fronts: Mtawarira v Slimani in the first row; Picamoles v Vermeulen from the back row; and Etzebeth v Everyone all over the show. This’ll be lively and physical with form and flair what promises to become stuff of legend: South Africa, 51, France 50.


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