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Autumn Internationals: Talking points from week one

Fly zone: Semesa Rokoduguni dives over the line to score England's second try. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

There were wins for England, Ireland and Scotland but a defeat for Wales – we look at the big talking points from the first week of autumn Internationals


The first Saturday of autumn Internationals provided some hugely entertaining rugby, and some not so. We reflect on the games at Twickenham, Aviva Stadium, Murrayfield and Principality Stadium – and look at the key things learnt about the form of the home nations…

England 21-8 Argentina

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Closing in: Henry Slade offloads under pressure from Argentina's defence. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Ireland 38-3 South Africa

Nice touch: Andrew Conway scored the first of Ireland's four tries against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Power surge: Iain Henderson tests South Africa's defensive line. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

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Scotland 44-38 Samoa

Opening act: Samoa's players perform the Siva Tau ahead of their game with Scotland. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Sheer delight: Stuart McInally scored two tries against Samoa. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

Wales 21-29 Australia

In the clear: Kurtley Beale breaks for the decisive try against Wales. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World
Stop sign: Owen Williams halts Australia centre Samu Kerevi. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World