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2014 End-of-year Rugby Union Tests

The 2014 end-of-year rugby tests, also known as the 2014 autumn internationals in the Northern Hemisphere, were international rugby union matches predominantly played between visiting Southern Hemisphere countries and European nations.

Brazil, Canada, Germany, Georgia, Hong Kong, Japan, Namibia, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the United States and Uruguay A all played at least one test match during the three-week international window.

Within the window, the three Pacific Island teams faced Tier 1 opposition, when Wales and France hosted Fiji, and England and Italy hosted Samoa. At the time, Italy entered the Samoa test on the back of nine consecutive losses and a 15-0 loss to Samoa in Apia in June 2014. Scotland became the first Tier 1 nation to play a Test match on a fully artificial pitch when they hosted Tonga at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, winning 37-12.

Georgia had a rare opportunity to play a Tier 1 nation in Ireland, who played The Lelos for the first time since their Pool D fixture in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Ireland became the first Tier 1 nation to play Georgia since Argentina in June 2013, and the first Six Nations team to host a European Nations Cup team since Scotland's 48-6 win over Romania during the 2006 Autumn Internationals.

The United States played host to New Zealand for the first time since 1980, though that was not an official test match. Therefore, this was the first official test match between the two in America since 1913, when the All Blacks were 51-3 victors, and the last meeting between the two nations took place during the 1991 Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks won the game 74-6 in front of a sell-out crowd at Soldier Field.

History was made in Hong Kong, when a first-ever meeting between Hong Kong and Russia took place, and in Windhoek with a first-ever meeting between Germany and Namibia on Namibian soil.

Argentina visited Scotland, Italy and France, as they tried to build upon their first Rugby Championship win. Australia traveled to Wales, Ireland, England and France, who they had beaten 3-0 in their 2014 June Test series. New Zealand played Scotland, Wales and England, who had lost 3-0 to the All Blacks in their June Test series, while South Africa competed against Ireland, England, Wales and Italy.

Following a reduced 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, the IRB organized[] matches between the Pacific island countries and North American teams at neutral venues in Europe; Tonga and Fiji played the United States, while Samoa played Canada. In addition to those, Romania hosted both Canada and the United States, while Romania and Georgia hosted Japan. Georgia also hosted Tonga for just their third meeting, the first since 1999.

Following the qualification of Namibia for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, an IRB-funded tour allowed Namibia to test themselves against higher ranked opposition; they played Canada in Colwyn Bay and Portugal in Lisbon. In preparation for a big year in Brazilian sport ahead of the introduction of Rugby sevens into the Olympic Games, Brazil hosted Uruguay and Paraguay to broaden their depth in the sport[] before their automatic participation in the 2016 competition.

Like in recent seasons, New Zealand and Australia played the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test match for the year, with New Zealand winning 29-28 with a last-minute try.

Matches

Bledisloe Cup - Third test

18 October 2014
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  28-29  New Zealand
Try: Phipps 11' c
Foley 38' m
Ashley-Cooper 42'
Con: Foley (2/3) 13', 43'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 32', 58'
White (1/1) 76'
Report[1] Try: Jane 14' c
Coles 34' m
A. Smith 68' c
Fekitoa 80'
Con: Barrett (2/3) 15', 69'
Slade (1/1) 80+1'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 53'

Notes:

  • Adam Ashley-Cooper became the sixth Australian player to earn 100 test caps, and the first to score a try in his 100th test.
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper equaled David Campese's record of 8 tries scored against the All Blacks.
  • Benn Robinson and Ben Alexander both equaled Al Baxter's 69 test caps and became the Wallabies' most-capped props.
  • During the post-match press conference, Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie announced his resignation.[3]


29 October 2014
19:00 WAST (UTC+2)
Namibia  58-20  Germany
Try: Deysel 3' m
Tromp (2) 11' c, 59' c
Kitshoff (2) 22' c, 29' c
R. De la Harpe 38' c
Forbes 43' m
Dames 47' m
Greyling 76' m
Con: Kaizemi (5/9) 12', 23', 30', 40', 61'
Pen: Kaizemi (1/2) 16'
Report[4] Try: Brenner 63' c
Armstrong 68' c
Con: Hilsenbeck (2/2) 64', 70'
Pen: Hilsenbeck (2/2) 7', 10'
Trustco United Rugby Club, Windhoek [5]
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:


1 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Barbarians 36-40  Australia
Try: Halai 14' m
Thomson 26' c
Saili 47' c
Cummins 73'
Boshoff 77' c
Con: Slade (2/3) 27', 48'
Boshoff (2/2) 74', 78'
Pen: Slade (1/1) 51'
Report Try: Carter 24' c
Robinson 30' c
Kuridrani 46' c
Horne 57' m
Foley 63' c
McMahon 66' c
Con: Cooper (3/3) 25', 31', 47'
Foley (2/3) 64', 68'

Notes:

  • Australia won the Killik Cup, after the Barbarians won it in 2013 against Fiji and England failed to reclaim it in June 2014.

1 November 2014
15:00 CDT (UTC-05)
United States  6-74  New Zealand
Pen: Siddall (2/2) 10', 17'
Report[7] Try: Harris 2' m
Jane 14' c
Tuipulotu 19' c
Williams (2) 20' c, 29' c
Piutau 25' m
Savea (2) 33' m, 78' c
Moody 45' m
Cruden 48' m
Dagg 56' c
Cane 64' c
Con: Cruden (4/9) 15', 19', 21', 29'
Carter (3/3) 57', 65', 80'
Soldier Field, Chicago [8]
Attendance: 61,500[]
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Notes:

  • The attendance for this match more than tripled the previous record crowd for an international rugby match in the U.S. of 20,181, set in June 2013 when the USA hosted Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Soldier Field, with a 61,500 capacity, was sold out a week before the match.[9]
  • The score was a record for the All Blacks against the US, surpassing their 51-3 victory in 1913.[10]
  • Augustine Pulu made his international debut for New Zealand.
  • Tim Stanfill made his international debut for the United States.

7 November 2014
19:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Canada  17-13  Namibia
Try: Dala 57' m
Pen: McRorie (4/4) 7', 12', 31', 45'
Report[11] Try: Burger 74' c
Con: Kotzé (1/1) 75'
Pen: Kotzé (2/3) 25', 32'

Notes:


8 November 2014
18:00 HKT (UTC+8)
Hong Kong  10-31  Russia
Try: Varty 74' c
Con: Hood (1/1) 75'
Pen: Hood (1/1) 9'
Report[14] Try: Otrokov 13' c
Galinovskiy 39' c
Sidrov 78' m
Con: Kushnarev (2/3) 14', 40'
Pen: Kushnarev (4/4) 3', 21', 30', 48'
Kings Park Sports Ground, Hong Kong
Referee: Akihisa Aso (Japan)

Notes:


8 November 2014
17:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  9-23  Tonga
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/4) 11', 40', 51'
Report[15] Try: Moa (2) 64' c, 70' m
Lilo 77' m
Con: Fosita (1/3) 65'
Pen: Morath (2/2) 27', 45'

Notes:


8 November 2014
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  24-13  Samoa
Try: Favaro 47' m
Parisse 65' c
Con: Haimona (1/2) 66'
Pen: Haimona (4/6) 10', 43', 54', 73'
Report[17] Try: Lam 32' c
Con: T. Pisi (1/1) 33'
Pen: T. Pisi (2/3) 26', 51'

Notes:


8 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  21-24  New Zealand
Try: May 3' m
Penalty try 79' c
Con: Ford (1/1) 79'
Pen: Farrell (3/3) 17', 21', 40'
Report[19] Try: Cruden 13' m
McCaw 45' m
Faumuina 71' m
Pen: Cruden (2/3) 23', 36'
Barrett (1/2) 65'
Twickenham, London [20]
Attendance: 82,223
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:


8 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  28-33  Australia
Try: Webb 2' c
Cuthbert 24' c
Wyn Jones 40' c
Penalty try 64' c
Con: Halfpenny (2/2) 4', 25'
Biggar (2/2) 40', 65'
Report[21] Try: Folau (2) 14' c, 20' c
Kuridrani 28' c
Con: Foley (3/3) 15', 21', 29'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 43', 56', 78'
Drop: Foley (1/1) 72'

Notes:

  • Australia retain the James Bevan Trophy.
  • Sean McMahon and Tetera Faulkner made their international debuts for Australia.
  • Australia win their 10th consecutive match over Wales, surpassing their record of 9 consecutive wins over Wales.

8 November 2014
18:30 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  17-27  United States
Try: Penalty try 46' c
Carpo 69' c
Con: Vlaicu (2/2) 47', 70'
Pen: Vlaicu (1/4) 8'
Report[23] Try: Ngwenya 3' c
T. Stanfill 29' c
Niua 66' c
Con: Siddall (3/3) 5', 30', 67'
Pen: Siddall (1/1) 40'
Drop: Petri (1/1) 58'

Notes:


8 November 2014
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
France  40-15  Fiji
Try: Thomas (3) 1' m, 53' c, 55' m
Papé 66' c
Fofana 72' c
Con: Lopez (2/4) 54', 67'
Kockott (1/1) 72'
Pen: Lopez (3/4) 7', 28', 40'
Report[24] Try: Ratini 45' m
Nagusa 80+1' c
Con: Nadolo (1/2) 80+2'
Pen: Nadolo (1/2) 43'

Notes:


8 November 2014
17:30 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  29-15  South Africa
Try: Ruddock 41' c
Bowe 71' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 42', 73'
Pen: Sexton (4/4) 8', 23', 62', 70'
Madigan (1/1) 78'
Report[26] Try: Coetzee 56' c
Pietersen 79' m
Con: Pollard (1/1) 57'
Pen: Pollard (1/2) 37'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [27]
Attendance: 51,100
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Notes:

  • Jared Payne made his international debut for Ireland.
  • This was Ireland's first win over South Africa since 2009.
  • Ireland became the first Six Nations team to beat South Africa since Scotland's 21-17 win in November 2010.

8 November 2014
17:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  41-31  Argentina
Try: R. Gray 5' c
J. Gray 22' c
Maitland 24' c
Hogg 46' c
Seymour 70' c
Con: Laidlaw (4/4) 7', 23', 26', 47'
Weir (1/1) 71'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/4) 32', 61'
Report[28] Try: Ortega Desio 1' c
Penalty try 69' c
Cubelli(2) 73' c, 79' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 2'
Hernández (3/3) 69', 74', 80'
Pen: Sánchez (1/2) 12'

Notes:



14 November 2014
17:15 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  18-20  Argentina
Pen: Haimona (5/6) 3', 14', 20', 22', 49'
Orquera (1/1) 72'
Report[30] Try: González Amorosino 39' c
De la Fuente 57' c
Con: Hernández (2/2) 39', 58'
Pen: Hernández (1/2) 11'
Sánchez (1/1) 68'

Notes:

  • Lucas Ponce and Guido Petti Pagadizábal made their international debuts for Argentina.
  • This fixture was originally scheduled for 15 November 15:00 CET kick off. But the match was brought forward by the FIR because of the bad weather expected to hit the region.[32]

14 November 2014
19:00 CET (UTC+1)
Samoa  23-13  Canada
Try: Perenise 60' c
W. Stanley 72' c
Con: M. Stanley (2/2) 61', 73'
Pen: M. Stanley (3/6) 12', 18', 30'
Report[33] Try: Trainor 70' c
Con: Pritchard (1/1) 71'
Pen: McRorie (2/2) 34', 42'

Notes:


15 November 2014
18:00 HKT (UTC+8)
Hong Kong  29-37  Russia
Try: T. McQueen (2) 15' c, 50' c
Varty 43' c
Woodward 49' m
Con: Hood (3/4) 16', 44', 51'
Pen: Hood (1/2) 34'
Report[34] Try: Galinovskiy (2) 6' c, 21' m
Artemyev 31' c
Serkov 39' m
Penalty try 61' c
Con: Gaisin (3/5) 7', 32', 62'
Pen: Gaisin (2/3) 11', 55'

Notes:

  • Russia wins the Ustinov Cup series 2-0.

15 November 2014
16:00 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  13-18  Japan
Try: Penalty try 27' c
Con: Vlaicu (1/1) 29'
Pen: Vlaicu (2/3) 17', 79'
Report[35]
(In Romanian)
Pen: Goromaru (6/6) 14', 32', 40', 45', 57', 78'

Notes:


15 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  28-31  South Africa
Try: Wilson 44' c
Morgan 47' c
Barritt 78' m
Con: Farrell (2/2) 45', 48'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 27', 35'
Ford (1/1) 67'
Report[37] Try: Serfontein 15' c
Reinach 40' c
Burger 53' m
Con: Lambie (2/3) 15', 41'
Pen: Lambie (3/4) 10', 32', 66'
Drop: Lambie (1/1) 76'
Twickenham, London [20]
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Notes:

  • Danny Care earned his 50th test cap for England.
  • With this loss, England lose their fifth consecutive match, their worst run of defeats since their 7 consecutive losses in 2006 - although four of the five were against world champions New Zealand.

15 November 2014
14:30 WET (UTC+0)
Wales  17-13  Fiji
Try: North 6' m
Cuthbert 18' m
Penalty try 36' c
Con: Priestland (1/3) 37'
Report[38] Try: Nadolo 77' c
Con: Nadolo (1/1) 78'
Pen: Nadolo (2/4) 22', 28'

Notes:


15 November 2014
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Tonga  40-12  United States
Try: Vainikolo 13' m
Ma'afu 49' c
Lilo 52' c
Halaifonua 55' m
Latu 78' c
Con: Morath (2/4) 50', 54'
Fosita (1/1) 79'
Pen: Morath (3/4) 7', 20', 27'
Report[39] Try: Stanfill 3' c
Quill 38' m
Con: Niua (1/2) 4'

Notes:

  • Sione Lea made his international debut for Tonga.

15 November 2014
17:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  16-24  New Zealand
Try: Seymour 11' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 12'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/4) 35', 45', 66'
Repot Try: Vito 9' m
Thrush 73'
Con: Slade (1/1) 74'
Pen: Carter (3/4) 26', 31', 40'
Slade (1/1) 64'

Notes:


15 November 2014
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  29-26  Australia
Try: Tillous-Borde 6' c
Thomas 28'c
Con: Lopez (2/2) 8', 29'
Pen: Lopez (4/5) 16', 43', 48', 62'
Kockott (1/1) 71'
Report[40] Try: Ashley-Cooper 34' c
Simmons 76' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 36', 76'
Pen: Foley (4/4) 10', 19', 39', 53'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis [25]
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:


16 November 2014
14:30 WET (UTC+0)
Ireland  49-7  Georgia
Try: Kilcoyne 42' c
Strauss 50' c
Zebo 61' c
Jones (2) 67' m, 71' c
Olding 73' c
Con: Madigan (5/6) 42', 51', 63', 72', 74'
Pen: Madigan (3/4) 11', 16', 40'
Report[41] Try: Nemsadze 56' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 56'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [16][27]
Attendance: 40,156
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Notes:


21 November 2014
19:00 CET (UTC+1)
Fiji  20-14  United States
Try: Nagusa 26' c
Votu (2) 29' m, 49' m
Con: Nadolo (1/3) 27'
Pen: Nadolo (1/1) 10'
Report[42] Try: Kelly 41' c
Ngwenya 58' c
Con: McLean (2/2) 42', 58'

Notes:


22 November 2014
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  6-22  South Africa
Pen: Haimona (2/4) 11', 40'
Report[43] Try: Oosthuizen 21' m
Reinach 58'
Habana 79' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 59', 80'
Pen: Lambie (1/1) 15'
Stadio Euganeo, Padua [44]
Attendance: 24,500
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:


22 November 2014
12:15 BRST (UTC-2)
Brazil  6-25 Uruguay Charrúas XV
Pen: Rodox (1/3) 26'
Drop: Di Pilla (1/1) 11'
Report[45] Try: Ardao (2) 13' m, 38' m
Soto (2) 20' m, 48' m
Silva 68' m

22 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  37-12  Tonga
Try: Cowan 14' c
Hogg 32' c
Dunbar 47' m
Cross 67' c
Seymour 75' m
Con: Laidlaw (3/4) 15', 33', 67'
Pen: Laidlaw (2/2) 53', 64'
Report[47] Pen: Fosita (4/5) 9', 20', 22', 27'
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock [48]
Attendance: 16,026
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

22 November 2014
16:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  26-23  Australia
Try: Zebo 11' c
Bowe 14' c
Con: Sexton (2/2) 12', 15'
Pen: Sexton (4/5) 5', 40', 45', 63'
Report[49] Try: Phipps (2) 17' c, 30' m
Foley 22' m
Con: Foley (1/3) 18'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 36', 48'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin [27]
Attendance: 51,100
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Ireland reclaim the Lansdowne Cup for the first time since 2006.
  • Henry Speight made his international debut for Australia.
  • With this win, Ireland earn their first Autumn series clean-sweep, since their 2006 Autumn series campaign.

22 November 2014
16:30 WET (UTC+0)
Portugal  29-20  Namibia
Try: Lima 11' c
Almeida 38' m
Ávila (2) 43' c, 70' c
Con: Girão (3/4) 12', 44', 72'
Pen: Girão (1/1) 52'
Report[50] Try: Van Jaarsveld 24' c
Tromp 78' c
Con: Kotzé (2/2) 26', 79'
Pen: Kotzé (2/3) 5', 20'

22 November 2014
18:30 EET (UTC+2)
Romania  18-9  Canada
Pen: Vlaicu (6/7) 28', 37', 50', 54', 60', 73'
Report[52] Pen: Pritchard (2/3) 5', 57'
McRorie (1/2) 47'

22 November 2014
17:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  16-34  New Zealand
Try: Webb 45' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 45'
Pen: Halfpenny (3/3) 6', 51', 67'
Report[53] Try: Savea 42' c
Kaino 63' m
Barrett (2) 69' c, 76' m
Read 72' c
Con: Barrett (1/2) 43'
Slade (2/3) 70', 73'
Pen: Barrett (1/2) 22'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [22]
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:


22 November 2014
19:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England  28-9  Samoa
Try: May (2) 19' c, 52' m
Brown 45' c
Con: Ford (2/3) 20', 46'
Pen: Ford (3/4) 17', 26', 41'
Report[54] Pen: T. Pisi (3/4) 3', 23', 49'
Twickenham, London [20]
Attendance: 82,076
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

22 November 2014
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  13-18  Argentina
Try: Fofana 56' c
Con: Lopez (1/1) 58'
Pen: Lopez (1/3) 36'
Kockott (1/2) 63'
Report[55] Pen: Sánchez (2/4) 1', 25'
Drop: Sánchez (3/3) 16', 29', 45'
Hernández (1/2) 27'

Notes:


23 November 2014
17:00 GET (UTC+4)
Georgia  35-24  Japan
Try: Mamukashvili 12' m
Penalty try 22' c
Kvirikashvili 38' m
Khmaladze 53' m
Tsiklauri 75' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/5) 26', 76'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 52', 72'
Report[56] Try: Hesketh (2) 29' c, 67' c
Tatekawa 78' c
Con: Goromaru (3/3) 34', 68', 79'
Pen: Goromaru (1/1) 27'

Notes:

  • Giorgi Aptsiauri made his international debut for Georgia.
  • This was Georgia's first ever win over Japan in two attempts.



29 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
England  26-17  Australia
Try: Morgan (2) 28' c, 56' c
Con: Ford (2/2) 29', 57'
Pen: Ford (4/6) 6', 12', 63', 76'
Report[58] Try: Foley 44' c
Skelton 59' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 45'
Cooper (1/1) 60'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 3'
Twickenham, London [20]
Attendance: 82,044
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Notes:


29 November 2014
14:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  12-6  South Africa
Pen: Halfpenny (4/5) 3', 47', 52', 56'
Report[59] Pen: Lambie (2/3) 9', 50'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [22]
Attendance: 58,225
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)