Here we go – a real autumn weekend.
The window is open, the wind whistles and the All Blacks are in Europe. There are games this weekend to make your mouth water, with England vs New Zealand, Wales vs Australia and Ireland versus Argentina as highlights.
But with more you might all be in a tizz – so here is Scrum & # 39; s the Word that will guide you through the action.
NEWS FROM THE ROUND THE NATIONS
If Kylian Mbappe took a train from London Waterloo to Teddington – why would not he – then you would probably expect a circus.
Selfies a lot, viral on social media, debates about a humourous person (but if he was not in a private car!), General madness.
Another sport, another awesome talent from the best team in the world that hardly recalls the nineties, but did not make an eye-catch.
Rieko Ioane was spotted on a south-westerly railway train earlier this week
Scrum is the spy of the Word – oh yes we have some, look out – saw All Black's winger Rieko Ioane come out on a South Western Railway to the burbs last weekend.
The 21-year-old, who scored 22 attempts in 21 tests and can ride at speeds of up to 23 km / h, only had a few Selfridges shopping bags and traveled back to the training base of New York City after traveling to the city. Zealand.
And nobody knew who "swaggy Series" (as he called himself, according to Lima Sopoaga) was – or at least, if they did, they let him carry on with it. It would be nice if we had a picture here to show that it happened, but nobody took one.
The New Zealand wing hopes for steamships can not be the defense of England at Twickenham
CHEIK HIM OUT
Australia coach Michael Cheika was in glorious tongue-in-cheek form on Thursday.
His party won 13 in a row against Wales, but the hosts on Saturday are favorites with every bookmaker.
Wales never likes to be labeled as favorites, but Cheika was more than happy to discuss the Warren Gatland men – with small restrictions.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has stated that Wales are the favorites on Saturday
"Wales has had a few victories in a row and is among the third in the world, which is really good for them. They are in top shape and it is up to us to show how we play the game.
& # 39; I've always had a big hit in Wales, even when I was coaching Leinster. They were always very competitive across the board.
& # 39; Gatland is one of the best coaches in the world and has had success with the Lions and Wales. He has a very well organized, well drilled team and that is why they are in the position they are in. It is a great opportunity for us to take their scalp.
We have a great deal of respect for Wales and you have seen the run on which they are located and where they are on the world rankings. That shows their quality.
& # 39; We do not mind running like an underdog, do not worry about us. We will enjoy that status, not that I am a gambling player, and go to Cardiff, where we like to play in the great atmosphere there. We look forward to it. & # 39; Talk about murder with kindness.
The side of Cheika has won 13 in a row against Wales for the meeting with the Principality of the Principality
The official press release announcing the Fiji team was excited because we wanted to see the islanders playing in Europe again.
John McKee named a FIERCE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians line-up to take on Saturday at Murrayfield Stadium. & # 39; Then click through and it's a Fierce, Fast and Fiery & # 39; team. They are not wrong.
Leone Nakarawa, Peceli Yato, Viliame Mata, Ben Volavola, Vereniki Goneva and Semi Radrada are all there.
Looking at that fate, Scotland can find another, shorter word starting with an F on Murrayfield.
Fiji hopes to get upset when they face Murrayfield opposite Scotland on Saturday
THAT IS LARMOUR, EH!?
Idea for a new song – young Jordan needs one.
& # 39; When the man flies in the green,
& # 39; And his steps make you cry,
& # 39; That's Larmour, eh!
& # 39; If his passes are neat,
& # 39; And there are sparks at his feet,
& # 39; That's Larmour, eh! & # 39;
Sportsmail & # 39; s Scrum the Word has devised a song for Ireland-flyer Jordan Larmour (right)
ITALY FEELING BLUE?
Well then. We have asked this game for centuries – now it is here. Italy versus Georgia is under way.
Every year for the last five or so there has been a debate about whether Italy – who could open a (albeit limited) kitchen utensil with all wooden spoons – should fight for their place in the Six Nations.
And when it comes to mind, we are the ones we always refer to as the one that replaces them. We have asked for a knockout game, promotion and relegation and the bodies of the Six Nations have always ridiculed our suggestions.
Meritocracy? We will see.
It's not really the game we're waiting for, and a one-off game is probably not as instructive as Georgia would cut it at the top table, but if they win against the Azzurri … oh Nelly, we have a debate about our hands .
Their scrum is now being coached by Graham Rowntree – but they are not just a big pack, they have really talented backs in Soso Matiashvili with full back and scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze.
So they could win it easily and allow the world to sit upright – and notice again.
Go on Georgia. You have been cut out and your hair has been ruffed for too long. Let's see what we miss.
THE WORLD IN THE UNION
Good to see that all referees and (Tier One) coaches meet at the Lensbury club in Teddington, in south-west London this week.
It made for an interesting photo (who knew that referees Angus Gardner and Jerome Garces share the same glasses?) What are Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones and Andy Farrell making jokes?) It was designed to crush the top together. ghosts in sport prior to the coming internationals – and clarify some guidelines.
A tweak they made for autumn – which we mentioned earlier – is to reduce & # 39; continuous & # 39; chat between the referee and TMO (we think that was the best), but the most interesting quote was this.
& # 39; After an overview of recent matches, including those outside the window last weekend, match officials were reminded of their obligations in penalizing illegal no-arms tackles, high tackles and charging with the forearm or elbow, while the international federation reinforced its involvement with the evidence. based on head injury prevention.
Oo, we wonder who they are talking about!
SCRUM SOAPBOX – NO PLACE FOR PROP IDOLS
Who is the best player in the world?
We are asked this, sorry, we hear this every year around this time. & # 39; Here are your nominees for World Rugby Men & # 39; s 15s Player of the Year. & # 39; Eighteen years after the presentation of this gong nothing has changed.
No props were nominated for the eighteenth year in a row.
Some rowers have been in front already (Steve Thompson, 2003), (Dane Coles, 2016) and one has won (Keith Wood, 2001) but it has always been hookers.
Ireland-prop Tadhg Furlong (right) must be recognized as the best player in the world
Sometimes that was understandable – but this year, and in fact the last two, it makes the list appear.
Tadhg Furlong is the best rugby player in the world. Please, we said it.
He has not only changed his position, he has changed the game.
A beast of a scrummager who can show in the outer channels like Beauden Barrett, steps as Shane Williams and passes as Jonny Wilkinson; he is the perfect modern future.
Never before was a player wearing No 3 on his back so talented in all facets of the game. Some are clumsy props – nobody has that with guile, like Furlong.
He is also a Six Nations Grand Slam winner, European Cup winner, Pro14 champion and was part of the 2-1 series victory against Australia. That defeat in Brisbane will probably be the only one of the year in Ireland and Furlong has been the core of everything.
Beauden Barrett – clearly nominated – did not have his best year. Yes, OK, he scored four against Australia, but his kicks have recently cost the All Blacks with their rare slip-ups.
Beauden Barrett is again nominated for World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year
Faf de Klerk and Malcolm Marx have been real revelations, but have not brought Sale or the lions to the top of the piles. Furlong is dominant and a champion for province and country.
Rieko Ioane has clearly been brilliant with 11 attempts in eight tests. He deserves his place.
The only player who can hold a candle at Furlong this year is Johnny Sexton. His drop-goaling, recommending, driving and winning was great this season.
He is the Scrum & # 39; s Word choice from the nominees who have been forced on us – but Furlong is the real winner in 2018. Maybe we should have our own fancy dinner and award ceremony?
100 TEST wins for Kieran Lees or New Zealand on Saturday-Saturday beats – he is just one of two players in the All Blacks XV who has lost more than 10 tests. He was defeated 13 times in 115 Tests, Owen Franks 11 in 104. Only Sam Whitelock (9) and Aaron Smith (7) of the rest of the 23 needed two hands to count their test defeats.
2008 The last time Wales defeated Australia. At that time Gordon Brown was the prime minister and we did not know what Uber, Twitter or Instagram were.
2 DEFEATS in Scottish history to Fiji. Both arrived in Suva – the last in 2017 where the Scots 27-22 lost during their tour of the Pacific. They have won the other five tests between the sides.
1,603 DAYS since Ashton's last test starts on June 21, 2014 versus New Zealand in Hamilton. His last test was the week before, in Dunedin against the All Blacks.
2 YEARS since Dublin's last loss in Dublin. They won nine in a row at the Aviva, which had lost 21-9 there last November in New Zealand.
Chris Ashton will start his first test in 1,603 days when he plays in New Zealand on Saturday
TEST CONTEST GUIDES
ITALY versus GEORGIA (Stadio Atemio Franchi; Saturday 13.00)
ITALY: Sperandio; Benvenuti, Campagnaro, Castello, Bellini; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Ghiraldini, Ferrari, Zanni, Budd, Negri, Polledri, Steyn.
GEORGIA: Matiashvili; Koshadze, Sharikadze, Mchedlidze, Dzneladze; Khmaladze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Bregvadze, Kubriashvili, Tcheishvili, Lomidze, Giorgadze, Tsutskieidze, Gorgadze.
Prediction: Georgia – oh then go, that would be the cat between the pigeons can explain, right?
SCOTLAND vs FIJI (Murrayfield, Saturday 2.30 pm, LIVE: BBC 1 from 2 PM)
SCOTLAND: Hogg; Seymour, Dunbar, P Horne, Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, Brown, Nel, Skinner, Gilchrist, Wilson, Ritchie, M Fagerson.
Fiji: Tuicuvu; Talebula, Radrada, Vatubua, Goneva; Volavola, Lomani; Mon & # 39; afu, Matavesi, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Yato, Mata.
Prediction: Scotland – Fiji has so much talent, but Scotland scores six attempts and wins.
ENGLAND / NEW ZEALAND (Twickenham Saturday, 3 pm LIVE Sky Sports Main Event from 2.30 pm)
ENGLAND: Daly; May, Slade, Te & # 39; o, May; Farrell, Youngs, Moon, Hartley, Sinckler, Itoje, Cross, Shields, Underhill, Wilson.
NEW ZEALAND: McKenzie; B Smith, Goodhue, SB Williams, Ioane; Barrett, A Smith; Tu & # 39; inukuafe, Taylor, Franks, Whitelock, Retallick, Squire, Savea, Read.
Prediction: New Zealand – too much to see England win. They are not ready yet.
WALES against AUSTRALIA (Cardiff, Saturday 17.20, LIVE: BBC 2 from 5 pm)
WALES: Halfpenny; North, J Davies, Parkes, Adams; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Owens, Francis, Beard, AW Jones, Lydiate, Tipuric, Moriarty.
AUSTRALIA: Haylett-Petty; Folau, Kerevi, Beale, Naivalu; Foley, Genia; Sio, Latu, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Coleman, Dempsey, Hooper, Pocock.
Prediction: Wales – she should certainly do that.
IRELAND versus ARGENTINA (Dublin; Saturday 6.30 pm; LIVE: Channel 4 from 6 pm)
IERLAND: Larmour; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Marmion; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, J Ryan, O & # 39; Mahony, O & # 39; Brien, Stander.
ARGENTINA: Bofelli; Delguy, Orlando, De la Fuente, Moyano; Sanchez, Cubelli; Garcia Botta, Creevy, Medrano, Alemanno, Lavanini, Matera, Petti, Desio.
FRANCE / SOUTH AFRICA (Paris, Saturday 8.05 am, LIVE: Premier Sports)
FRANCE: Medard; Thomas, Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Penaud; Lopez, Serin; Poirot, Guirado, Gomes Sa, Vahaamahina, Maestri, Lauret, Iturria, Picamoles.
SOUTH AFRICA: le Roux; Nkosi, Kriel, De Allende, Dyantyi; Pollard, the Clerk; Kitshoff, Marx, Malherbe, du Toit, Mostert, Kolisi, Vermeulen, Whiteley.
Prediction: France (?) – So hard to say, so forgive us if we're wrong, okay?