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2014 Mid-year Rugby Union Tests

The 2014 mid-year rugby union internationals (also known as the summer internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) were international rugby union matches mostly played in the Southern Hemisphere during the June international window.

These matches were part of the International Rugby Board (IRB) global rugby calendar (2012-19) that includes test matches between touring Northern Hemisphere nations and home Southern Hemisphere nations, whilst some of the touring teams played mid-week matches against provincial or regional sides. In addition to this, the calendar gave Tier 2 nations the opportunity to host Tier 1 nations outside the November international window leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

All Six Nations teams were in action, with England playing a three-test series against New Zealand, whilst playing a mid-week match against the Crusaders. France played Australia in a three-test series, whilst Italy played Fiji, Samoa and Japan. Wales played South Africa in a two-test series, with an additional mid-week match against the Eastern Province Kings, and Ireland played Argentina in a two-test series. Scotland, the only nation that played four tests, visited the Americas, playing the United States, Canada and Argentina, before playing South Africa outside the IRB international window. Unlike previous June windows, 2014 saw Tier 3 fixtures with Uruguay hosting Canadian side BC Bears, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the British Columbia Rugby Union. It also acted as a preparation match for Uruguay, ahead of their 2015 Rugby World Cup Repechage play-offs in August against Hong Kong.

Tonga played a test match against a Pacific Barbarians side in Auckland to fill a shortfall in their international calendar leading into the World Cup.[1]

Overview

Series

Other tours

Team/Tour Opponents
Italy tour  Fiji (lost) -  Japan - (lost)  Samoa (lost)
Scotland tour  Argentina (won) -  Canada (won) -  South Africa (lost) -  United States (won)

Fixtures

30 May-1 June

30 May 2014
19:05 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  33-14  Samoa
Try: Fujita (2) 11' c, 25' c
Matsushima 70' c
Con: Goromaru (3/3) 12', 26', 71
Pen: Goromaru (4/4) 15', 40', 41', 67'
Report[2] Try: Otto 6' c
Va'aulu 42' c
Con: Fa'apale (2/2) 7', 42'

Notes:


31 May 2014
16:00 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  40-0 South American XV
Try: Cordero 19' c
Tuculet 38' c
González Iglesias 58' m
Postiglioni (2) 66' c, 71' c
Montero 75' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 20', 39'
González Iglesias (3/4) 67', 71', 76'
Report[4]
(In Spanish)
Santo Tomé, Santa Fe [5]
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)

1 June 2014
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  29-39 Barbarians
Try: Ewers 11' c
Sharples 23' m
Slade 55' m
Con: Slade (1/2) 13'
Pen: Daly (1/1) 21'
Slade (3/3) 36', 61', 67'
Report[6] Try: Stanley 17' c
Hernández 26' c
Gorgodze 45' c
Gear (2) 63' c, 76' m
Con: James (3/3) 18', 28', 46'
Trinh-Duc (1/2) 64'
Pen: James (1/1) 51'
Trinh-Duc (1/1) 58'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 50,498
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Notes:

  • Jon Callard coached England, with Lancaster in New Zealand with the touring 30-man squad.[7]
  • This was the Barbarians first back to back win since their back to back wins over England and Wales in 2011, which was the last time the Baa Baas beat England.

7 June

7 June 2014
15:10 FJT (UTC+12)
Fiji  25-14  Italy
Try: Nadolo 19' m
Waqaniburotu 60' c
Nalaga 78' c
Con: Ralulu (1/2) 61'
Nadolo (1/1) 79'
Pen: Nadolo (2/2) 66', 71'
Report[8]
(In Italian)
Try: Penalty try (2) 10' c, 76' c
Con: Orquera (2/2) 10', 77'
ANZ National Stadium, Suva [9]
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Notes:


7 June 2014
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  20-15  England
Try: C. Smith 77' m
Pen: Cruden (5/5) 9', 24', 38', 66', 70'
Report[10] Pen: Burns (4/4) 2', 18', 21', 63'
Cipriani (1/1) 73'
Eden Park, Auckland [11]
Attendance: 47,195
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Notes:

  • Malakai Fekitoa and TJ Perenara made their international debuts for New Zealand.
  • Chris Pennell and Joe Gray made their international debuts for England.
  • With this win, New Zealand win 31 consecutive home matches, a world record by a test team.

7 June 2014
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  50-23  France
Try: Folau 18' c
Ashley-Cooper 23' m
Hooper 32' c
Toomua 38' c
Cummins 55' c
Beale 67' c
McCabe 70' c
Con: Foley (6/7) 20', 32', 39', 57', 68', 71'
Pen: Foley (1/2) 3'
Report[12] Try: Parra 72' c
Penalty try 80' c
Con: Michalak (2/2) 73', 80'
Pen: Michalak (2/2) 26', 36'
Drop: Michalak (1/1) 4'

Notes:


7 June 2014
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  47-13 World XV
Try: Habana 16' m
Botha 32' c
B. Du Plessis (2) 48' m, 58' c
Goosen 77' c
Le Roux 79' c
Con: M. Steyn (2/4) 33', 59'
Goosen (2/2) 78', 79'
Pen: M. Steyn (3/3) 16', 30', 44'
Report[14] Try: Hargreaves 5' c
Con: O'Connor (1/1) 5'
Pen: O'Connor (2/2) 23', 40'
Newlands, Cape Town [15]
Attendance: 31,500
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

7 June 2014
15:40 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  17-29  Ireland
Try: Montero 30' c
De la Vega 78' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 31'
González Iglesias (1/1) 79'
Pen: Sánchez (1/2) 26'
Report[16] Try: Henry 34' m
Sexton 42' m
Trimble 57' c
Con: Sexton (1/3) 58'
Pen: Sexton (2/2) 9', 18'
Madigan (2/2) 67', 70'

Notes:


7 June 2014
19:30 CDT (UTC-05)
United States  6-24  Scotland
Pen: Wyles (2/3) 11', 51'
Report[18] Try: Visser 15' c
Penalty try 30' c
Hogg 66' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/3) 16', 31', 67'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 6'

Notes:

14 June

14 June 2014
14:00 WST (UTC+13)
Samoa  15-0  Italy
Pen: T. Pisi (5/7) 10', 24', 30', 47', 69'
Report[20]
(In Italian)
Apia Park, Apia [9]
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Notes:


14 June 2014
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  28-27  England
Try: B. Smith 43' c
Savea 49' m
Nonu 63' c
Con: Cruden (1/2) 44'
Barrett (1/1) 65'
Pen: Cruden (2/3) 11', 40'
Barrett (1/2) 59'
Report[21] Try: Yarde 7' c
Brown 71' c
Ashton 80' c
Con: Farrell (3/3) 8', 71', 80'
Pen: Farrell (2/3) 2', 47'

Notes:


14 June 2014
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  6-0  France
Pen: White (1/4) 64'
Foley (1/1) 52'
Report[22]
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne [13]
Attendance: 27,189
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Notes:

  • James Horwill earned his 50th test cap for Australia.
  • Nathan Charles, Luke Jones and Laurie Weeks made their international debuts for Australia.
  • Alexandre Menini made his international debut for France.
  • Australia reclaim the Trophée des Bicentenaires for the first time since 2010, after losing it in 2012.
  • This was the first time France has failed to score any points against Australia, in the 44 meetings between the two teams.
  • Fewest points in an Australian win since their 6-3 win over New Zealand in 1958, and first Australian win without a try since their 21-13 win over Wales in 2001.

14 June 2014
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  38-16  Wales
Try: Habana (2) 6' c, 20' c
Vermeulen 15' c
Le Roux 37' c
Hendricks 51' c
Con: Steyn (5/5) 7', 17', 21', 38', 52'
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 44'
Report[23] Try: Cuthbert 68' c
Con: Hook (1/1) 69'
Pen: Biggar (1/1) 40'
Drop: Biggar (2/2) 2', 19'

Notes:


14 June 2014
14:10 EDT (UTC-04)
Canada  17-19  Scotland
Try: Hassler 22' m
Con: Pritchard (0/1)
Pen: Pritchard (4/5) 20', 43', 51', 70'
Report[24] Try: Gilchrist 27' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 28'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 2', 38', 71'
Hogg (1/1) 60'
BMO Field, Toronto [19][25]
Attendance: 18,788
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Notes:


14 June 2014
15:40 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  17-23  Ireland
Try: Tuculet 24' c
González Amorosino 79' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 25'
González Iglesias (1/1) 79'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 16'
Report[26] Try: Zebo 50' c
Madigan 72' c
Con: Sexton (1/1) 51'
Madigan (1/1) 73'
Pen: Sexton (3/5) 4', 9', 31'

Notes:


17-22 June

17 June 2014
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
Crusaders New Zealand 7-38  England
Try: Todd 21' c
Con: Taylor (1/1) 23'
Report[27] Try: Gray 1' c
Foden 6' m
Barritt 28' c
Goode 33' c
Watson 58' c
Pennell 80' m
Con: Cipriani (3/4) 2', 30', 35'
Myler (1/2) 59'
AMI Stadium, Christchurch [11]
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

20 June 2014
16:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina  19-21  Scotland
Try: Ortega Desio 13' m
Tuculet 59' m
Pen: Sánchez (2/2) 42', 57'
Drop: Sánchez (1/3) 27'
Report[28] Try: Hogg 6' c
Pyrgos 73' m
Con: Weir (1/2) 7'
Pen: Weir (3/4) 55', 70', 78'

Notes:


21 June 2014
14:00 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  26-23  Italy
Try: Yamada 4' c
Sa'u 59' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 5', 60'
Pen: Goromaru (4/5) 13', 22', 42', 48'
Report[29][permanent dead link]
(In Italian)
Try: Penalty try 17' c
Barbieri 74' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 17'
Allan (1/1) 75'
Pen: Orquera (3/3) 7', 35', 52'

Notes:

  • Mauro Bergamasco becomes the sixth Italian player to earn 100 test caps.
  • This win was Japan's tenth consecutive win, a record for a Tier 2 nation.

21 June 2014
15:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  39-13  France
Try: Skelton 7' c
Folau (2) 26' c, 41' c
Hooper 60' c
Phipps 73' m
Con: Foley (4/5) 9', 27', 42', 61'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 2', 17'
Report[30] Try: Guirado 65' c
Con: Machenaud (1/1) 65'
Pen: Machenaud (1/2) 34'
Dulin (1/1) 15'
Allianz Stadium, Sydney [13]
Attendance: 43,188
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Will Skelton made his international debut for Australia.
  • The 43,188-person crowd was a record crowd for an Australian test at Allianz Stadium.

21 June 2014
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  36-13  England
Try: Savea (3) 3' m, 8' c, 80' c
Smith (2) 26' c, 33' c
Con: Cruden (3/4) 9', 27', 34'
Barrett (1/1) 80'
Pen: Cruden (1/1) 17'
Report[31] Try: Yarde 42' c
Con: Burns (1/1) 43'
Pen: Burns (2/3) 7', 19'

21 June 2014
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  31-30  Wales
Try: Penalty try (2) 32' c, 77' c
Hendricks 33' c
Le Roux 71' c
Con: Steyn (4/4) 32', 35', 72', 78'
Pen: Steyn (1/2) 55'
Report[32] Try: Roberts 18' c
Cuthbert 21' c
Owens 45' c
Con: Biggar (3/3) 19', 22', 45'
Pen: Biggar (3/4) 12', 56', 65'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit [15]
Attendance: 25,424
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Notes:


22 June 2014
15:00 NZST (UTC+12)
Pacific Barbarians 14-36  Tonga

28 June

28 June 2014
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  55-6  Scotland
Try: Coetzee (2) 3' c, 51' c
Le Roux 10' c
Mvovo (2) 16' m, 61' c
Pietersen 56' m
De Jager (2) 64' c, 78' c
Con: Pollard (5/7) 4', 11', 52', 62', 65'
Boshoff 79'
Pen: Pollard (1/1) 44'
Report[33] Pen: Weir (2/2) 7', 36'

Notes:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sport: Tonga to play Pacific Barbarians, accuse IRB of 'starving' Island teams". Radio New Zealand. 22 April 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.planetrugby.co.uk/story/0,25883,9817_9332232,00.html
  3. ^ "Le Japon rencontrera les Samoa le 30 mai". www.japonrugby.net. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-01. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Se viene LOS PUMAS - SUDAMÉRICA XV". www.consur.org. 22 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Barbarians take it up a gear". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Leicester's Graham Kitchener to captain England against Barbarians". SkySports.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b c "Test-match di giugno: Italrugby contro Fiji, Samoa e Giappone". www.onrugby.it. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Late try sinks gutsy England". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d "England confirm three-Test New Zealand tour in June 2014". www.rfu.com. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Wallabies overpower limp France". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "France to face Australia in 2014". www.planetrugby.co.uk. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Staff, ESPN. "South Africa flattered in warm-up match". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d "Busy year ahead for Springboks". ESPN Scrum. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Sexton injury mars Ireland win". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ a b c "Venta de entradas para la ventana de junio". uar.com.ar. 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Sloppy Scotland prevail in Houston heat". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Scotland confirm 2014 Test schedule". www.ESPN.com. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 2013.
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  21. ^ Staff, ESPN. "All Blacks fight back to beat England". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Wallabies grind to victory". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ Staff, ESPN. "South Africa far too strong for Wales". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Scotland win but draw few positives". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ "CANADA TO FACE SCOTLAND IN 2014". www.rugbycanada.ca. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2013.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Ireland battle to hard-fought win". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Six-try England ease to victory". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Weir stays cool as Scotland again leave it late". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  29. ^ http://www.federugby.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7021:nazionale-battuta-26-23-dal-giappone-a-tokyo-il-tour-finisce-senza-vittorie&catid=252:slide&Itemid=811
  30. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Wallabies record comprehensive win to sweep France". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  31. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Resurgent All Blacks leave England wilting". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  32. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Late penalty-try leaves gutsy Wales broken". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  33. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Outclassed Scotland put to the sword". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.

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