Fri, Nov 9, 8:48am by Staff Writer
There will be no less than five Rugby Internationals played in Europe early on Sunday morning Australian Daylight Savings Time, including Australia’s trip to Cardiff to face Wales while New Zealand clash with England in London.
Wales v Australia
4:20am Sunday November 11 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
The Wallabies have a remarkable record in this fixture, having defeated Wales 13 times in a row, dating back to November 2008.
Although the record speaks for itself, the margins of victory haven’t been great, with 11 of the last 12 contests between the nations decided by single digits.
Many pundits have stated this week that this is the best chance Wales will have to beat Australia in more than a decade, with the visitors playing well below their best in the recently completed Rugby Championship, when they lost all three Bledisloe Cup outings against the All Blacks and dropped a home Test to Argentina.
Wales opened their Autumn campaign last weekend with a 21-10 win over Scotland, backing up their strong summer tour form that included two wins over Argentina and a win over South Africa in Washington, America.
Warren Gatland has made three changes to the side that defeated Scotland, bringing in Josh Adams for Luke Morgan on the wing, Adam Beard for Cory Hill in the second row and Tomas Francis for Dillon Lewis at tighthead.
The under-pressure Michael Cheika has made five changes to the side that lost 37-20 in Yokohama, Japan two weeks ago, with Israel Folau moving from outside-centre to the wing and hooker Tolu Latu, lock Adam Coleman, flanker Jack Dempsey and centre Samu Kerevi all making the run-on side.
Wales are a $1.78 favourite to break their hoodoo, with the green and gold at $2.05 to make it 14 straight against the men in red.
These two nations are due to meet again on September 29 next year in the group stages of the Rugby World Cup which makes this encounter even more important.
Suggested Bet: Wales to win: $1.78
England v New Zealand
2am Sunday November 11 at Twickenham Stadium, London, England
The juggernaut that is the All Blacks moves to the English capital this weekend, when the men in black will be aiming to make it 26 wins from their last 30 matches against all opponents.
Standing in their way is an England side that they haven’t met in four years and the hosts will be full of confidence after their nail-biting 12-11 win over the Sprinboks last weekend.
Winger Chris Ashton will make his first England start since the 2014 tour to New Zealand while Sam Underhill will wear the number seven shirt after Tom Curry injured his ankle.
New Zealand romped to a 69-31 win over Japan in Tokyo last week, and with just the one injury concern, to loosehead prop Joe Moody, who suffered a nasty eye injury at training, Karl Tu’inukafe is set to make his debut.
New Zealand are at the short-priced odds of $1.15 to win this one, while the hosts, who’ll be supported by a sold-out crowd of more than 80,000 at the home of English rugby, are at $5.50.
Suggested Bet: New Zealand by 1-12 points: $3.30
Rugby Internationals Odds
Scotland $1.13 v Fiji $6.05
England $5.50 v New Zealand $1.15
Wales $1.78 v Australia $2.05
Ireland $1.10 v Argentina $7
France $2.21 v South Africa $1.67
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