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Scotland will be looking to avenge their controversial World Cup Quarter-Final defeat to Australia, when they host the Wallabies at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday, in their opening fixture of the Autumn series. Scotland followed an average 6-Nations campaign, when they won two and lost three matches, with a Summer tour to Japan, where they won both internationals, by 26-13 in Aichi and 21-16 in Tokyo. Australia started the Summer with a 0-3 series whitewash on home soil against the touring England side, before suffering two heavy defeats by the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship. They did however, recover to finish as runners-up in that tournament, before the All Blacks made it a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup loss for the Australians in Auckland.

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Australia began their European tour last weekend in Cardiff with a match against Wales, and produced probably their best performance of 2016, running in five tries on their way to a 32-8 victory. Including last year's World Cup clash, Australia have won the last three meetings of the two countries, Scotland's last taste of victory coming in 2009 at Murrayfield when they squeezed home by 9-8. Australia will be playing all four home nations during their Northern Hemisphere tour, and will be seeking a first Grand Slamsince 1984.

Posted: 23rd November 2013

 

Australia's topsy turvy autumn tour to Europe took yet another turn for the worse, ahead of Saturday's match against Scotland at Murrayfield, when they took the strong decision to suspend six players for one game, following a breech of squad rules relating to drinking, during the midweek ahead of last Saturday's victory over Ireland. A further nine members of the touring party have received a formal warning. The Wallabies coach Ewan McKenzie took the firm handed action after a number of players stayed out later than was deemed acceptable, and also drank what was considered to be inappropriate levels of alcohol. The six players who have received bans are; Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson and Paddy Ryan. 

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Winger Cummins scored a try against Ireland, and was joined in the starting XV by Ashley Cooper, while Ryan played the last 15 minutes, with hooker Polota-Nau, prop Robinson and flanker Gill all remaining as unused replacements. Australia won the match by 32-15. Apart from Ryan, they will all miss Saturday's game against Scotland. However, due to International Rugby Board regulations, it is compulsory that a team's 23-man match squad must contain four props. Therefore, Ryan will serve his suspension the following week, when the Wallabies face Wales in Cardiff.


Tags: Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland, Australia, Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson, International Rugby Board
Posted: 12th November 2016


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