2021 July rugby union tests

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The 2021 mid-year rugby union internationals (also known as the summer internationals in the Northern Hemisphere) were a series of international rugby union matches that are typically played in the Southern Hemisphere during the July international window. Due to ongoing restrictions around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of matches were cancelled, and some series reversed so that the Northern Hemisphere nations hosted the matches, and some teams played for the first time since their final matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. [1]

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The window was highlighted by the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, which included a three-test series between the Lions and South Africa. Ahead of the tour, the Lions hosted their first home match since 2005, against Japan in Scotland, while South Africa were scheduled to host a two-test series against Georgia; the first time the teams had met outside the Rugby World Cup. The second test of this series was cancelled. Japan went on to play Ireland. Ireland also played the United States, having had to adapt their summer tour after their test series away to Fiji was cancelled. [2] To replace Ireland's tour, Fiji traveled to New Zealand for a first ever test series against the All Blacks, who also hosted Tonga. Tonga began their preparation for their 2023 Rugby World Cup qualification series against Samoa, and Samoa used a two-match series against the Māori All Blacks as their preparation. The three-test series between Australia and France was condensed to take place within 11 days, due to French club commitments and a hotel quarantine period for the France team. [3] Australia go on to play New Zealand in the first Bledisloe Cup match of the year.

England and Wales's summer tours were reversed, as England welcomed Canada and the United States, and Wales hosted Argentina. Wales, who were originally meant to play Uruguay as part of their South America tour, instead played Canada ahead of their two-test series against Argentina. Argentina also prepared for the series with a first visit to Bucharest since 1992 to play Romania, which replaced Argentina's cancelled home game against Georgia. Romania were scheduled to face Scotland for the first time since 2011 and Scotland were also due to play Georgia as part of their Eastern Europe tour, but both matches were cancelled.

The window also contained a number of other 2023 Rugby World Cup qualification warm-ups[ citation needed ] as Uruguay played an Argentina XV, the Cook Islands played a Tasman Mako HP XV and the New Zealand U20 team, and Zimbabwe played Zambia. Zimbabwe were also scheduled to play Portugal, but the match was cancelled.

Series

EventResultVictor
South Africa v British & Irish Lions test series 2–1Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
New Zealand v Fiji series 2–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Australia v France test series 2–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
South Africa v Georgia test series 1–0Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa [lower-alpha 1]
Argentina v Wales test series 0–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina [lower-alpha 2]

Other tours

Team/TourOpponents
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Romania.svg  Romania (won)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of England.svg  England (lost) – Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales (lost)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan British & Irish Lions (lost) – IRFU flag.svg  Ireland (lost)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Romania.svg  Romania (cancelled) – Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia (cancelled)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of England.svg  England (lost) – IRFU flag.svg  Ireland (lost)

Fixtures

June

2 June 2021
15:00 CAT (UTC+02)
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg31–8Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Try: Mudzekenyedzi 12' m
Juszczyk (2) 21' c, 52' c
Chiwambutsa 28' m
Burnett 34' m
Con: Mudariki (3/5) 22', 35', 53'
Report Try: Chisenga 35' m
Pen: Mwashi (1/1) 79'
Police Grounds, Harare [4]
Attendance: 0
Referee: ZRU Appt. (Zimbabwe)

5 June 2021
15:00 CAT (UTC+02)
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg56–3Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Try: Mangongo 9' m
Katsevere (4) 32' m, 45' m, 48' m, 55' m
Chiwara (2) 57' m, 74' c
Mudariki 62' c
Mudzekenyedzi 65' m
Tshamala 72' c
Con: Mandivenga (1/4) 62'
White Sharpley (2/2) 73', 75'
Report Pen: Koloko (1/3) 12'
Police Grounds, Harare [4]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paul Mente (South Africa)

12 June 2021
15:35 JST (UTC+09)
Japan XV  Flag of Japan.svg32–17 Flag of Japan.svg Sunwolves
Try: Horikoshi (2) 60' c, 80' c
Nakamura 65' c
Tatafu 71' m
Con: Matsuda (3/4) 62', 66', 80+1'
Pen: Tamura (1/2) 31'
Matsuda (1/1) 76'
Report Try: Arai 19' c
Takeyama 39' c
Con: Yamasawa (2/2) 21', 40+1'
Pen: Takeyama (1/1) 68'
Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka [5]
Attendance: 18,434
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)

12 June 2021
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svgCancelled [lower-alpha 3] Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Police Grounds, Harare [7]

19 June 2021
Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svgCancelled [lower-alpha 4] Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium, Windhoek [7]

26 June 2021
19:05 NZST (UTC+12)
Māori All Blacks  Flag of New Zealand.svg35–10Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Try: Stevenson 9' c, 38' c
Wainui 32' c
Dixon 57' c
Douglas 67'
Con: Black (3/3) 10' 33', 39' c
Ioane (2/2) 58', 68'
Report Try: Foma'i 24'
Con: Iona (1/1) 25'
Pen: Iona (1/1) 46'
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington [8]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

Notes:

  • The sides faced each other for the first time since 2008.

26 June 2021
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
British & Irish Lions 28–10Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Try: Adams 12' c
Van der Merwe 18' c
Henshaw 23' c
Beirne 48' c
Con: Biggar (4/4) 13', 19', 24', 49'
Report Try: Himeno 59' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 60'
Pen: Tamura (1/2) 69'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh [9]
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

Notes:

  • Hamish Watson and Zander Fagerson (British & Irish Lions) were named to start, but was withdrawn in the week leading up to the game due to injury and head knock. Justin Tipuric replaced Watson whilst Tadhg Furlong was promoted from the bench to replace Fagerson - Kyle Sinckler replaced Furlong on the bench. [10] [11]
  • No replacement was made for Jack Conan.
  • Jack Cornelsen, Siosaia Fifita, Craig Millar and Naoto Saito (all Japan) made their international debuts.
  • Japan became the eighth test nation to play the British & Irish Lions. [12]

2/3/4 July

2 July 2021
19:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg40–9Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Try: Fassi 4' m
Mbonambi 35' c
Reinach 37' c
Smith 54' c
H. Jantjies 58' c
Marx 68' c
Con: Pollard (4/5) 36', 38', 54', 58'
E. Jantjies (1/1) 69'
Report Pen: Abzhandadze (3/3) 3', 18', 25'
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria [15]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

Notes:


3 July 2021
16:30 NZST (UTC+12)
Māori All Blacks  Flag of New Zealand.svg38–21Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Try: Dixon 22' c
Lowe (2) 34' m, 58' m
Penalty try (2) 40', 63'
Wainui 46' m
Con: Black (1/2) 23'
Ioane (1/2) 47'
Report Try: Foma'i 24' c
Alosio 41' c
Tuiloma 80' c
Con: Iona (2/2) 25', 42'
Taefu (1/1) 80'
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland [16]
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Notes:


3 July 2021
19:05 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg102–0Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: McKenzie 2' m
Papalii (2) 5' c, 37' m
Weber (3) 7' c, 16' c, 50' c
Jordan (5) 9' m, 20' c, 47' m, 55' c, 68' m
Jacobson 42' c
Mo'unga 54' c
R. Ioane 61' c
Tuipulotu 77' c
Bridge 80' c
Con: Mo'unga (7/11) 6', 8', 17', 20', 43', 51', 54'
B. Barrett (4/5) 56', 62', 77', 80'
Report
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland [16]
Attendance: 15,024
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) [lower-alpha 6]

Notes:


3 July 2021
13:00 IST (UTC+01)
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg39–31Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Try: Farrell 8' c
McCloskey 26' m
Bealham 40' c
Van der Flier 49' c
Stockdale 52' c
Con: Carbery (4/5) 9', 40', 50', 53'
Pen: Carbery (2/2) 62', 69'
Report Try: Leitch 11' c
Lafaele 36' c
Fifita 43' c
Saito 57' c
Con: Tamura (4/4) 12', 37', 45', 58'
Pen: Tamura (1/1) 4'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)

Notes:


3 July 2021
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg68–12Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Try: Williams (2) 6' c, 45' c
Botham 14' m
Holmes (2) 20' c, 80+1' c
Smith 27' c
Dee 31' c
Rowlands 36' c
Basham (2) 56' c, 61' c
Con: Sheedy (7/8) 7', 21', 28', 32', 37', 46', 57'
B. Thomas (2/2) 62', 80+3'
Report Try: Lloyd 4' m
Coats 68' c
Con: Nelson (1/2) 68'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)

Notes:


3 July 2021
Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svgCancelled [lower-alpha 7] Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Lisbon

3 July 2021
21:00 EEST (UTC+03)
Romania  Flag of Romania.svg17–24Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Try: Căpățână 45' m
Pen: Melinte (4/5) 5', 22', 32', 62'
Report
(In Romania)
Try: Bruni 14' m
Cordero 24' m
Penalty try 36'
González 73' c
Con: Miotti (1/1) 74'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest [20]
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France) [lower-alpha 8]

Notes:


4 July 2021
14:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg43–29Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Try: Underhill 6' m
Lawrence 14' c
Cokanasiga (2) 23' c, 30' c
Blamire 49' m
Smith 65' m
Randall 69' c
Con: Smith (5/7) 15', 24', 32', 70'
Report Try: Faʻanana-Schultz 41' m
Dolan 57' c
Germishuys 73' c
Dyer 77' c
Con: Carty (3/4) 58', 74', 78'
Pen: Carty (1/1) 5'
Twickenham Stadium, London [22]
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

Notes:


4 July 2021
14:10 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg42–26Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina XV
Try: Vilaseca 11' c
Kessler 32' c
Dotti 40' c
Viñals 48' c
Echeverry 61' c
Gattas 80' c
Con: Berchesi (5/5) 12', 33', 40', 49', 62'
Echeverry (1/1) 80'
Report Try: Elías 19' c
Fernández Criado 24' c
Daireaux 59' m
Simes 74' c
Con: Elías (2/2) 19', 25'
Prisciantelli (1/2) 74'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nehuén Jauri Rivero (Argentina)

7 July

7 July 2021
13:00 NZST (UTC+12)
Tasman Mako HP XV Flag of New Zealand.svg 31–24Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands
Try: Lewis 12' c
Veamatahau 23' c
MacDonald (2) 44' m, 51' m
Napa'a 71' c
Con: Parata (3/5) 13', 24', 72'
Report Try: Toki 31' m
Rudolph 40' c
Bikaca 63' m
Mato 67' c
Con: Sopoaga (2/4) 40', 68'
Tahunanui Fields, Nelson
Attendance: 100
Referee: NZR Appt. (New Zealand)

7 July 2021
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg23–21Flag of France.svg  France
Try: Paenga-Amosa 34' c
Hooper 71' c
Con: Lolesio (2/2) 36', 71'
Pen: Lolesio (4/4) 44', 60', 80+4'
Report Try: Villière (2) 6' m, 22' c
Con: Carbonel (1/2) 24'
Pen: Carbonel (2/2) 19', 52'
Jaminet (1/1) 62'
Lang Park, Brisbane [lower-alpha 9] [24]
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) [lower-alpha 10]

Notes:

9/10 July

9 July 2021
19:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svgCancelled [lower-alpha 11] Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg [15]
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)

10 July 2021
19:05 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg57–23Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Try: J. Barrett 9' c
Havili (2) 18' c', 21' c
Bridge 44' m
Coles (4) 52' m, 64' c, 73' c, 76' c
Jordan 69' m
Con: Barrett (6/9) 10', 18', 22', 65', 74', 77'
Report Try: Tuisue 28' m
Kunavula 48' m
Penalty try 61'
Pen: Volavola (2/2) 6', 13'
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 15,103
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand) [lower-alpha 12]

Notes:


10 July 2021
13:00 BST (UTC+01)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg20–20Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Try: Matera 39' c
De la Fuente 46' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 41', 47'
Pen: Sánchez (2/4) 16', 45'
Report Try: Rowlands 51' c
Williams 71' c
Con: Evans (2/2) 52', 72'
Pen: Sheedy (2/2) 18', 27'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff [lower-alpha 13]
Attendance: 8,200
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Notes:

  • This is the first draw between these two nations in 19 meetings.

10 July 2021
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg70–14Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Try: Blamire (3) 1' c, 40' c', 59' c
Radwan (3) 15' c, 50' c, 61' c
Cokanasiga (2) 20' c, 23' c
Genge 46' c
Penalty try 13'
Con: Smith (9/9) 2', 16', 22', 25', 41', 46', 52', 60', 63'
Report Try: Braude 10' c
Lloyd 33' c
Con: Nelson (2/2) 11', 34'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales) [lower-alpha 14]