New Zealand beat England 30-22 to extend its international rugby winning streak to 13 games and avenge its most recent defeat.
England came from behind in the second half to beat Australia 20-13 in the opening game of its autumn international rugby schedule.
Saracens center Joel Tomkins was selected to make his England rugby debut against Australia at Twickenham this weekend.
Australia recalled Quade Cooper at fly-half and shifted Israel Folau to full-back as the Wallabies seek their first win in this year’s Rugby Championship against South Africa this weekend.
Australia named the following team to play New Zealand in the third and final Bledisloe Cup rugby Test on Oct. 19 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin:
The Australian Rugby Union said it’s baffled by comments made by Quade Cooper in a television interview that escalated the injured fly-half’s criticism of the national team.
Australia rugby selectors named the following 32-man squad for the Wallabies’ five-match tour of Europe in November and the Oct. 19 third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Dunedin:
New Zealand beat South Africa 38-27 to retain the Rugby Championship title with its second straight sweep of the southern hemisphere competition. Australia routed Argentina 54-17 to leave the Pumas winless in last place.
Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper signed a one-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union that ties him to the national team and Queensland Reds through 2012.
Australia picked Matt Toomua to make his Test debut at fly-half in this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand, which recalled captain Richie McCaw following his sabbatical.