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Autumn internationals as they happened

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England 11-21 South Africa
Scotland 19-16 Samoa
Wales 25-37 New Zealand

By Phil Harlow

1925: We're going to call it a day here, but you can still watch the highlights of England v South Africa and read all about the day's goings on on the website. Thanks for keeping me company - and don't forget about Ireland v Argentina on Sunday.

1922: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter on becoming Test rugby's all-time leading pointscorer: "It was on my mind. Everybody's been talking about it all week so it was hard to get away from.

"I didn't have the best night with the kicking but it's fantastic to get the milestone. Jonny Wilkinson still has a few games in him so we'll have to see what happens."

1920: New Zealand coach Graham Henry: "I was delighted with our guys - they showed some great composure and they scored five tries."


1914: Just before we pick over the bones of that game, let me quickly tell you that highlights of England v South Africa are on BBC Three and this website - for UK users - from 1920 GMT.


FULL-TIME Wales 25-37 New Zealand
The All Blacks seal yet another clean sweep of the home nations as Wales end the autumn without a win. Nevertheless they can probably take a lot more out of that game than some of the others this month.

80 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Wales 25-37 New Zealand
Wales end on a high as they push New Zealand off their own scrum ball before the backs run some clever angles to put Lee Byrne in at the corner. Stephen Jones adds the conversion with the final kick of the match.

78 mins: That is a cheap shot from Andy Powell as he comes in with a neck-high, straight-arm "tackle" on Richie McCaw which is somehow missed by all the officials. BBC commentator Jonathan Davies expects a citing, and I think he may well be right.

76 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Wales 18-37 New Zealand
New Zealand have done it again: just blowing the opposition away in the space of a few minutes.

Scrum-half Jimmy Cowan pops a lovely offload out of the back of his hand to Keiran Read who takes contact before popping it up for replacement prop John Afoa to sprint in from 25m. Dan Carter adds another two points.

72 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Wales 18-30 New Zealand
New Zealand just suddenly raise their game and a try from Isaia Toeava is the net result.

James Hook gets scragged as he tries to clear a kick in behind him and ends up toe poking it a few yards into Keiran Read's hands. The All Blacks move the ball right and Brad Thorn and Anthony Boric run superb lines to give their winger an easy route to the line.

69 mins: Dan Carter might have scored more points than any other player to have ever played Test rugby, but he's not had a good game today. He puts a kick out on the full and Wales have the momentum again. Stephen Jones punches the air like his football team have just gone 1-0 up in the last minute.

66 mins: PEN Wales 18-23 New Zealand
The scrum is becoming a mess as the Millennium Stadium pitch cuts up, and after numerous attempts all end up on the floor referee Alan Lewis awards a penalty to Wales which Stephen Jones holds his nerve to slot from distance. Hats off to Wales, they've come right back into it.

63 mins: PEN Wales 15-23 New Zealand
Wales hit back straight away as they win a penalty just inside the New Zealand half for a high tackle, and fly-half Stephen Jones puts it over.

60 mins: PEN Wales 12-23 New Zeland You get the feeling that things are turning New Zealand's way now as they win a penalty that is kicked to touch. A few drives upfield and it's another, kickable penalty which Dan Carter slots with ease. To make things worse, New Zealand are now back to 15 men as Dan Braid returns to the field. The All Blacks scored 10 points in his absence.

56 mins: Wales have not given this up. A great angle from Tom Shanklin sees him cut past three defenders and beat another two. The ball is swung out right, but when Lee Byrne is tackled possession is turned over.

52 mins: TRY & CONVERSION Wales 12-20 New Zealand
Talk about how to bring a crowd down to earth. Bread of Heaven is belting out and the Millennium Stadium is absolutely jumping. But disaster for Wales as they make a basic mistake by missing touch by a country mile from their own penalty.

A few phases later and the All Blacks punish the home side with Hosea Gear supplying a top class finish in the corner to squeeze home. Dan Carter kicks the toughest kick of the night and Wales have it all to do.

50 mins: YELLOW CARD & PENALTY Wales 12-13 New Zealand Wales win another penalty as James Hook tackles Conrad Smith well, and the All Blacks support comes in at the side. Stephen Jones kicks to the corner and Wales go again.

From the resulting attack, replacement Dan Braid is sent to the sin-bin for not rolling away on the floor and Stephen Jones kicks the penalty. Will Wales get a better chance than this to beat the All Blacks? The next 10 minutes will be pivotal.

48 mins: Wales are really getting into New Zealand and making them look fallible, which is more than most teams have done this autumn. Wales make a mess of the All Black line-out, but Mike Phillips knocks on as he attempts to race off with the loose ball.

46 mins: A turnover for Wales and hooker Matthew Rees kicks in behind New Zealand. Richie McCaw gathers, but he is isolated and the ball pops up for Wales to attack inside the Kiwi 22.

The volume rises to deafening levels inside the Millennium Stadium, but New Zealand's defensive line reorganises in the blink of an eye and the move eventually peters out with a turnover.

43 mins: A lovely Welsh move releases Tom Shanklin up the touchline. The centre dummies before accelerating away, but a textbook tackle by Conrad Smith stops him in his tracks. Still, encouraging sign for Wales.

41 mins: Much better defensively from Wales in the early stages of the second half. The line is coming up as a unit - and very quickly to boot. It's slowing things down for New Zealand.

1818:Dan Carter kicks deep from the restart and we're back under way. Where's your money?

1814: WHAT_DO_U_HAVE_2_SAY_2_GET_ON_LIVE_TEXT_THESE_DAYS on 606: "NZ would be out of sight if this Dan Carter fella could kick ;-)"

1812: BBC rugby union expert Jeremy Guscott on BBC Two: "This isn't the New Zealand that we've seen the last three weeks - they've been absolutely ruthless, but they haven't been so far tonight."

HALF-TIME: Wales 9-13 New Zealand
Wales have hung on in there in a topsy-turvy 40 minutes of rugby, and the stats actually show that they ended up dominating territory. Who knows where this game will go in the second half?

41 mins:That really is a coach annoyer, if you'll forgive the awkward turn of phrase, but Wales get away with it again. With seconds of the half remaining, Wales launch an up and under on halfway, and end up giving away a penalty just inside their own half.

Dan Carter, Test rugby's new all-time leading pointscorer, misses his fourth kick at goal. That is half-time now.

38 mins: PEN Wales 9-13 New Zealand
Wales again win the penalty as referee Alan Lewis rules that New Zealand collapsed the scrum. Stephen Jones slots a kick almost identical to his effort of a few minutes ago. Somehow Wales are only four points down with half-time approaching.

36 mins: Wales' line-out is a mess, to be frank. They win another penalty after Brad Thorn pulls back Bradley Davies off the ball, and Stephen Jones kicks to the corner. But for the third time, the line-out is botched and a decent attacking platform goes begging.

32 mins: PEN Wales 6-13 New Zealand
Wales do finally get some more points on the board as fly-half Stephen Jones pokes over a penalty from 30m out after a period of strong Welsh pressure.

30 mins: Wales fail to make the most of a great chance as they create an overlap. James Hook runs a little laterally, but straightens up with the line approaching only for Mils Muliaina to knock the ball loose. They really ought to have scored there.

27 mins: Mike Phillips gets a hand to the ball as Dan Carter tries to clear his lines. It's a Welsh scrum and the most promising attacking opportunity of the match so far for the home side. They really need to make this count.

24 mins: Unlucky for Wales as Stephen Jones' long-range penalty for a Kiwi offence at the breakdown smacks against a post and back into the field of play. Sam Whitelock collects and releases Hosea Gear who glides past two would-be tacklers before getting scragged.

21 mins: TRY Wales 3-13 New Zealand
Dear or dear. Very poor defence by Wales as an aimless kick is run back by Dan Carter, who does the simplest of scissors moves in midfield with Mils Muliaina. The full-back goes past some lax inside defence and storms over from the halfway line. That defence was not good enough at Test level, I'm afraid. Fortunately for Wales, Dan Carter misses another kick at goal.

19 mins: The offloads are coming thick and fast from New Zealand, but it's still slightly frenetic and lacking in precision.

18 mins: Fair play, Wales are giving it a go but their precision in passing out wide is not there and possession is again surrendered as Ryan Jones and Tom James get on different wavelengths.

16 mins: A huge hit on Alun Wyn Jones dislodges the ball and in an instant New Zealand are scorching up the touchline. Conrad Smith chips ahead but Lee Byrne collects before New Zealand fall on top of him to concede the penalty.

13 mins: Some welcome relief of pressure as Mils Muliaina is pinged for holding on to the ball on the floor. Wales kick to the corner but then make a mess of the line-out and Richie McCaw snaffles possession before Dan Carter clears 60m upfield. Wales aren't going to get that many chances to waste them so carelessly.


11 mins: A let-off for Wales as Dan Carter shanks a tricky kick from the right. Already Wales are under pressure and giving away too many penalties.

7 min: PEN Wales 3-8 New Zealand
A piece of rugby union history as Dan Carter strokes over a kick from halfway to score the three points he needed to overhaul Jonny Wilkinson as Test rugby's all-time leading pointscorer with 1,179. Can't see him being caught for quite some time.

4 min: TRY Wales 3-5 New Zealand
Ominous signs as New Zealand score a simple try with their first meaningful attack of the game. Sonny Bill Williams draws several Welsh defenders before offloading to Isaia Toeava who brushes past some weak defending and gives Hoseah Gear a simple run-in. Dan Carter misses the conversion from wide on the left.

1 min: PEN Wales 3-0 New Zealand
Starts don't get an awful lot better than that. With less than a minute on the clock, Stephen Jones puts up an up-and-under and collides with Isaia Toeava. The referee sees it as a penalty and Jones slots it from 35m or so.

1720: Stephen Jones, sporting something of a beard, kicks off and we are under way. Hold on to your hats.

1718: It's a lengthy, and pretty terrifying, haka which Wales respectfully meet with tracksuits on. UK users - a quick refresh and you should see the video from the Millennium Stadium the top of your screen.

1714: It's time for the national anthems, and it's New Zealand's first up before the Welsh male voice choir leads the stadium in a rousing rendition of Land of my Fathers.

1710: The roof is on, the dramatic music is blaring out and seemingly random jets of fire are firing out everywhere. Wales skipper Matthew Rees strides down the tunnel with his players behind him and the crowd go wild.

And then a complete silence descends on the Millennium Stadium as a poignant minute's silence is held in memory of the miners who tragically lost their lives in the incident in New Zealand this week.

1705: Here's a quick reminder of the players that are going to run out at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales: L Byrne (Ospreys); G North (Scarlets), T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), J Hook (Ospreys), T James (Cardiff Blues); S Jones (Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), A Jones (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys).

New Zealand: M Muliaina; I Toeava, C Smith, S B Williams, H Gear; D Carter, J Cowan; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, O Franks, B Thorn, S Whitelock, J Kaino, R McCaw (capt), K Read.

1700: Worth pointing out that Dan Carter is almost certain to overtake England's Jonny Wilkinson as Test rugby's all-time leading pointscorer. The peerless fly-half needs just three points to surpass Wilkinson's not too shabby 1,178 points.

1655: Wales, still looking for their first win of a desperately disappointing November, probably weren't expecting an easy time of it against the All Blacks at the Millennium Stadium.

But they would still probably have rather not heard this coming out of New Zealand coach Graham Henry's mouth:

"I would like to see us smash the Welsh really. It's the final game of the series and we'd really like to make a statement."

1650: SirLoseaLot on 606: "England were utterly woeful. No speed in the game whatsoever and loads of mistakes. Hartley is a penalty giving machine! It was the same boring tripe from SA too. They need to get rid of De Viliers and they might be contenders when their first team get to play."

1646: You've got time for a cuppa, but don't forget that we've got the little matter of Wales v New Zealand just around the corner. That kicks off at 1715 GMT and UK users will have live video...

1640: hawick on 606: "Scotland have learnt how to win tight games. The Samoans will be a dangerous floater in the World Cup, they aren't just physical now. I've been impressed by their progress.

"If you had told me two weeks ago Scotland would beat Samoa and South Africa, I'd have offered you long odds!

"But with away games in Paris and London, we have to step up again."

1634: Scotland coach Andy Robinson: "We have a lot of work to do. We're pretty up and down at the moment with the inconsistency of our play.

"We come together in a couple of months to play France and we need to step it up individually and collectively."

1627: Lord Lardy of Finnsbury on 606: "The final score of England 11-21 SA, flattered England, it really did. They were well and truly hammered in this game."

1624: England captain Lewis Moody: "We're just bitterly, bitterly disappointed. It's a game we'll look back on and be incredibly frustrated by.

"Fair play to South Africa - they played better than us. it's a simple game and we conceded too many penalties and made too many mistakes."

1618: FULL-TIME ENGLAND 11-21 SOUTH AFRICA
That's it at Twickenham, and South Africa end their tour with a deserved victory. England, for all the positives of this month, still have plenty to do to get back to beating the southern hemisphere big boys on a regular basis.

1614: TRY ENGLAND 11-21 SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa look to go for a third try, but CJ van der Linde attempts a Hollywood offload and Ben Foden snatches the ball and cruises 70m to score under the posts for England's first try against South Africa in almost 320 minutes of rugby. Mike Tindall attempts a snatch drop-goal conversion to save time but embarrasses himself with a woeful effort.

1612: England should have scored as they work the ball up the middle with a huge overlap, but Tom Palmer fumbles in midfield and the chance goes.

FULL-TIME Scotland 19-16 Samoa
Running rugby, astute kicking, big-hitting and brave resistance - a match that had it all.

Scotland end up using their entire bench and coach Andy Robinson's go-for-broke ploy is rewarded as phase after phase eventually ends with one of those subs, Ruairidh Jackson, knocking over the winning score.

A fittingly dramatic finish to a thrilling game as Scotland end their autumn series with a more-than-satisfactory three out of four Test victories.

1610: PEN Scotland 19-16 Samoa
Joe Tekori gives away a penalty for ripping the ball out of the ruck and replacement Ruaridh Jackson steps up to knock over a winning kick from the 22 in his home town. Scotland's attacking enterprise in the last 15 minutes makes them the deserving winners.

1609: Chris Ashton is taken off with Matt Banahan coming on in his place. Danny Care attempts a chip over the top but Frans Steyn collects, turns and puts in a brilliant touchfinder. Pure class.

1605: TRY & CONVERSION England 6-21 South Africa
England pay the price for some slack tackling - and probably for assuming that South Africa are going to go for a drop-goal. the ball is worked to winger Lwazi Mvovo, who dances and then accelerates past Chris Ashton and replacement Simon Shaw for a score that will not impress England defence coach Mike Ford. Morne Steyn strokes over the conversion.

1602: England turn the ball over and Charlie Hodgson tries a cross-kick for Chris Ashton which South Africa deal with well. And Shontayne Hape and Charlie Hodgson go off their feet and another penalty is conceded.

1556: England, with Danny Care on for Ben Youngs at scrum-half, are setting up camp in the opposition 22. Courtney Lawes blots his copybook for the first time in an otherwise superb display, rushing a pass in midfield which causes the move to go backwards and eventually end with Lewis Moody stepping into touch.

1555: Straight from the kick-off and England get a welcome present as Pierre Spies knocks on horribly.

1554: Great break from Scotland's Graeme Morrison who evades multiple tackles to cause panic in the Samoa defence. Around eight metres from the line, though, Sean Lamont can't hold on to a sloppy John Barclay pass and Samoa hang on… for now. Scintillating stuff.

1552: TRY England 6-14 South Africa
It was coming, and you can't say the Springboks don't deserve it. Successive drives take South Africa desperately close before the call is spread right and Pierre Spies his man before releasing substitute Willem Alberts to score his third try in three Tests, all off the bench. But the conversion goes wide.

1550: Quadruple substitution by Scotland: The home side are going for it - Max Evans, Ruaridh Jackson, Jim Hamilton and Mike Blai all come as Dan Parks, Joe Ansbro, Richie Gray and Rory Lawson all make way. Samoa make one change: Perenise on at tighthead for Cencus Johnston.

1548: South Africa win a scrum against the head and England are on the back foot again. Morne Steyn rolls in a kick which Mark Cueto can only run into touch - it's all South Africa at the moment.

1545: A box-kick from Ruan Pienaar pays dividends as Chris Ashton knocks it on miles forward with a slightly suspect technique. But the loose ball is not fully capitalised on as Frans Steyn chips over and Ben Foden touches down in-goal.

1543: PEN Scotland 16-16 Samoa
Samoa go the corner, recycle and Tasesa Lavea gets within three yards of the line. Scotland hold firm admirably but concede a penalty for slowing it down illegally at the ruck, and Paul Wiliams makes no mistake. Ding dong battle!

1541: A bit of inexperience from Ben Youngs puts England under pressure. The scrum is turning through the 90 degrees, but Youngs and Nick Easter allow the ball to stay in and England lose the put-in.

1538: DROP-GOAL Scotland 16-13 Samoa
Dan Parks finishes off a prolonged period of Scotland pressure by popping over a drop-goal straight in front of the posts.

1536: Fantastic defence from South Africa as they repel wave after wave of England attacks in the shadow of their posts. England stretch play from touchline to touchline, but the forwards probably attempt a few too many drives.

Eventually Pierre Spies' sheer power drives Nick Easter backwards and the ball goes loose for the Springboks to clear.

1533: PEN England 6-9 South Africa
Not what England wanted, obviously. Mike Tindall carelessly strays offside in midfield and Morne Steyn kicks the subsequent penalty.

1531: South Africa kick off and we are back under way for a very intriguing 40 minutes at Twickenham. We're about to learn a lot about this England side.

1527: PEN Scotland 13-13 Samoa
Richie Vernon and Richie Gray get in the muddle from the off, neither sure who should collect Samoa's kick and their hesitancy ensures number eight Vernon knocks on before Tasesa Lavea shoots a drop-goal attempt wide as advantage is played. Paul Williams, though, fires over the penalty to level matters. Game on...

1525: We're back under way in Aberdeen with Scotland very much in a tight match against Samoa.

1521: HALF-TIME England 6-6 South Africa
South Africa are definitely ending the first half on top as they again go through the phases and drive within range after Bismarck du Plessis' powerful surge. Morne Steyn has a go at a drop-goal, but it drifts wide and we go into the break level.

1517: HALF-TIME Scotland 13-10 Samoa
Mixed performance from Scotland so far, who are marginally in the ascendancy territorially, but are kicking a lot of their possession away with meagre reward.

Dan Parks' boot, though, is punishing the indiscipline of Samoa, who are trying to run at the hosts, with their try-scoring scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i orchestrating intelligently in the middle.

1516: PEN England 6-6 South Africa
Morne Steyn slots his second kick of the afternoon after England yet again concede at the breakdown. The referee is running out of patience and tells Lewis Moody to have a word with his team.

Toby Flood is forced off for England with Charlie Hodgson, who has had some mixed days at Twickenham over the years, on at number 10.

1514: Excellent tackle from Ben Foden saves England as the massive Pierre Spies bursts through after a magical flip out of the back of the hand by Frans Steyn. The England full-back goes quite high on Spies, but shows good strength to wrestle him into touch.

1510: England get away with it again as Frans Steyn hits the post from the halfway line after Lewis Moody is pinged for not joining at the back.

1509: PEN Scotland 13-10 Samoa
Kelly Brown is penalised for not getting away quick in the tackle and Paul Williams slots over to reduce the gap. Intriguing encounter.

1506: The penalties are piling up against England, which must be a concern for Martin Johnson and co. And the South African line-out is in a class of its own: England cannot lay a finger on the Springboks in the air at the moment.

1505: PEN Scotland 13-7 Samoa
We're down a ball at Pittodrie - a Dan Parks kick finds the roof of the stand but the ball sticks in the snow instead of trickling its way back down to earth.

Minutes later, Parks, finds his range again, slotting over a trickier penalty than the one he missed after a Samoa infringement in the breakdown.

1503: And it's a similar tale at Twickenham as Morne Steyn inexplicably pulls a penalty wide, clipping the post, from just to the right of the target. You'd have put your mortgage on that one going over.

1501: Here's a rarity - the Samoans are penalised in the scrum but Dan Parks skews wide off the tee from almost in front of the posts.

1459: It's tough stuff at Twickenham as Tom Croft trudges off holding his forearm and grimacing. South African-born Hendre Fourie comes on for his fourth cap and Lewis Moody switches to blind-side.

1456: England are indebted to Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes as they save an almost certain try by sliding in to dispossess Victor Matfield on the try-line. Lawes tackles his opposite man around the ankles, but Matfield - who ignores men outside him - should still score, only for Youngs to somehow get the ball. Ben Foden can breathe again.

1454: Schoolboy stuff from Ben Foden, and Martin Johnson does not look impressed. Deep in their own 22, England pass the ball along the line but Foden rejects the chance to clear, and runs into trouble before flinging the ball in the vague direction of Mark Cueto and into touch.

1452: PEN England 6-3 South Africa Toby Flood kicks a penalty to touch, England win the line-out and drive forward through Andrew Sheridan. Nick Easter is lucky to get away with being offside and instead the ref picks on Deon Stegmann. Almost in front of the posts, Flood nails the kick.

1448: TRY & CONVERSION Scotland 10-7 Samoa
Scotland respond instantly and win a scrum 20m from the Samoa line, Dan Parks plays in Nikki Walker who strolls over with ease thanks to the dummy run from Graeme Morrison. Simple but effective move that looks like it has been rehearsed umpteen times on the training ground. Parks converts.

1445: PEN England 3-3 South Africa
The scrum is a bit of a concern for England just now, with a penalty awarded against Dan Cole for collapsing - after two previous free-kicks against England at earlier scrums. The nerveless Morne Steyn knocks it over.

1442: TRY & CONVERSION Scotland 3-7 Samoa
Samoa work through the phases and eventually work the ball wide, George Pisi drawing the Scottish cover and dinking a deft little kick in behind the home defence, which Sellala Mapasua offloads to Kahn Fotuall'i who runs over to get his team off the mark. Paul Williams adds the conversion.

1441: A big tackle from Chris Ashton on Springboks skipper Victor Matfield dislodges the ball, but the England winger pays a price as he makes contact first with his head and collapses to the ground.

The winger eventually regains his feet and referee George Clancy says several times that he is "not happy" for Ashton to continue. But eventually the game continues with a slightly woozy Ashton still involved.

1438: PEN England 3-0 South Africa
Brilliant from Nick Easter and Tom Croft as England burst down the touchline thanks to a clever pass from the number eight. England win a penalty at the breakdown and when Ben Youngs is taken out attempting a quick tap, Toby Flood steps up to kick the opening points.

1436: Solid start from the Springboks. Victor Matfield safely collects the kick-off and drives upfield before the ball is spun wide for Zane Kirchner to 40m with a fine clearance.

1434: PEN Scotland 3-0 Samoa Scotland apply pressure from the kick-off, driving for the Samoa line in the corner and winning two penalties in quick succession - the latter of which they elect to give to Dan Parks to kick. Not surprisingly, the fly-half duly obliges with the three points.

Tinus le Roux on Twitter: "Say what you like about Pieter de Villiers, he takes this Movember thing seriously."

1432: It's kicked-off in Scotland - as in they've actually begun the match, not a massive brawl. Not yet, anyway. For the record, Scotland's players donned heat-insulating overcoats - like marathon runners - as they faced Samoa's haka.

At Twickenham the pre-match national anthems are just coming to a close and we're moments away. Sit back and stick with us.

1426: Shall we remind ourselves of the teams?

England: B Foden (Northampton); C Ashton (Northampton), M Tindall (Gloucester), S Hape (Bath), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Croft (Leicester), L Moody (Bath, capt), N Easter (Harlequins).

South Africa: Z Kirchner; G Aplon, F Steyn, J de Villiers, L Mvovo; M Steyn, R Pienaar; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, B Botha, V Matfield (capt), D Stegmann, J Smith, P Spies.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland).

And in Scotland, they line up like this:

Scotland: H Southwell (Stade Francais); N Walker (Ospreys), J Ansbro(Northampton), G Morrison (Glasgow), S Lamont (Scarlets); D Parks (Cardiff Blues), R Lawson (Gloucester); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), E Murray (Northampton), N Hines (Leinster), R Gray (Glasgow), K Brown (Saracens), R Vernon (Glasgow), J Barclay (Glasgow).

Samoa: P Williams; D Lemi, G Pisi, S Mapusua, A Tuilagi; T Lavea, K Fotualii; S Taulafo, M Schwalger (capt), C Johnston, F Levi, K Thompson, O Treviranus, M Salavea, G Stowers.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia).

1422: A bit more pre-match build-up from a rather chilly Pittodrie. Scotland scrum-half Chris Cussiter: "Seilala Mapasua's offloading abilities will be key for Samoa - and Scotland must close him down in midfield."

Scotland backs coach Gregor Townsend: "The pitch is perfect for fast, running rugby. We're also very happy it's not snowing!"


1419: How's this for a pre-match gee-up?

"You are world champions and we are proud of you. The people of South Africa are behind you.

"The government of South Africa is behind you. When all the odds are against you we know you will strive as children of people who are made of steel, the children of warriors and that is why we have flown here, because you are the pride of the nation."

That's South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula. No pressure boys.

BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter on Twitter: "So cold at Twickenham that I may have to huddle together with Brian Moore for body warmth. And I don't do that lightly."

1412: "We all know we're far from the finished article. There's been so much rubbish spoken about that - we have got far to go. We've not done anything yet." No prizes for guessing who said that - yes, that's right, it's England boss Martin Johnson.

England may have won their last two games - and finally started playing with the sort of style the Twickenham crowd have been crying out for - but Johnson is still playing down expectations. Would you really expect any different?

1403: Scotland are coming into this match off the back of a tremendous win over the world champions.

South Africa may be lacking several key players - the absence of the likes of Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger and John Smit would hurt any team - but Scotland will take a huge amount of confidence from that win. And with Andy Robinson in charge, there should be no danger of any complacency at Pittodrie.

Here's his no-nonsense message: "We need to get back-to-back victories and that's what this weekend is about."


1400: For those of you inside the UK, a quick refresh of this page will reap rich rewards in the shape of video of the BBC coverage of Scotland v Samoa.

1359: majesticimperialman on 606: "I think if England play the same way against South Africa as they did against Australia then they will win, they will have to keep their discipline though any penalties and Moyne Styne will punish."

1354: The BBC's Mr Rugby - aka Bryn Palmer - is wrapped up warm inside a bitterly cold Twickenham. Here's his first flavour of what's going down in south-west London: From BBCBrynPalmer on Twitter: "Freezing temps but warm glow of anticipation among Eng fans heading to Twickers. Predictions? maybe Eng by 6pts, 27-21ish.."

1348: So what have we got? There's England looking to make it three wins out of four for November against a South Africa side smarting from defeat against Scotland last week. The Scots themselves are in Aberdeen to take on a dangerous Samoa, while not too much money is being placed on Wales to record a first win over New Zealand since 1953.

1345: Afternoon all and welcome to the final weekend of the autumn internationals. It might be cold out, but we've got some tip-top rugby action to keep us warm - and we need you to get involved like only you can. So text us on 81111 (UK only) or get stuck in to some debate on 606. Smashing.



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Autumn international photos
27 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
England 11-21 South Africa
27 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 19-16 Samoa
27 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Wales 25-37 New Zealand
27 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union


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