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Autumn Internationals Preview: 26 November 2022

The final Autumn Internationals of 2022 take place on Saturday, as Wales face a massive challenge against Australia, while England take on the might of World Champions South Africa. For more on what we can expect from these mouth-watering fixtures, read on.

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Wales v Australia (3:15pm)

2022 hasn't been a great year for Wales. Wayne Pivac's side have notched just three wins from 11 games and the head coach has come under tremendous pressure after his side's shock 13-12 defeat at home to Georgia last week. 

With former players including Jamie Roberts, Sam Warburton and Neil Jenkins putting the boot in after that dismal performance, the feeling is that the New Zealander needs to mastermind a win over Australia if he's to lead Wales into next year's World Cup.

And while this isn't a vintage Wallabies side, their performance in Dublin last Saturday night showed they at least have grit. 

Despite a mounting injury list, Australia managed to keep the world's number-one-ranked side tryless for more than an hour and had the scores level as late as the 76th minute, when Ross Byrne's penalty sealed a 13-10 victory for Ireland. 

So this won't be easy for Wales. And to add an extra complication into the mix, they'll be without English-based stars Louis Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Tommy Reffell, Christ Tshiunza and Dafydd Jenkins as the match falls outside World Rugby's international window. 

If Pivac can summon up a victory, it may well be the biggest of his coaching career.

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England v South Africa (5.30pm)

With 70 minutes on the clock during their game against New Zealand last week, England fans were not happy.

Their team was 25-6 down having been completely overrun by the All Blacks from the get-go. And, given their side's recent results, some supporters had even started calling for coach Eddie Jones' head. 

But then England did the unthinkable, tying the game with three tries in the final eight minutes — two scored by super-sub Will Stuart.

And now the mood is high ahead of what promises to be a bruising clash with South Africa, in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final. 

On that occasion, the Springboks completely overpowered their opponents, winning 32-12. But only three of the star performers from that victory — Eben Etzebeth, Makazole Mapimpi and Faf De Klerk — will line up at Twickenham on Saturday. 

That said, it's never an easy game against South Africa. So Jones will be hoping that debutant Tommy Freeman, who starts on the wing, and experienced forward duo Mako Vunipola and Jamie George — who come in for Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie – can help his side start faster than they did last weekend. 

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