November Tests: Who said what


England vs. Australia

Wales vs. Georgia

Scotland vs. New Zealand

Ireland vs. Fiji


England 30-6 Australia

Eddie Jones — England Head Coach

“Seeing most of the commentary last week was about us going backwards at a rate of knots, not a bad win.

“It was a tough old game, there wasn’t much in it. We got the bounce of the ball a few times, but we stuck at it.

“We always back ourselves to play out 80 minutes. At half-time we thought we were in a good position. They had a good 20 minutes after half-time, but we came back really well.”

Dylan Hartley — England Captain

“The confidence is really growing in the team. We’re still chasing down that No. 1 spot.”

Michael Hooper — Australia Captain

“It got away from us at the end, we were right in that.”

Wales 13-6 Georgia

Dan Lydiate — Wales Captain

“It was a tale of two halves. In the second half there were a lot of errors, a lot of stoppages.

“We weren’t clinical enough in the second half.

“We’re happy with the win, but the nerves were going at the end.”

“Some of the young boys really shone today.”

Scotland 17-22 New Zealand

John Barclay — Scotland captain

“The amount of work that has gone into that, from one to 23…we’re gutted to be honest. Gutted we lost, but very proud of the effort. That’s one that got away.

“It’s disappointing but we have to look at the positives, because that’s one of the best teams in world sport, not just rugby. What we’ve done is pretty good, we’ve got to finish the job off next week (against Australia).”

Stuart Hogg — Scotland fullback

“We firmly believed all week. The challenge was tough, we were aware of that and just came up short. You don’t get to play these games on many occasions against the world’s best and to come up just short is bloody disappointing.”

Kieran Read — New Zealand captain

“(Hogg) is a dangerous player, isn’t he?” he said. Luckily we’ve got a quick player too in Beauden Barrett. It was fantastic scrambling from both sides.

“It was a massive challenge, and we certainly knew it was going to be that way. They came out firing and threw the ball around. It’s what Test match rugby is all about and I really enjoyed it.”

Ireland 23-20 Fiji

Stuart McCloskey — Ireland centre

“We were lucky to get away with the win there.

“Right now he (Ireland boss Schmidt) will be happy we’ve got the win. He’ll be looking back at a lot of mistakes and lot of turnovers.

“They were great at the breakdown, but we knew that coming in. We just didn’t perform at the breakdown as we would have liked.”

Leone Nakarawa — Fiji lock

“Today it was a disappointing game for us.

“We didn’t play to our strengths. We didn’t play to our system and that’s a result that’s disappointing today.”