Rugby Union, Autumn Internationals 2017.
Unfortunately, summer is coming to an end, however, with the change of season, the Rugby Union calendar steps up a notch and we are expecting great things from the home nations. In this post, we’ll be summarising form, style icons & our star player predictions!
Autumn tests fixtures
England vs. South Africa 12/11/16
England vs. Fiji 19/11/16
England vs. Argentina 26/11/16
England vs. Australia 3/12/16
Wales vs. Australia 5/11/16
Wales vs. Argentina 12/11/16
Wales vs. Japan 19/11/16
Wales vs. South Africa 26/11/16
New Zealand vs. Ireland 5/11/16
Ireland vs. Canada 11/11/16
Ireland vs. New Zealand 19/11/16
Ireland vs. Australia 26/11/16
Scotland vs. Australia 12/11/16
Scotland vs. Argentina 19/11/16
Scotland vs. Georgia 26/11/16
In from an enigmatic 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies “down under” and 2016 Grand slam champions, Eddie Jones and his men are surely cruising into the tests as the ‘team to beat’.
Momentum in sport is everything and the current England squad have that in abundance. Providing they can keep injury and fatigue free in the run-up to the tests, England will welcome the Springboks into Twickenham with an expectant home crowd!
One To Watch
Billy Vunipola was the English talisman last season and has firmly cemented himself in the No.8 slot. We’re expecting big things from the young man again this year.
English Style Icon – Idris Elba
The undisputed King of Cool! For a man with a darker complexion, a light coloured fabric will wear impeccably. Here, he has balanced the ivory checked suit with a patterned tie and pocket square – oozing with class and sophistication. For this look, we suggest the new Loro Piana Abitti collection available in store, a beautiful collection with diverse designs and as the name suggests, able to be worn all year round.
Runners-up in the RBS Six Nations 2016 and always a physical team, coupled with their fluid running, Wales will want to put the summer tests behind them and look forward to welcoming the Rugby fraternity back to Cardiff to the intimidating Millennium stadium for what will be a true ‘Clash of the Titans’ against the Wallabies.
The Welsh squad will be fired-up in front of the home crowd and ready to show the world they are still a force to be reckoned with – Result, Wales 3 wins 1 loss.
One To Watch
The man, the myth, the LEGEND that is Dr Jamie Roberts. A doctor, a musician, Cambridge masters student and of course a rugby powerhouse! Expect to see ‘Lazarus” demolishing the opposition line reminiscent of the Bulls in Pamplona!!
Welsh Style Icon – Taron Egerton
Gone are the days of a pin strip suit being the reserve of the bank manager or your 75 year-old Grandfather. Taron pulls off this suit with ease. The ultimate British signature of a double-breasted jacket and an Oxford shoe. To get this look – we suggest the Dugdale’s Royal Classic collection to be worn with a pair of Loakes. Come in and ask one our of tailors to get you this look.
The boys in green will be looking to their new crop of young talent to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the senior class to get back to dominating the International scene. Transition of a squad is always tough, but nobody can deny Joe Schmitt handled the outgoing stalwarts such as O’Drisscoll and O’Connell with focus and kept the squad motivated throughout.
The Irish will need to bring their aerial game, the power and ruthless aggression they are famous for to combat the Everest that is New Zealand.
Result Ireland – 2 wins 2 defeats.
One To Watch
Sean O’Brien. Providing he recovers from his hamstring injury, the ‘Tullow Tank’ will be front and centre putting the fear of God into anyone who comes near him. The UNIT measurement does not give this man justice!
Irish style icon – Michael Fassbender
Michael pulls off the three piece dinner suit very well. The ideal cloth for this look is Dormeuil Amadeus. With a slight gloss a medium weight, this cloth is perfect for any occasion. Team this cloth with a Horseshoe waistcoat to complete the look.
No longer are Scotland an ‘easy win’, with Gregor Townsend set to take over the reigns in 2017 and the infallible Stuart Hogg in the form of his life – the coming test matches will be an explosive mixture of power and a tactical overhaul giving us an insight into the very exciting future of Scottish Rugby.
Result Scotland – 2 Defeats 1 Win
One To Watch
Stuart Hogg. RBS Six Nations player of the tournament by popular vote for a reason – he is a commanding threat; skilful and dangerous with ball in hand. With the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour around the corner he will be looking to demonstrate how good he really is for the very competitive Full-Back slot.
Style Icon – Gerard Butler
He’s certainly on your wife or girlfriend’s “top 3” list. So if you can’t beat him, let’s join him. This ensemble of a casual jacket/jeans will allow you to work and play in both formal and relaxed settings, a staple for any man to look effortlessly classy. Our exciting range of jeans/chinos and casual jackets will get you here… No comment on the ‘Top 3” list.