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Predictions for the July internationals: England to end their drought in New Zealand, Ireland to face defeat

The July internationals get underway tomorrow morning, and there are four huge games for the home nations across the globe. 

The action gets underway in New Zealand, as England prepare to face Scott Robertson’s All Blacks team. Swiftly after, Warren Gatland’s Wales face Australia in Joe Schmidt’s maiden game in charge of the Wallabies.

We then venture across to South Africa, as Ireland prepare to take on the Springboks, before completing the day’s rugby in North America as Scotland face Canada.

With so many different variables coming into the games, there are by no means guaranteed wins for either side, but who is likely to come out on top? Here are our predictions for the opening games of the July internationals.

July international predictions: England to end drought in New Zealand, defeat for Ireland

England 21-17 New Zealand

England to beat New Zealand in their first of two July internationals? Credit: IMAGO

This really could be England opportunity to win in New Zealand. Steve Borthwick’s touring party have already been together for around a month, and more importantly have played a game. On the flip-side, Robertson’s All Blacks will still be getting to know one other and learning his systems too.

It’s not a guarantee of victory by any means, but it seems it’s their best shot to win in New Zealand.

South Africa 28-15 Ireland

Jesse Kriel scoring for South Africa-Credit: IMAGO

The Springboks haven’t hidden their brewing hatred (maybe a bit strong) of Ireland, and it should see them over the line.

The power of the South African scrum was on full display against Wales last time out, and the way the Stormers dismantled this particular starting front-row (albeit in club form) should fill them with confidence. And they’re a dangerous beast when confident.

Playing the Boks at home is never pleasant, but it could be a tough day at the office for Andy Farrell’s men.

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Australia 26-19 Wales

Australia vs Wales RWC 2023-Credit: IMAGO

Both teams come into this series needing some wins, but home advantage could help Australia edge a win over Wales. The Wallabies, now under the control of Joe Schmidt, will have revenge on their minds following the World Cup defeat, but this series also gives them an opportunity to give the sport in the country a much-needed boost ahead of the Lions series next year.

Again, both teams have opted to blood some new faces, and test out new combinations, but it still points to an Australian win.

Scotland 42-10 Canada

Huw celebrate try vs Ireland-Credit: IMAGO

Scotland simply have to get four wins from four this summer, and this opening fixture against Canada gives them a great chance to get things off to a good start. Gregor Townsend has gone quite experimental with his selections, compared to his normal selections, but debutants Arron Reid and Gus Warr have been in decent form for Sale Sharks before the end of the season.

Elsewhere there will be players like Josh Bayliss keen to prove a point to be back involved on a regular basis.

There is also some decent experience mixed in too, with Rory Sutherland in the starting squad and Matt Faegerson and Kyle Steyn the headline names on the bench.

Scotland should win comfortably.

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