Gloucester Rugby International Round-Up

It was a good week for Gloucester Rugby’s international contingent, despite the club’s 24-20 defeat against Saracens. The club had four players out on international duty around the world and here’s how they got on…

Jonny May:

England’s lightning winger was on the scoresheet once more as he continued his international resurgence under Eddie Jones. After a year on the sidelines through injury, he’s made a try-scoring return for the Red Rose during the autumn internationals.

After his try against South Africa two weeks ago, he scored again during England’s 27-14 win over Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday. England went down to 14-men in the opening minutes after Elliott Daly’s sending off for a high tackle.

However, Eddie Jones’ side remained steadfast and May’s try in the closing stages made sure of victory, showing the Argentina defence a clean set of heels before scoring in the corner.

It wasn’t a weekend without fault for May, though, as he found himself covering as a flanker in the closing stages of the match with rather comical results…

Greig Laidlaw

Scotland’s captain experienced a good end to his autumn international duty as Scotland defeated Georgia 43-16 in Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The scrum-half kicked five conversions and one penalty in another impeccable display from the tee. His tidy play-making abilities flourished against one of world rugby’s lesser nations as the Scots ran in five tries. Hopefully for Cherry and Whites fans he can carry this winning form back to Kingsholm.

Ross Moriarty

The 22-year-old started at number 8 once more for Wales as they convincingly beat South Africa 27-13 at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. The younster put in another impeccable display for his country, making lots of carries and tackles.

At half-time he was moved to blind-side flanker as Justin Tipuric was stretchered off and Toby Faletau came on at 8. His tenacious display continued as Wales cruised to victory against an awful South Africa side.

David Halaifonua

David Halaifonua (red) is brought down by the Italy defence during Tonga's 19-17 victory
David Halaifonua (red) is brought down by the Italy defence during Tonga’s 19-17 victory

The full-back started for Tonga as they defeated Italy 19-17 in Padua on Saturday. Halaifonua played an hour for the Pacific Island side before he was replaced by Worcester’s Cooper Vuna. A last-gasp penalty sealed victory for ʻIkale Tahi as they brought an impressive autumn to close.

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