Gloucester Rugby had representation in six international fixtures over the weekend with seven Cherry and White players in the Autumn Nations Series.
Mark Atkinson came on off the bench to make his England debut with Jonny May scoring two tries as Eddie Jones’ side defeated Tonga 69-3 at Twickenham on Saturday.
Atkinson was a late call up after Owen Farrell was ruled out of the game due to a positive covid test and came onto the field in the second half to join his Gloucester Rugby teammate, May, who went over for two spectacular tries as England got over the line 11 times against the Pacific Island nation.
Stephen Varney started at scrum-half as Italy hosted New Zealand, losing 47-9 to the All Blacks.
Varney provided a good service from the breakdown, distributing quick ball in attack but ultimately the All Blacks were too strong.
Louis Rees-Zammit’s Wales lost 18-23 to South Africa in a wet, physical test match at the Principality Stadium. It was a close fought match with Rees-Zammit being denied an early try after good cover defence from Siya Kolisi and Herschel Jantjies.
Wales led for 73 minutes thanks to six Dan Biggar penalties before South Africa’s replacement hooker Malcolm Marx scored the winning try.
Santiago Carreras lined up at fly-half in Argentina’s 29-20 loss to France on Saturday evening. Making 57 metres in attack, the Gloucester Rugby back looked comfortable in his new position and added some creativity to the back line.
With accurate kicks from hand, Argentina were in the game right up until the final whistle but were unable to get over the try line when it counted.
Scotland were the victors in a narrow 15-13 victory over Australia on Sunday at Murrayfield.
Starting at outside centre, Chris Harris had another strong defensive display, making 10 tackles missing none.
It was a tense affair going right down to the wire with Adam Hastings coming on off the bench to help secure the historic win for the Scots, their third consecutive victory.
Kirill Gotovtsev started at tighthead prop for Russia in their Rugby Europe fixture against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.
Russia went into the break with a 14-0 lead, and backed up that strong first-half showing in second half as well, completing a 14-35 victory.