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International Round Up

Gloucester Rugby were well represented on the international stage last weekend with five Cherry and Whites playing for their countries across the globe.

Jonny May

Gloucester Rugby’s flying winger played a crucial role in England’s 22-19 victory over France to win the Autumn Nations Cup. It was not a vintage performance from England and Eddie Jones’ side needed a late try from Luke Cowan-Dickie to take the game to extra time. Owen Farrell slotted a penalty to clinch the win and England lifted the trophy in front of 2000 fans at Twickenham.

May continued his impressive Autumn campaign in the England shirt but wasn’t given many opportunities to attack in space. Instead, he played a key role chasing kicks and helped his side win a number of crucial penalties which were key to the win.

Louis Rees-Zammit

Louis Rees-Zammit has relished the chance to represent Wales in the Autumn Nations Cup and has used every opportunity he has been given to impress on the international stage.

Rees-Zammit was on the winning side in Wales’ 38-18 win over Italy and it was an electric attacking move from the winger which led to Sam Parry going over to score.

It was Rees-Zammit’s third consecutive start for Wales and he’ll hope for more international caps in 2021.

Stephen Varney

The young scrum-half made his first start for Italy against Wales on Saturday and he put in a performance to be proud of against the country of his birth.

Italy fell short and lost 38-18 to Wales but Varney should be happy with the shift he put in. His passing was quick and accurate and and there was a fast tempo to the Italian attack for much of the game.

The highlight of his game was a counter attack where Varney showed his pace and rugby skill to stay on his feet for an extra second or two to give his teammates time to come and give him support.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris is a consistent performer for Scotland and must be one of the first names on Gregor Townsend’s team sheet.

Harris has established himself as a key leader in the squad and his role in the midfield is vital to Scotland’s attack and defence every game.

Ireland beat Scotland 31-16 but were very much in the game until late in the second half.

Matias Alemanno

On the other side of the planet Matias Alemanno made 15 monstrous tackles in Argentina’s 16-16 draw with Australia in the Rugby Championship.

Alemanno was a key operator at the lineout and was a rock in defence but his side were unable to get the win which means that New Zealand were crowned the Try Nations champions.

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