NEW YORK, NY - The Autumn Internationals essentially came to an end this weekend (except for 1 or 2 next week)... and what a way for them to end! We're still in shock from what transpired in Dublin... Anyway, along with the Aviva Premiership and Rabodirect Pro 12 fired up again, there was plenty 'o action. much action. So without further adieu, let’s get into the Weekend Rugby Wrap Up. Autumn Internationals: The majority of the games this weekend were incredibly close, each for vastly different reasons... France ran South Africa close for most of the match but an inability to click when in the attacking 22 hurt them. Wales won a slugfest in a physical encounter with a fiery Tonga side. Rugby's kissing cousins Italy and Argentina faced off in a tense affair that saw Argentina fight for the victory. Global superpowers and rugby minnows USA and Russia duked it out in London. The match was a comfortable victory for the Americans. As soon as the video emerges, expect our usual match review and Rugby Rain Man Collective analysis. Scotland had their winning streak against Australia come to an end. It was extremely painful because they had victory in their sights. Samoa traveled to Eastern Europe to face Georgia and got a big shock as the Georgians scraped by them for the victory. Romania was denied an undefeated season by Fiji who traveled to Bucharest and put the Romanians to the sword. Meanwhile, Canada enjoyed the warmth of Lisbon and hammered our friend Pedro Leal‘s Portugal. Japan did likewise to Spain. On Sunday, the unstoppable force known as The Blackness, the AIG New Zealand All Blacks, descended upon Dublin to face Ireland... Declan Yeats' boys gave them all they could handle and were winning by 5 in extra time before a late AB converted try in the corner allowed the All Blacks to be the first national team in the professional era to finish a calendar year undefeated and untied. But that recap doesn't tell the story. You need to watch this epic match. It is simply stunning. Here are this weekend's results: Fri - 22 NOV 2013 Wales 17 - 7 Tonga Sat - 23 NOV 2013 Italy 14 - 19 Argentina Scotland 15 - 21 Australia France 10 - 19 South Africa Russia 7 - 24 USA Portugal 8 - 52 Canada Spain 7 - 40 Japan Georgia 16 - 15 Samoa Romania 7 - 26 Fiji Sun - 24 NOV 2013 Ireland 22 - 24 New Zealand Aviva Premiership: Our East Midlands Machiavellian rugger, Nick Hall will cover this in depth, so check back with him... Sale had a resounding win at home against Worcester, firming up Worcester's position in the relegation zone... England captain, Chris Robshaw returned to club duty and led Harlequins over Gloucester... Leicester dispatched London Irish and Exeter came up short at home against Saracens... Northampton shutout Newcastle and Bath saw off Wasps with ease. The Bath victory will make the George Ford/Kyle Eastmond situation even more interesting... again look for Nick. Here are this weekend's results: Fri - 22nd Nov 13 Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester Sat - 23rd Nov 13 Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle Sun - 24th Nov 13 Wasps 5 - 28 Bath Rabodirect Pro 12: The Pro 12 was back on with a full slate of matches. Edinburgh were slaughtered by Ulster, Newport-Gwent had no trouble on the road at Glasgow, Ospreys handled Zebre, while Connacht were unlucky at home against Scarlets. The mighty men of Munster were too much for the Cardiff Blues in Cardiff and Leinster just edged by Italian side Treviso. Here are this weekend's results: Fri - 22nd Nov 13 Ulster 41 - 17 Edinburgh Glasgow 8 - 23 Newport Gwent Dragons Sat - 23rd Nov 13 Ospreys 30 - 20 Zebre Connacht 21 - 24 Scarlets Cardiff Blues 10 - 31 Munster Sun - 24th Nov 13 Benetton Treviso 20 - 21 Leinster Tier 3 Action: In the ENC this week, we have nothing but a tour match. Andorra welcomed Denmark and they were able to handle the guests with very little trouble. Here are this weekend's results: Sat - 23 NOV 2013 Andorra 22 - 11 Denmark The Autumn internationals is fond of tri-nation rugby tournaments. Following in the steps of the Serendib Cup, the TRNT, and The Victoria Cup we have another contest. RWU has bestowed upon it the name SlAzTuR Cup, it features the first two letters of the 3 teams involved, Slovakia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with R for Rugby at the end. With Slovakia defeating Azerbaijan the first weekend and Turkey beating Azerbaijan in the midweek. The final match became the championship and it saw Turkey absolutely crush hosts Slovakia for the title. Here are this weekend's results: Sat - 23 NOV 2013 Slovakia 3 - 55 Turkey Quick Tap: Thanksgiving 7s Tournaments: If you are in the New York City area next weekend, you should definitely treat yourself to watching the New York 7s. Don't be surprised to see Johnathan Wicklow Barberie running around. This year the tournament is hosted by AIG Rugby. This wing of the insurance company AIG is dedicated to supporting the growth of youth rugby and rugby in general throughout the USA and around the world, hence bringing the Maori All Blacks to the USA. In accordance with this mission, AIG Rugby and the New York Rugby Club ask that you bring your children out for the day and have them participate in the Rookie Rugby Program. Here is the link to enter - http://newyorkrugbysevens.com/2013/10/enter-rookie-rugby/. In addition, please pass the info on to anyone you know who may want to have their child/children participate. If you can’t make to the New York 7s, you should check out the Niagara Wasps Rugby Tournament in Niagara, Ontario. The tournament is being run by one of my great rugby friends, Caleb Smith. If you can’t make either Tournament or want to play a tournament before you get to New York, I recommend you play the JAS 7s in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia. The tournament honors the memory of Josias A. Sterling, a young HS rugby player that lost his life when he was pulled out to sea unexpectedly while with his friends at the beach. Young Josias couldn't swim, so the proceeds for this tournament benefit the Josias A. Sterling Foundation, an organization started in the Philadelphia area teaching young men and women to swim. That’s it for now… feel free to comment below, look for and “Like” our Facebook Rugby Wrap Up Page and follow us on Twitter @: RugbyWrapUp, Junoir Blaber, DJ Eberle, Nick Hall, James Harrington, Cody Kuxmann, Jaime Loyd and Declan Yeats, respectively. And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.