Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Charlie Sharples scored two tries to help England rout Fiji 54-12 in the opening game of its autumn international rugby schedule.
Manu Tuilagi also touched down twice as England outscored Fiji seven tries to two at Twickenham in London.
Argentina upset Wales 26-12, France beat Australia 33-6, South Africa beat Ireland 16-12 and Italy defeated Tonga 28-23 in today’s other games.
The autumn series of matches in Europe will affect the seedings for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The International Rugby Board rankings as of Dec. 3 will be used to band the 12 automatic qualifiers in the 20-team tournament in England, with the first four placed at the top of the four five-team groups.
Ugo Monye and Tom Johnson touched down for England, which also got a penalty try, and Toby Flood kicked 17 points. Nikola Matawalu and Seko Kalu scored tries for Fiji, which trailed 25-0 at halftime.
In Cardiff, Juan Jose Imhoff and Gonazlo Camacho scored the only tries as Argentina rallied in the second half to beat Wales. Nicolas Sanchez kicked 13 points for the visitors, who outscored Wales 20-3 after the break.
Frederik Michalak kicked 15 points to France past Australia in Paris. Louis Picamoles and Wesley Fofana touched down for France, while Mike Harris booted a pair of penalties for Australia.
Ruan Pienaar scored the game’s only try and Pat Lambie kicked 11 points as South Africa rallied from a 12-3 halftime deficit to beat Ireland in Dublin. Jonathan Sexton kicked four penalties for the Irish.
Lorenzo Cittadini and Leonardo Ghiraldini touched down to lead Italy past Tonga in Rome. Kristopher Burton kicked three penalty goals for the host, while Alisona Taumalolo and Fettu Vainikolo scored tries for Tonga.
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