Launchbury wins his first England cap
Paul Emerick won his 52nd cap in the double header opener against rivals Russia which saw the US winning convincingly 40-26 in the IRB International Series in Wales.
Emerick was a key figure in attack throughout the game, almost setting up an early try with a superb break from inside his own half. Paul is now the USA’s most capped back ever.
Zak Taulafo captained his side Samoa to a 42-12 victory against Canada in the same tournament, showing that they will be up for the challenge of upsetting Wales this weekend when they face off on Friday night in Cardiff.
Italy kicked off their November test series with a tough 28-23 win over Tonga which saw Andrea Masi starting at fullback.
Meanwhile at Twickenham, Tom Palmer started in the second-row for England against Fiji in a record breaking 54-12 win and 21-year old Joe Launchbury came off the bench, replacing Palmer to win his first cap for England.
Launchbury rose to the occasion, making one excellent break down the right flank late into the game much to the excitement of a packed Twickenham stadium.
This weekend Tinus Du Plessis will join the international action as he heads off play against Spain with Namibia.