Fifa has fined all four home nations for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers around Armistice Day. England and Scotland players wore armbands featuring the symbol when they met at Wembley on 11 November. Wales and Northern Ireland's respective games featured displays on the pitch or in the stands to mark the event. England have been fined 45,000 Swiss francs (£35,311), Scotland and Wales 20,000 Sfr (£15,694) and Northern Ireland 15,000 Sfr (£11,770). Fifa disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser said he "fully respected" the commemorations but stressed the rules "need to be applied to all member associations".
For three of the four home nations, Saturday's fixtures brought an end to their autumn Tests. Scotland capped an impressive month with a record-breaking 53-24 thumping of Australia. England saw off Samoa 48-14 to make it three wins from three in November, while Ireland's 28-19 victory over Argentina also secured a 100% record. But Wales, who play South Africa next week, slumped to a 30th consecutive defeat by the All Blacks as the world champions ran out 33-18 winners. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has found the on switch for this group of players.
The 2017 autumn internationals started with a bang on Saturday. Ireland were breaking records in their 38-3 victory over South Africa while England had Eddie Jones riled despite their 21-8 win over Argentina. I like to watch smart rugby and Ireland play exactly that. They produce clever rugby, with accuracy. They are a credit to the game.
The second round of autumn internationals did not disappoint. Scotland came agonisingly close to a first victory over world champions New Zealand but just fell short, losing 22-17 in dramatic style at Murrayfield. England completed a 30-6 demolition of Australia in wet conditions at Twickenham in a game full of controversy and drama. And having rung the changes, Ireland and Wales struggled against tier-two opposition. To even be close to New Zealand, you've got to be at your very best and on Saturday, Scotland were.