Five Saints were on international duty yesterday across the globe as the Summer internationals well and truly got underway.
First up for the day was Australia v Fiji. With Saints' forward pair Campese Ma'afu and Api Ratuniyarawa among the Fijian 23, the Pacific Islanders fought hard against their hosts but fell 37-14 to a strong Australian effort.
Next came the turn of George North and the British and Irish Lions as they faced the Crusaders in Christchurch. With their opposition as yet unbeaten and holding a host of All Blacks, North's first cap of the 2017 tour became a hard fought one. Though the Saints wingers was nearly over in the game's opening minutes, it turned into a battle of the kickers as the game ended 12-3 in the Lions favour.
For the final game of Saturday all eyes turned to San Juan, Argentina as England prepared to tackle their hosts in the first test. Captained by Dylan Hartley, a relatively young England side found themselves with a tough test on their hands. Trailing for most of the match, it was a try assist from soon-to-be Saint and England debutant Piers Francis that let George Ford through to level things before Denny Solomona scored late to end the match 31-38 to England.
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