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The evergreen Israel Folau

John Griffiths December 30, 2013
Israel Folau enjoyed a remarkable 2013 © Getty Images
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Who played most minutes during the 2013 autumn internationals? Colin Buckley, England

Australia played most Tests (five) during the recent round of autumn Tests, featuring every weekend in November. They lost (13-20) to England on November 2 before beating Italy (50-20), Ireland (32-15), Scotland (21-15) and Wales (30-26) on successive Saturdays.

The only player who was on the field for the entire series - 400 minutes - was their full-back, Israel Folau. Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen pushed him a close second, clocking up 390 minutes. He completed the first four Tests - against England, Italy, Ireland and Scotland - and was on the field for the first 70 minutes of the Welsh Test in Cardiff. He was replaced by Dave Dennis for the last ten minutes of that final game.

Six other Wallabies, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, James Horwill and Michael Hooper, started every Test.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.
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