For most, this weekend marks the final round of fixtures in the end-of-year internationals.
Every team aside from Wales and South Africa, who face off a week on Saturday, bring the curtain down on their respective 2017 schedules on Saturday.
The world champion All Blacks face Wales in Cardiff, Scotland take on Australia while England and Ireland have the markedly less imposing tasks of attempting to defeat Samoa and Argentina respectively.
France will be heavily favoured to end their year with a victory over Japan and here, with the help of Opta data, we take a statistical look at this weekend's fixtures.
England v Samoa
Off-the-field concerns have dominated Samoa's build-up to their internationals, with their governing body said to have gone bankrupt, a claim disputed by World Rugby.
And they are unlikely to find much in the way of solace at Twickenham, with England having won all seven of their Test meetings by 13 points or more, and coming off a somewhat flattering 30-6 win over Australia.
Should England prevail, it will be their 200th win at Twickenham, and see them become the first team to win as many games at a single venue. A shock Samoa triumph would be their 100th in Test rugby.
France v Japan
France can put some of the pain of defeats to New Zealand and South Africa behind him against the Brave Blossoms, who they have faced three times previous, winning each by an average margin of 20 points.
Though they triumphed on French soil against Tonga last time out, Japan have history against them. France have not lost three successive home games since 1999.
Japan are in form on their travels, though, losing just three of their last 13 matches away from home since the beginning of the 2015 World Cup.
Ireland v Argentina
Wing Adam Byrne will win his first cap for Ireland as they look to gain some measure of revenge on Argentina, who beat them in their most recent meeting in the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
That loss was Ireland's first in six games against Argentina, who ended a run of seven consecutive defeats on the road, their joint worst such run in Test history, by beating Italy last week.
Hooker Rory Best will start in Dublin and is set to surpass John Hayes as Ireland's second most capped forward behind Paul O'Connell (108 caps). Best will move onto 106 Test appearances.
Scotland v Australia
Games between Scotland and Australia have been typically even affairs in recent years. Each team has won three of the last six meetings, with all of those games being decided by less than a converted try and half of them settled by just one point.
But at Murrayfield Scotland have struggled against the Wallabies. Three of their last four wins over the Wallabies have come in Australia. By contrast, they have lost 10 of their last 11 home games with Australia.
The hosts have scored at least one try in each of their last 13 games, only on three occasions have Scotland embarked on a longer such run.
Wales v New Zealand
The All Blacks will be without skipper Kieran Read because of a back injury, as New Zealand look to extend their winning run against Wales to 30 matches.
New Zealand have triumphed in their last 15 games against Wales in Cardiff, with nine of the last 11 victories in that streak coming by at least 12 points.
Both the British and Irish Lions and Australia have beaten New Zealand in 2017. Should Wales prevail, it will mark the first time since 2009 that they have lost more two games in a calendar year.
8 - The @AllBlacks have been given 8 yellow cards in 2017, all to different players. Sinners.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 18, 2017
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