England overcame a shocking first half when their experimental side trailed an effervescent Japan 15-10 to turn on the power after the break and run out somewhat flattering 35-15 winners in a classic game of two halves.
Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 18 points to provide the platform for a narrow 26-20 win for South Africa over hosts Scotland in their test at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Replacement fullback Dan Biggar kicked a late penalty as Wales claimed a first success in 14 games over nemesis Australia with an error-filled 9-6 win.
England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remaining November internationals with an ankle injury but Manu Tuilagi looks set to face New Zealand at Twickenham at the weekend.
Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick of tries and lock Tadhg Beirne two as Joe Schmidt's side hammered Italy 54-7 in Chicago.
Wales winger George North and centre Jonathan Davies scored tries as they earned a scrappy 21-10 victory over Scotland.
England withstood an early onslaught and come back to beat South Africa 12-11 with four penalties in a topsy-turvy test at Twickenham.
Former Hurricanes flanker Blade Thomson has been fast-tracked into the Scotland rugby squad for their autumn internationals.
Australia recovered from a disastrous first half to score five second half tries and record the second largest comeback in test match history against the Pumas today .
Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a try in the opening 25 seconds as South Africa kept up their Rugby Championship momentum with a 23-12 victory over Australia.
Danny Cipriani has been left out of England's training squad for next week's training camp in Bristol.
Players and supporters at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year have been warned they should cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph says his side have freed themselves from their fear of failure and are capable of securing an historic quarter-final berth in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell will report for duty on Sunday in his new role as England defence coach, South African newspaper Die Burger reports.
Michael Cheika's Wallabies side have dropped to an all-time low on the World Rugby rankings following Saturday's defeat to Argentina.
Australia's season teetered on the brink of chaos on Saturday after an angry fan tussled with flanker Lukhan Tui in the stands in the wake of a loss to Argentina on the Gold Coast.
Argentina beat the Wallabies in Australia for the first time since 1983 with a 23-19 victory on the Gold Coast on Saturday that gave them two Rugby Championship wins in one season for the first time.