Scotland to host Australia, Georgia

Date published: December 18 2015

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Scotland have the chance to avenge their last-minute defeat to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, one year on in the 2016 November Tests at Murrayfield next November.

The Scots will face the Wallabies for the first time since the breathless 35-34 defeat at Twickenham, in the first of the traditional three-Test series that begins on Saturday, November 12.

Next up will be World Cup semi-finalists Argentina on Saturday, November 19, before the Scots complete the sequence with an historic Test against Georgia on Saturday, November 26.

Last November’s Test against the Pumas saw the hosts run in four tries to win 41-31 and complete a 2014 home and away double under the, then, newly appointed head coach Vern Cotter.

The final match in the series will see Georgia play a touring Test match in Scotland for the first time, with the sides meeting just once previously – stand-off Dan Parks the sole contributor in Scotland’s 15-6 win in the Rugby World Cup 2011, with four penalties and a trademark drop-goal.

Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: “We’re delighted to confirm three very exciting matches for November 2016: World Cup finalists, Australia; World Cup semi-finalists Argentina; and an historic first Test on Scottish soil against Georgia.

“We have had many fantastic matches against Australia and Argentina at Murrayfield in the past and we’re looking forward to more of the same when they come to Edinburgh next year.

"The Georgians won over thousands of new fans with their performances in the Rugby World Cup, defeating Namibia and Tonga to take them from tournament debutants in 2003 to securing automatic qualification as one of the top 12 teams in RWC 2019. I'm sure they'll get a great reception when they come to Scotland for the first time for this historic Test."

2016 November Tests

Saturday, November 12: Scotland v Australia, Murrayfield (kick-off tbc)
Saturday, November 19: Scotland v Argentina, Murrayfield (kick-off tbc)
Saturday, November 26: Scotland v Georgia, location and kick-off tbc

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