Australia to play twice at Twickenham

16th Apr 2014, 15:06

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RWC prep: Australia

RWC prep: Australia

The ARU has announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 November Tour, including facing Six Nations champions Ireland.

The ARU has announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 November Tour, including facing Six Nations champions Ireland and next year's Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary.

The tour will also include matches against the Barbarians (for the first time since 2011), Wales at the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium as well as France in Paris.

Head Coach Ewen McKenzie will be looking for the trip to be as successful as last year's tour.

After narrowly losing to England at Twickenham, Australia embarked on a four-match winning run making it the most successful tour since 2008.

On the 2013 Spring Tour, the Qantas Wallabies defeated Italy in Turin (50-20), Ireland in Dublin (32-15), Scotland at Murrayfield (21-15) and most memorably Wales in Cardiff (30-26).

Fixtures:

Saturday, 1 November: Barbarians v Wallabies, Twickenham, London
Saturday, 8 November: Wales v Wallabies, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Saturday, 15 November: France v Wallabies, Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, 22 November: Ireland v Wallabies, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Saturday, 29 November: England v Wallabies, Twickenham, London
*All kick off times TBC

"Last year's tour was the most successful in five years for the Wallabies and we'll be looking to improve on that come November," said McKenzie.

"With the Rugby World Cup just a year away in England, we have scheduled five games against five teams that will bring a different style to each.

"We've got England and Wales in our pool for the Rugby World Cup and big improvers in France and Ireland, who just won the Six Nations. That will be a good challenge for us.

"We'll also get a chance to play two games at Twickenham - the venue where two of our pool games will take place - as part of a tour that should help further our preparations ahead of the World Cup."