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IRFU Confirm Ireland’s Autumn Tests For 2016

Ireland will face off against New Zealand and Australia at the Aviva Stadium in 11 months time. Ireland will be presented with an opportunity to exact revenge for the heartbreaking 2013 loss at the same venue against the All-Blacks. This will be a number of weeks after they face the world champions in Chicago.

Ireland will open their international window against New Zealand in the ‘Windy City’, before returning to Dublin for a tie against a currently unnamed Tier 2 nation.

They will then face the All-Blacks on 19th November before closing against the Wallabies on the 26th.

On the IRFU website, CEO Philip Browne spoke of his delight at the prospect of welcoming both Rugby World Cup finalists to Dublin.

“We again have a very attractive GUINNESS Series to look forward to in 2016. New Zealand return to Ireland for the first time since that incredible game in 2013 and Australia have shown that they are one of the most exciting and effective teams in world rugby after winning the Rugby Championship and finishing runner-up at this year’s Rugby World Cup.”

If the game in Chicago is in any way close, the return leg in Lansdowne Road will be something to savour, as Joe Schmidt’s side chase a first ever win against the All-Blacks.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.