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Ireland will play Australia in three-Test series next summer

Joe Schmidt’s side are set to visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in June.

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony celebrates their win over the Wallabies in 2016.
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony celebrates their win over the Wallabies in 2016.
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IRELAND ARE HEADING to Australia to face the Wallabies in a summer series next June.

Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will host Joe Schmidt’s men in three Tests, it was announced today by Irish president Michael D Higgins during his state visit Down Under.

The sides last met in November of last year, when Ireland claimed a 27-24 win at the Aviva Stadium. It is also seven years since Ireland visited Australia.

“The rivalry between the two nations has grown enormously in recent years with some memorable encounters,” said Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO Bill Pulver.

With a huge number of Irish expats living in Australia, Ireland will enjoy strong support when they are here for matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.”

“The IRFU are delighted to tour Australia in June 2018,” added IRFU CEO Philip Browne.

“Games involving Ireland and Australia are always great occasions and this is will be an exciting tour. The Irish diaspora are renowned for supporting the Irish team when they visit their new homes so we know there will be a party atmosphere to match the world class rugby.”

Australia-Ireland 2018 series

  • Saturday, 9 June – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Saturday, 16 June – AAMI Park, Melbourne
  • Saturday, 23 June – Allianz Stadium, Sydney

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