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The Wallabies are coming to Dublin next year as part of their 'Grand Slam' tour

Plus there are reports of two Tests against the All Blacks…

Can Ireland deny Australia a first Grand Slam in 32 years?
Can Ireland deny Australia a first Grand Slam in 32 years?
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IRELAND WILL HOST Australia next November as part of the Wallabies’ five-Test ‘Grand Slam’ tour.

The World Cup runners-up have announced a mouth-watering Northern hemisphere schedule which includes a date at the Aviva Stadium on 26 November.

The game looks set to be the final part of a busy November window for Ireland. This morning, The Irish Times’ Gerry Thornley reported that Joe Schmidt’s side will play New Zealand in Chicago’s Soldier Field on 5 November, before a return Test in Dublin on 19 November.

Australia’s tour will mark the 10th time that the Wallabies have attempted a clean sweep of Britain and Ireland, a feat which they have only achieved once — back in 1984.

They begin their historic bid against Wales on 5 November before taking on Scotland and France on 12 and 19 November.

They then travel to Dublin before heading to England for their fifth and final Test on 3 December.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: “The Grand Slam is one of the rarest achievements in the game and has been a notoriously difficult one for the Wallabies over time with only one successful attempt out of nine.

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“The 1984 team etched their names into Australian Rugby folklore and as the years have passed their achievement has become more legendary. It is a great opportunity for the 2016 Qantas Wallabies to create their own slice of history.”

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