Wales set for July Test Tour of Australia as Joe Schmidt takes charge

Posted : 09 February 2024

Wales is set for a two-Test tour of Australia in July, with Sydney's Allianz Stadium hosting the first international match on July 6, followed by a visit to Melbourne's AAMI Park seven days later. Warren Gatland will lead his team against the Wallabies in what will be Joe Schmidt's inaugural games as the head coach of Australia.

 

The exact kick-off times for the matches are yet to be confirmed. This tour marks Wales' return to Australia since 2012, with Gatland aiming to build on recent successes, including back-to-back World Cup victories against Australia in 2019 and 2023.

 

Negotiations are underway for Wales to potentially engage in a tour warm-up match against world champions South Africa at Twickenham at the end of June. Additionally, discussions are ongoing about the prospect of an international fixture following the second Test in Australia.

 

The upcoming series promises to be a crucial test for Schmidt, who took over the coaching reins from Eddie Jones after Australia's challenging World Cup campaign, where Jones won only two out of nine Tests before departing for Japan.

 

After the Wales series, Australia is scheduled to face Georgia on July 20 in Sydney, marking the first time the two teams meet outside of a World Cup. The Wallabies have a packed schedule, including hosting the world champions South Africa twice in the Rugby Championship, with matches at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on August 10 and a week later at Perth Stadium.

 

The series concludes with a Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Sydney on September 21, highlighting a challenging and eventful year ahead for Australian rugby.

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