The IRFU have confirmed that Ireland will play four fixtures in August and September 2019 in preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
England will also play Wales twice, once at Twickenham on Sunday August 11 and once at the Principality Stadium on Saturday August 17.
Ireland will host Italy on Saturday 10th August at the Aviva Stadium before playing England at Twickenham (Saturday 24th August) and Wales at the Principality Stadium (Saturday 31st August).
Ireland will play their final fixture ahead of RWC19 at the Aviva Stadium against Wales on Saturday 7th September.
Ticket information for Ireland’s two fixtures at the Aviva Stadium will be available in 2019.
Ireland Guinness Summer Series Fixtures:
Ireland v Italy
Saturday 10th August, 2019
England v Ireland
Saturday 24th August, 2019
Wales v Ireland
Saturday 31st August, 2019
Ireland v Wales
Saturday 7th September, 2019
Meanwhile the RFU revealed that England will play a home Test match in Newcastle for the first time in 2019 Quilter. England head to the 52,354-capacity St James’ Park in Newcastle for their final warm-up match against Italy on Friday 6 September, 19:45; before the squad flies to Tokyo.
England’s 2019 Quilter Internationals
Sunday 11 August 2019: England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium, KO 14:00
Saturday 24th August 2019: England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, KO 15:00
Friday 6th September 2019: England v Italy, St James Park, Newcastle, KO 19:45
Meanwhile Warren Gatland was “delighted” with the double-doubleheader facing Wales.
“I’m delighted with the fixture schedule we have put together for next summer leading us into the rugby world cup,” said Gatland.
“We have put together a detailed plan of preparation leading into the tournament and these fixtures are an extremely important part of that. It is important we test ourselves in competitive environments before heading to Japan and these matches are ideal for us and I’m delighted to have secured back-to-back fixtures against both England and Ireland.
“The home matches especially are also a great opportunity for us to play in front of our supporters and for them to see us in action before we head to Japan.”
Wales’ 2019 summer fixtures
England v Wales (Twickenham) Sunday August 11
Wales v England (Principality Stadium) Saturday August 17
Wales v Ireland (Principality Stadium) Saturday August 31
Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium) Saturday September 7
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