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Wales confirm autumn series with Springboks and 2 World Cup rematches

By Josh Raisey
Wales versus Australia/ PA

Wales will take on world champions South Africa in Cardiff in November as part of their three-match Autumn Nations Series.

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Rassie Erasmus’ side will arrive at the Principality Stadium on Saturday November 23 in a match that will see the number ten ranked side in the world host the number ones.

Wales will get their autumn campaign underway in a rematch of their opening match of the World Cup last year when they host Fiji on Sunday November 10. Warren Gatland’s side came away 32-26 winners in Bordeaux in 2023 in one of the games of the World Cup.

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A week after facing Fiji, Wales will host Australia on Sunday November 17 in another World Cup rematch. Wales recorded their biggest ever win over the Wallabies in France with a 40-6 victory, dumping Eddie Jones’ side out of the tournament.

Since the World Cup, both Fiji and Australia have seen changes in personnel at the top, with Mick Byrne replacing Simon Raiwalui for Fiji and Joe Schmidt taking over from Jones. South Africa have also seen huge changes in their coaching staff, with Erasmus returning to his role of head coach after Jacques Nienaber’s departure after the World Cup.

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Despite coming out on top against Fiji and Australia last year, the current Welsh squad is vastly different from the one that eventually lost in the quarter-finals against Argentina. This new-look Wales side are yet to win a match since the World Cup, picking up the Wooden Spoon in this year’s Guinness Six Nations.

Before taking on the Wallabies and South Africa at the end of the year, Wales will face the Springboks at Twickenham in June before a two-match series against the Wallabies down under.

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Looking ahead to the autumn, WRU executive director of Rugby Nigel Walker said: “This is an exciting Autumn Nations Series schedule for Wales, with fixtures against three key southern hemisphere opposition in quick succession.

“We look forward to welcoming Fiji, Australia and South Africa to Principality Stadium this November as we celebrate the stadium’s 25th anniversary – a particularly fitting milestone when we face the Springboks in our series finale having played them in the stadium’s first international fixture back in 1999.”

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Abe 2 hours ago
Waratahs 'counter-culture' limits Wallaby options for Joe Schmidt

Not a fan of your picks. McReight is good at club level but he is too small for international level and has consistently disappointed there. Better to go for larger guys. Kemeney, Valentini, Hooper, Leota, Samu, Swinton, etc. Aalatoa and Nonga are woeful scrummagers and don’t offer much around the field. Wallabies will not win if the scrum falls to pieces. The fact that Faamissli hasn’t been developed is a tragedy. Need a scrum that doesn’t give away penalties. So looks like a Talakai maybe instead. Best scrummagers need to be selected. McDermott runs the ball too much and doesn’t fit into a structured attack like Schmidts. Gets isolated too often. Ok off the bench late but not for 60 mins. Goal kicking has to be one of the top 3 points for a 10 so that does in Gordon and O’Connor. Be better off going for lynagh on that front. Donaldson and Noah seem to be doing best of the established names. QC a better mentor type guy than OConnor as well if he’s playing. Daugunu has been the most consistent 13 and breaks the line a lot so must be in the squad. Joost has also been good. Richie Arnold playing well for Toulouse and is a preeminent lineout jumper so needs to be in. Latu also playing well for La Rochelle and is better scrummager than the Aussie choices so should be in. The big guy at the Tahs Amataroso I think it is needs to be developed as well. Otherwise the team will be too small. Hodge is a better choice at fullback than Wright. Latter makes too many mistakes. Not sure if Hodge available.

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Turlough 7 hours ago
Four Leinster talking points after latest Champions Cup final loss

First of all: hats off to Toulouse an outstanding performance. Duponts kicking was phenomenal. Twice he challenged Keenan with amazing clearances from his 22 in extra time. Result was territory deep in Leinster half in the early part of extra time which lead to 2 penalties and the game. Remember also his two 50:22s? Now to Willis/Dupont. ANY slight isolation by a Leinster player resulted in a turnover penalty. How many turnovers in the Toulouse 22? Leinster’s defense was immense, they had opportunities in attack but they honestly looked like they had not spent enough time passing the ball in the training in the weeks preceding the final. Game management was poor. Toulouse’s scrum had crumbled. At 15-15 Leinster had a scrum advantage in a position that would be kickable for a scrum penalty. Leinster played on and missed a long range drop goal. You MUST take the scrum surely? Win penalty and its a shot at goal to win with time up. No penalty and you can attack and drop goal whatever. The distance from sideline penalties from Byrne was shocking. If you are kicking the line you must get close to that 5 metre line. How many times were Leinster forced to maul from 10-15 metres? Toulouse KNEW Leinster was going to kick and maul and clearly spent considerable training time neutralizing thuis threat. The maul was starting too far out, Toulouse were able to stop the heart of the drive. You must change tack and start kicking for goals. That said it always felt like Toulouse were the potent team on the day with Leinster under pressure and chasing. Even with their backline completely disrupted, Toulouse found a way. 9 Wins in their last 9 finals. Leinster will be there next year. But so will Toulouse/Northhampton etc. A great era of club rugby.

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