Wales have confirmed one of their toughest ever November schedules for Cardiff are revealing their will host Fiji, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa later this year.
By the time Wayne Pivac’s side take on the Springboks on November 28, they will have faced every side in World Rugby’s top eleven – minus Australia (eighth) – during his first year at the helm.
The 2020 November series also see a new era of collaboration for the Six Nations Unions after they combined all broadcasting rights for these internationals, a strategy that has long been in place for the Guinness Six Nations.
Supporters will now benefit directly as all parties agree to games being scheduled around each other to minimise any overlap in fixtures.
“Working collaboratively with fellow Six Nations members on matters of mutual sporting and commercial interest outside the Guinness Six Nations Championship has for the first time led to scheduling that is far more spectator-friendly,” said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips.
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“A coordinated approach, similar to the one already employed when facilitating the championship fixtures, has removed the majority of schedule clashes and we are extremely grateful to all parties for their sympathetic treatment of the unique and particular requirements of our Cardiff city-centre venue.
“We are delighted with three Saturday afternoon matches and an early Sunday kick-off which shows real empathy to supporters in Wales and to our travel infrastructure.
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“This is the first step in the process of unifying the operations and media rights of the Six Nations and federations, something we have been working on for a long time. It is a hugely significant strategic development for our national game and will be of direct benefit supporters who will be able to watch more live matches as a result.”
Wales’ 2020 autumn series
v Fiji – Saturday, November 7 (1pm)
v New Zealand – Saturday, November 14 (5.30pm)
v Argentina – Sunday, November 22 (2.15pm)
v South Africa – Saturday, November 28 (5.30pm)
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