Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Wales / News
Wales to face top three in autumn 2014
ESPN Staff
December 4, 2013
North and co will have a shot at all three major southern hemisphere sides © Getty Images

Wales' preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup have been handed a massive boost after confirming they will play all three major southern hemisphere sides in next year's autumn internationals.

The IRB's top three sides - New Zealand, South Africa and Australia - will all visit the Millennium Stadium next autumn, as will Fiji. It will be a dress rehearsal for the following autumn where Wales will bid to go one step further than 2011 and make it to the final of the World Cup.

After defeats to South Africa and Australia this year, autumn 2014 will be the final chance for Wales to prove they can beat the best on home soil before the southern hemisphere sides return for the following year's flagship event.

WRU group executive Roger Lewis believes the fixtures are a massive boost to Wales' preparations for the tournament and an indication they are taking every step to ensure they can be a genuine contender in 2015.

"We have consistently said, if you want to be the best, you have to play the best and the 2014 November schedule reconfirms that commitment," he said.

"We have just witnessed another exhilarating, tough November series and next year will be ideal preparation for the squad ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We will only have 12 matches in total in the run-up to our opening game at the tournament, so we must secure every opportunity to test ourselves at the highest level."

The matches against New Zealand, Australia and Fiji will be part of the IRB window, with South Africa confirmed as the fourth match of the series. Dates and kick off times will be confirmed at a later date.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

  • F1 - Spanish GPLive >>
    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

  • OtherLive >>

    Tennis - Monte Carlo Masters
  • Football

    Mignolet: It's about us, not Chelsea

    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists the Premier League leaders are unfazed by Jose Mourinho's threat to field a weakened Chelsea team in Sunday's crucial title clash

  • Rugby

    Blues punish sloppy Waratahs

    The Blues have sent the New South Wales Waratahs home from Auckland empty-handed yet again with a much-needed 21-13 win at Eden Park

  • Football

    Terry could be shock inclusion for Atletico clash

    Chelsea captain John Terry is in line to recover from injury in time for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid, according to reports

  • Football

    Ferguson upset by Moyes sacking

    Sir Alex Ferguson says he was "upset" at the way Manchester United handled their messy sacking of manager David Moyes

  • Rugby

    All Blacks 'acid test' of England's progress

    Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the RFU, has said that the summer series against New Zealand is "the acid test" of England's progress

Sponsored Links
Trade on Demo account $100,000! Get a FREE Pack
12 videos + 5 ebooks + $100000 demo + $2500 bonus!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out!
Make $170 in 60 seconds! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make Huge Income from your HomeĀ 
Make real Profits - Sign in for a full training program for free