Australia will face England, Scotland and Wales as part of their ‘Spring Tour’, but will first travel to face Japan on 23 October; The Wallabies haven’t traveled the UK since 2018, and the World Cup fell a year later before the coronavirus ruined their 2020 plans.
By PA Media
Last Updated: 09/17/21 6:52 am
Australia’s first tour of the UK in nearly three years is one step closer after the country’s rugby governing body confirmed the Trials against England, Scotland and Wales.
Rugby Australia said the Wallabies will play Japan in Oita before facing Scotland in Murrayfield on 7 November.
England will host tourists at Twickenham on November 13, and Australia will wrap up their journey against Wales in Cardiff seven days later.
The annual tour of North Australia was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 and was not held the previous year due to the World Cup.
Wales and England were the victorious hosts in the two games played in the UK against the Wallabies in 2018.
The team, led by former Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie, jumped from seventh to fifth in the world rankings following their defeat of world champion South Africa at the weekend in Queensland.
“We really want to face Japan. They showed everyone at the 2019 World Cup that they are an outstanding nation and can match it with the best,” Rennie said in a statement.
“Jamie (Joseph) and Tony (Brown) have built a formidable team that plays a really exciting, fast-paced style. We need to continue to challenge ourselves with this variety of play, so this is an important match for us as we continue to play. build for the next World Cup in France.
“It’s already been a great year for our team, some started in February for Super Rugby AU so we will have to continue to coach the guys for the next month or two and on the Spring Tour in the UK.”