World Champions South Africa and Australia will provide the competition for Ireland in the final Autumn Nations Series window before next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

The Springboks will play in Dublin for the first time in five years as part of the 2022 Autumn Nations Series at the Aviva Stadium. Their visit will open the series on Saturday, November 5th with a 5-30 PM kick-off.

Australia will close it with a night game of an 8 PM start on Saturday, November 19th. Fiji will be the visitors in the middle Saturday with a 1 PM start.

Ireland won 38-3 the last time they met South Africa in 2017, but since then they have gone on to claim a third Rugby World Cup title and a series win over the British and Irish Lions last summer.

The opening Autumn Nations Series clash at the Aviva Stadium will be the only meeting between the two sides before they face one another at the Stade de France at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Fiji were also last in Dublin in 2017 when Ireland secured a hard-fought 23-20 win. Fiji qualified for Rugby World Cup 2023 by finishing third in their pool in Japan having pushed both Wales and Australia during that tournament.

Ireland were due to travel to Fiji in the summer of 2021 but the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to go ahead.

The last fixture between the two nations was back in 2018 as Ireland clinched the three-Test series with a 20-16 triumph in Sydney.

2016 is the last time Australia were in Dublin as Ireland held on to record a 27-24 success.


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The longer than normal gap between the visit of two of the world’s great test nations, caused by a Rugby World Cup and then Covid, adds an extra burst of excitement to this year’s games and with South Africa lined up as World Cup opponents in 2023, this, in particular, will be one of the hottest sporting tickets of the year.



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