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Wales set to face all Rugby Championship nations in 2016

Phil Blanche

Published 02/12/2015 | 15:51

Australia’s Kurtley Beale and Alex Cuthbert of Wales challenge for the ball during yesterday’s Pool A match
Australia’s Kurtley Beale and Alex Cuthbert of Wales challenge for the ball during yesterday’s Pool A match

Wales will face the full set of world rugby's top ranked sides in 2016, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.

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Warren Gatland's side, currently ranked fourth in the world, were already scheduled to play a three-Test summer series against world champions New Zealand on the back of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship and a pre-tour friendly against England at Twickenham on May 29

Wales will play Test matches against the All Blacks in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin from June 11-25 as well as a tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on June 14.

Autumn matches have now been arranged against World Cup runners-up Australia (November 5) and semi-finalists Argentina (November 12) and South Africa (November 26) at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

A fourth autumn fixture on November 19 will be confirmed at a later date.

A WRU statement confirming the 2016 fixture list read: "Wales will continue their mantra to test themselves against the best as they line up against all eight of their highest ranked opponents over the course of 14 fixtures next year, including facing New Zealand three times and England twice."

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