Friday 17 November 2017

Ireland denied shot at All Black revenge as Boks, Aussies to visit

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

IRELAND will face Australia and South Africa during their final November window before the 2015 World Cup.

Joe Schmidt's side will not get another tilt at the All Blacks after running them so close last month.

With a Tier 2 side to be included in the schedule at a later date, there will be some scope for development for the Tests 10 months out from the tournament in England.

The clashes with the southern hemisphere giants should give the coach a good barometer of where his side are at, with the Springboks out on their own as the second best team in the world. The teams met last year when Heyneke Meyer's side won a tight game 16-12.

The 2007 world champions are first on the schedule on November 8, with an as-yet-unnamed Tier 2 team up a week later and Australia seven days after that.

Ireland will also feel that they have unfinished business against the Wallabies after completely failing to fire against them when they met at Lansdowne Road in November.

Ewen McKenzie's team finished 2013 on a real high by beating Italy, Ireland and Wales in their last three games.

Between now and next November, Schmidt will be hoping to build on the promise shown in Ireland's agonising near miss against New Zealand.

Their Six Nations campaign kicks off against Scotland in February, while they then have a two-game tour of Argentina in June.

2014 Guinness Series Fixtures:

Saturday, November 8

Ireland v South Africa,

Aviva Stadium, kick-off TBC

Saturday, November 15

Ireland v Tier 2 Nation (Georgia TBC),

Aviva Stadium, kick-off TBC

Saturday, November 22

Ireland v Australia,

Aviva Stadium, kick-off TBC

Irish Independent

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