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Australia target grand slam as November tour of Europe is announced

Published 13/11/2015

Australia will return to Europe in November to take another shot at a grand slam
Australia will return to Europe in November to take another shot at a grand slam

Australia will head to Europe on tour in November in search of their first grand slam since 1984.

The Wallabies, who reached the final of the World Cup in England last month, have announced a five-Test, seven-match tour which will begin on November 5 against Wales in Cardiff.

They will then head to Scotland, France, Ireland and England hoping to emulate Alan Jones' 1984 squad, the last Australian side to beat the four home nations of Britain and Ireland on the same tour.

Australia have attempted to win a grand slam nine times previously, but only achieved it the once.

Their last attempt came in 2013, when they opened with a loss to England before recording wins over Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said: "The Grand Slam is one of the rarest achievements in the game and has been a notoriously difficult one for the Wallabies over time with only one successful attempt out of nine.

"The 1984 team etched their names into Australian Rugby folklore and as the years have passed their achievement has become more legendary. It is a great opportunity for the 2016 Qantas Wallabies to create their own slice of history."

The five Tests will take place on consecutive Saturdays, with the Wales clash followed by a meeting with Scotland in Edinburgh on November 12th, France in Paris on the 19th, and Ireland in Dublin on the 26th. The final Test will be against England at Twickenham on December 3, with two other mid-week tour matches still to be confirmed.

The newly-announced tour completes a busy calendar for Australia, who will host England for three Tests in June before the Rugby Championship will see matches home and away against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

The Wallabies and All Blacks will square off three times for the Bledisloe Cup, with a third match to be played in Auckland on October 22, just two weeks before the match against Wales.

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