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Ireland will face repeat clash with Wallabies

By Niall Crozier

Ireland will have an opportunity to assess the extent of their improvement when they host Australia in November.

Their November 22 meeting –the third and final Test of the three-match 2014 Guinness Series – is a re-run of November 16, 2013. That was Joe Schmidt's second game in charge and his team did not perform against the tourists, who won 33-15.

But a week later, a vastly-improved Ireland stunned New Zealand, with the world's best side lucky to shade the verdict by a 24-22 margin.

Since then Ireland have underlined their improvement under Schmidt by winning the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, climbing to fifth in the IRB world rankings as a result.

World number two South Africa are first up this autumn. They play Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 8 (5.30pm).

Eight days later, Georgia make their first-ever visit to Lansdowne Road. That Sunday, November 16 Test has a 4.30pm kick-off.

The game with Australia is on Saturday, November 22 (4.30pm).

* Wales skipper Sam Warburton is likely to miss "several months" of action after dislocating his shoulder against Scotland

The Cardiff Blues man will miss the rest of the Pro12 season.

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