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Ireland weighing up another Australian adventure in 2020


By Ruaidhri O'Connor

After a hugely successful series at the end of last season between the sides, Ireland could return to Australia as early as 2020.

The IRFU confirmed Joe Schmidt's side will play Italy, England and Wales twice before next year's World Cup, and the season could conclude Down Under.

Ireland beat the Wallabies 2-1 in June, but their next visit may not be a three-Test series and could see Ireland face the Wallabies twice and visit one of the Pacific Islands for a third challenge.

Details of Ireland's summer tour could be announced next month, but yesterday saw the World Cup warm-ups confirmed.

Schmidt's side kick off against Italy in Dublin on August 10, 2019.

Two weeks later, they travel to Twickenham to take on England before facing Wales in Cardiff on August 31, with Schmidt naming his 31-man squad two days later, before Warren Gatland's team visit Dublin on September 7.

The Irish union also revealed that they will welcome the Wallabies and Springboks for their November games in 2020, with the All Blacks and Argentina visiting Dublin in 2021.

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