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South Africa, Fiji and Australia the opponents for Ireland in November’s Autumn Nations Series

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland will face a tough Autumn Nations Series, with Andy Farrell's side set to take on world champions South Africa, Fiji and Australia.

On the back of this summer's tour to New Zealand, which will include three Tests against the All Blacks and two games against the Maori All Blacks, Ireland are building towards a big second half of the year.

Ireland will begin their November campaign on home soil with the visit of South Africa. It will be the first time the two teams have met since Rassie Erasmus branded Ireland “softies” in a documentary on the Springboks' successful 2019 World Cup campaign.

South Africa will play in Dublin for the first time in five years. The two sides have not met since Ireland posted a record 38-3 victory against South Africa in 2017, but the Boks have since gone on to claim a third World Cup title and a Lions Series win last summer.

The opening Autumn Nations Series clash will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 5 at 5.30pm, and it will be the only meeting between the two sides before they face one another in the Stade de France at next year's World Cup.

Farrell's men will take on Fiji a week later, as they return to Dublin for the first time since 2017 when Ireland earned a hard-fought 23-20 victory.

Ireland will round off their Autumn Nations Series by welcoming Australia to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 19 at 8pm.

The last fixture between the two nations was back in 2018 as Ireland clinched the three Test series with a 20-16 victory in Sydney. 2016 is the last time Australia were in Dublin as Ireland held on to record a 27-24 victory.

Tickets for the Autumn Nations Series will go on sale in July following the normal distribution to rugby clubs.

Members of the Irish Rugby Supporters Club will have a priority window ahead of any general sale. Details of the ticket sale will be announced in due course.

Autumn Nations Series 2022

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ireland v South Africa

Saturday 5th November, kick-off 5.30pm

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Ireland v Fiji

Saturday 12th November, kick-off 1pm

Ireland v Australia

Saturday 19th November, kick-off 8pm.


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