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Wales confirm autumn 2014 opponents

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 17:48 | Comments

South Africa will return to the Millennium Stadium in 2014
South Africa will return to the Millennium Stadium in 2014

Wales will face the top three sides in the world during their 2014 autumn international campaign.

The Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed New Zealand, South Africa and Australia will all visit the Millennium Stadium next November, with Fiji making up the quartet of opponents.

Wales lost to South Africa and Australia during the recently completed 2013 autumn series, extending their miserable record against the trio of southern hemisphere powers to just one win from 23 games since Warren Gatland took charge.

The meeting with the Wallabies will provide Wales with another opportunity to beat their 2015 World Cup Pool A rivals.

The matches against New Zealand, Australia and Fiji will be part of the International Rugby Board (IRB) autumn window, with South Africa confirmed as the fourth game of the series.

The fixtures are subject to IRB approval.

"We have consistently said, if you want to be the best, you have to play the best" - Roger Lewis

"We have consistently said, if you want to be the best, you have to play the best and the 2014 autumn schedule reconfirms that commitment," said WRU chief executive Roger Lewis.

"We have just witnessed another exhilarating, tough autumn series and next year will be ideal preparation for the squad ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"We will only have 12 matches in total in the run-up to our opening game at the tournament, so we must secure every opportunity to test ourselves at the highest level."

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