Ireland have announced their schedule of warm-up games ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Joe Schmidt’s side will host Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 10 August and a fortnight later they will travel to Twickenham to face England.

Then there’s back-to-back games against Wales on consecutive Saturdays – in Cardiff on 31 August and Dublin on 7 September.

The World Cup kicks off in Japan with the hosts taking on Russia on Friday, 20 September. Ireland’s first game is against Scotland the following Sunday.

After that it’s Japan, Russia and Samoa as the current Grand Slam champions bid to make it out of their pool and then past the quarter-final stages of the tournament for the first time.

Speaking about the meetings with Ireland, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said he was looking forward to the chance to fine-tune his team’s world cup preparations.

"It is important we test ourselves in competitive environments before heading to Japan and these matches are ideal for us," he said.

"The home matches especially are also a great opportunity for us to play in front of our supporters and for them to see us in action before we head to Japan."