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Wallabies seek to replicate World Cup experience in November tour

Updated: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 10:35 | Comments

Australia will face Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on 22 November
Australia will face Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on 22 November

Australia's 2015 World Cup preparations will be well tested on their end-of-season European tour in November with coach Ewen McKenzie trying to replicate their potential campaign for the Webb Ellis trophy as much as possible. 

McKenzie's side will play five matches on five successive weekends, which includes a November 22 clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

They will also face World Cup Pool A opponents England and Wales. and northern hemisphere heavyweights France on the tour.

In a possible nod to their pool schedule at the 2015 World Cup they open this year's tour on 1 November against an invitational Barbarians side before embarking on the tests against Wales, France, Ireland and England on successive weekends.

Australia face a qualifier from Oceania, which is likely to be the hard-running Fiji side, in Cardiff in their first match in the 2015 global showpiece.

They play Wales and England in their final two pool matches in 2015 and if they qualify for the quarter-finals will need to win three tense knockout games to become the first side to claim the Webb Ellis trophy for a third time.

"With the rugby World Cup just a year away in England, we have scheduled five games against five teams that will bring a different style to each," McKenzie said in an Australian Rugby Union statement.

"We've got England and Wales in our pool for the rugby World Cup and big improvers in France and Ireland, who just won the Six Nations. That will be a good challenge for us.

"We'll also get a chance to play two games at Twickenham - the venue where two of our pool games will take place as part of a tour - that should help further our preparations ahead of the World Cup."

Australia end-of-year tour itinerary:              
1 November  v Barbarians, London              
8 November  v Wales, Cardiff              
15 November v France, Paris              
22 November v Ireland, Dublin              
29 November v England, London

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