Rugby

Ireland to face New Zealand and Australia during autumn series

Andy Farrell’s side will also host Argentina and Fiji during November.

Ireland were beaten by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of last year’s Rugby World Cup in France
Ireland were beaten by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of last year's Rugby World Cup in France Ireland were beaten by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of last year’s Rugby World Cup in France (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Ireland will host World Cup conquerors New Zealand and Joe Schmidt’s Australia during a mouth-watering four-match autumn series against southern hemisphere opposition.

The All Blacks, who beat Andy Farrell’s side 28-24 in the quarter-finals of last year’s global tournament in France, will visit Dublin on Friday, November 8.

Former Ireland boss Schmidt will bring the Wallabies to the Aviva Stadium for the series finale on Saturday, November 30.

Ireland won 13-10 on Australia’s last visit to Dublin in 2022
Ireland won 13-10 on Australia's last visit to Dublin, in 2022 Ireland won 13-10 on Australia’s last visit to Dublin in 2022 (Brian Lawless/PA)

In between those stellar fixtures, the reigning Guinness Six Nations champions will take on Argentina, on Friday, November 15, and Fiji, on Saturday, November 23.

With a two-match summer tour against world champions South Africa already scheduled for July, Ireland will end the year having faced each of Test rugby’s other 10 leading nations.

The game against Australia has been arranged as part of the Irish Rugby Football Union’s 150th year celebrations.

Head coach Farrell, who is preparing for Saturday’s Six Nations title decider against Scotland, said: “This November’s line-up is a hugely exciting one for the Irish rugby public and we are looking forward to competing against four hugely talented sides.

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will return to Dublin as head coach of Australia
Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will return to Dublin as head coach of Australia Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will return to Dublin as head coach of Australia

“There is an added dimension to this year’s autumn series, with a fourth match against Australia set to mark the IRFU’s 150th celebrations.

“We look forward to testing ourselves against some of the most exciting teams in the world, with whom Ireland has such strong traditions and rivalries. It promises to be a series to remember.”

The matches will be the final fixtures before Farrell takes a break from his role to focus on leading the British and Irish Lions on their 2025 tour of Australia.

Series fixtures

Ireland v New Zealand, Friday, November 8, 8.10pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ireland v Argentina, Friday, November 15, 8.10pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ireland v Fiji, Saturday, November 23, 3.10pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ireland v Australia, Saturday, November 30, 3.10pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin