Wales announce tough World Cup warm up schedule

The Welsh Rugby Union have announced the details of the five fixtures that will form their World cup warm up period.

After they have completed the Six Nations they will tour Australia for two tests with the first coming on the 26th of May and the second on the 2nd of June. The venues will be confirmed at a later date.

In the 2007 World Cup Wales are in Pool B with Australia, Fiji and Canada (& another – poss Japan) so a good tour in Australia will be crucial for their World cup aspirations.

Once they return home, Wales will face England at Twickenham on the 4th of August. They will then have two matches at the Millennium Stadium with the first coming against Argentina on the 18th of August and the second on the 25th of August against World cup hosts France.

It’s not an easy warm up schedule by any means and should set them upwell (barring any major injuries) for their World cup opener on the 9th of September against Canada.

The last time Wales had a World cup warm up with England they were hammered 43-9 at the Millennium Stadium. England did go on to win the World Cup that year andWales recovered from their hammering to lead England at half time in the World cup qtr. final. England however bounced back in the 2nd half to win the match 28-17.

The Welsh coach at the time, Steve Hansen claimed after the Qtr. finals that the warm-up games had been sacrificed as his squad built their power base in the lead up to the World Cup.

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