Wales to play Boks, Wallabies & All Blacks in 2014

Wales have announced that they will play November tests against SANZAR giants
New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in 2014.

Rugby world champions New Zealand, South Africa and Australia will all visit
the Millennium Stadium in November together with Fiji.

Wales lost to both South Africa and Australia last month, part of a woeful
record of 22 defeats in their last 23 Tests against the SANZAR (South Africa,
New Zealand and Australia) trio under coach Warren Gatland.

They’ve suffered 18 consecutive defeats by the big three since beating Australia
back in 2008, with the Wallabies winning their last nine internationals against
2015 World Cup pool rivals Wales, the reigning Six Nations champions.

Next year’s matches against New Zealand, Australia and Fiji will all take
place during the International Rugby Board’s ‘window’ for November Tests, with
South Africa, as was the case with the Wallabies this year, the fourth match
of the programme.
All four fixtures are subject to IRB approval.

“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 in a statement.

“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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