Cardiff - Wales will play the southern hemisphere's 'big three' again in the
2014 end of year internationals, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) announced
World champions New Zealand, South Africa and Australia will all visit the Millennium Stadium in November together with Fiji.
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.
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.
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 issued Wednesday.
have just witnessed another exhilarating, tough autumn series and next
year will be ideal preparation for the squad ahead of the 2015 Rugby
"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."