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Wallabies will host Ireland in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in the
first three-Test series ever played between the two nations in June next
The three Tests will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (June
9), Melbourne’s AAMI Park (June 16) and Sydney’s Allianz Stadium (June
The tour was announced as President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins
visited the Australian Rugby headquarters at Moore Park, during his
State Visit to Australia.
Ireland, the current world No 4, won both of their two most
recent encounters with the Wallabies by a three-point margin (2014 and
2016, both in Dublin) but have not played a Test in Australia since
The Irish have played two Test matches on tour against the Wallabies
on four previous occasions (1979, 1994, 1999 and 2003) but never has the
Lansdowne Cup been contested over three matches.
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins is an avid rugby supporter,
and Patron of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). Since his
inauguration in 2011 the President has attended some 30 women's and
men's senior international matches, including many matches between
Ireland and Australia.
ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “We were honoured to be joined by the
President today at our new headquarters in Moore Park and look forward
to welcoming Ireland for what will be an outstanding three-Test series
in June next year.
“The rivalry between the two nations has grown enormously in recent
years with some memorable encounters. With a huge number of Irish expats
living in Australia, Ireland will enjoy strong support when they are
here for matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney."
IRFU CEO Philip Browne said: “The IRFU are delighted to tour
Australia in June 2018. Games involving Ireland and Australia are
always great occasions and this is will be an exciting tour. The Irish
diaspora are renowned for supporting the Irish team when they visit
their new homes so we know there will be a party atmosphere to match the
world class rugby.”
Australia and Ireland have met on 33 occasions in Test matches with
the Wallabies holding a healthy lead in the head-to-head stakes with 21
wins to Ireland’s 11. The lone draw between the two nations was played
out in 2009 at Croke Park.
The Wallabies have an even more imposing record over the Irish at home, having not lost to them on Aussie soil since 1979.