While France’s 15th goes to Japan, England will go to Australia and Wales will challenge South Africa, Ireland will go to New Zealand for its 2022 summer tour, the Irish Federation revealed the details on Tuesday. The XV of Clover will face the All Blacks on July 2 in Auckland (Eden Park, where New Zealand has stayed on 46 straight wins), July 9 in Dunedin and July 16 in Wellington. Matches start at 7:05 PM, French time. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland, like other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, had to cancel the last two summer tours, when it was due to visit Australia in 2020 and Fiji in 2021. So 2022 will be an opportunity for XV du Clover to play its first tour since 2018, winning two out of its three matches in Australia.
Two teams in the best 4 countries in the world
This confrontation against the blacks promises to be of a very high standard, between the teams ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the rugby world rankings. Their last meeting dates back to last November, when Ireland won brilliantly 29-20 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and the last summer round in 2012, when the Blacks won all three matches. Andy Farrell’s men in the 6 Nations remain very good, losing only one game, against France (30-24), and finishing second., while Ian Foster’s men also suffered their latest defeat to France, in the famous 40-25 at the Stade de France last November. A year and a half before the World Cup, this round should allow us to learn some important lessons.
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