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Wallabies book 1st Grand Slam tour in 25yrs

The Wallabies will play a Grand Slam rugby tour of Great Britain and Ireland in November for the first time in 25 years, the Australian Rugby Union said Wednesday.

The ARU’s confirmation follows the approval of a match against England at Twickenham on November 7.

The Wallabies will also play Ireland on November 15, Scotland on November 21 and Wales on November 28, the ARU said.

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The Grand Slam tour is the first since the 1984 Wallabies became the first Australian side in history to beat all four Home Unions of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland on an end-of-year tour.

“We’re delighted to confirm that a Grand Slam tour, after all these years, is back on our calendar again,” ARU Managing Director John O’Neill said in a statement.

“The long trips to the UK and Ireland to play all four Home Unions are an integral part of the rich history and tradition of the Wallabies.”

The ARU said the negotiations to secure the England match also involved Australia inviting Fiji to play a Test against the Wallabies in Australia on June 5 next year.

This follows an agreement by England and Australia to help the Fijian Rugby Union with its financial difficulties and provide them with quality international competition, the ARU said.

Grand Slam tour dates:

November 7 v England, London
November 15 v Ireland, Dublin
November 21 v Scotland, Edinburgh
November 28 v Wales, Cardiff

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