Wallabies to bid for lucky 13 against Wales

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by Beth Newman

The Wallabies will be back in Cardiff in 2017, the fourth plank in their Spring Tour confirmed on Wednesday.

Wales announced its end-of-year Tests on Wednesday morning (AEST), with Tests against the Wallabies,Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa to come.

Australia's Test will come in the second week of its current four-week Spring Tour, in between its historic Japan Test and a Twickenham showdown with England.

Tevita Kuridrani kicked off his Spring Tour perfectly against Wales. Photo: Getty ImagesThe announcement all but completes their international Test calendar, though there was believed to be the option to explore a Barbarians Test at the end of the year as well, while South Africa is yet to confirm its home Rugby Championship venues.

Australia has travelled to Cardiff on all but two Spring Tours since 2005, with the only exceptions being the 2007 and 2015 World Cup seasons, though they faced off against the Welsh in the pool stages of both of those tournaments.

Last season's 32-8 victory over Wales was the Wallabies' 12th straight win against the Welsh, with their most recent defeat coming in 2008.

The Wallabies season kicks off on June 10 against Fiji.


June Series

June 10 - Wallabies vs Fiji, AAMI Park, 3pm AEST

June 17 - Wallabies vs Scotland, Allianz Stadium - 3pm AEST

June 24 - Wallabies vs Italy, Suncorp Stadium - 3pm AEST

Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup (South Africa away Test TBC)

August 19 - Wallabies vs New Zealand, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 8pm AEST

August 26 - New Zealand vs Wallabies, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin

September 9 - Wallabies vs South Africa, nib Stadium, Perth, 6pm AWST

September 16 - Wallabies vs Argentina, GIO Stadium, Canberra , 8pm AEST

October 7 - Argentina vs Wallabies, Malvinas Argentinas Stadium, Mendoza, TBC

October 21 - Wallabies vs New Zealand, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 7pm AEST

Spring Tour

November 4 - Japan vs Wallabies, International Stadium, Yokohama, TBC

November 11 - Wales vs Wallabies, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 5:15pm GMT

November 18 - England vs Wallabies, Twickenham, London, 2:30pm GMT

November 25 - Scotland vs Wallabies, Murrayfield, Edinburgh