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Wales to face South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia in autumn internationals

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Wales to play New Zealand, world champions South Africa, Fiji and Australia on successive weekends from October 30; Welsh Rugby Union chief Steve Phillips says they are aiming to have capacity crowds in the Principality Stadium

Wales last faced South Africa in the semi-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which the Springboks won 19-16

Wales last faced South Africa in the semi-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which the Springboks won 19-16

Six Nations champions Wales will face world champions South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and Australia this autumn.

Wayne Pivac’s side begin with a stern test against the All Blacks at the Principality Stadium on October 30, with the Springboks visiting Cardiff seven days later.

Next up is a meeting with Fiji on November 14 and Wales finish their autumn series against the Wallabies on November 20.

WRU chief executive Steve Phillips said: “It is our aim and ambition to deliver the Autumn Nations Series 2021 with full crowds.

“We are working alongside Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to ensure this is done correctly and safely, and in order for us to move forward and deliver events of this scale we must plan ahead, be flexible and prepared for change.

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“Getting the Autumn Nations Series on sale early is an essential step in this process.”

Wales won this year's Six Nations with four victories from their five matches Wales won this year’s Six Nations with four victories from their five matches

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac added: “There is no doubt this is a huge autumn series fixture list, and we are already looking forward to it, especially with the prospect of having supporters back at the Principality Stadium.

“It would be close to 21 months since we have had the chance to play in front of our fans at our home stadium, so it is hugely-exciting to have the fixtures announced, and I hope it excites the rugby public.

“As a group, we haven’t faced a southern hemisphere side yet, with last year’s summer tour cancelled and autumn series rejigged, so we are looking forward to welcoming all four sides to Cardiff for what will be four huge Test matches.”

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