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Wales announce Rugby World Cup warm-up games

They'll take on England and Ireland twice each as part of their preparations.

As they gear up for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, Wales will take on England and Ireland twice each.

Their fixtures will see them take on England on the 11 August 2019 at Twickenham and then again on the 17 August 2019 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Tickets for both matches are on sale now.

Looking to score highly, the Wales team then take on Ireland in the Welsh capital on 31 August, before rounding off these preparatory fixtures at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on 7 September 2019.

“I’m delighted with the fixture schedule we have put together for next summer,” says head coach Warren Gatland. “We have put together a detailed plan of preparation leading into the tournament and these fixtures are an extremely important part of that.

“It is important we test ourselves in competitive environments before heading to Japan and these matches are ideal for us and I’m delighted to have secured back-to-back fixtures against both England and Ireland.

“The home matches especially are also a great opportunity for us to play in front of our supporters and for them to see us in action before we head to Japan.”

Gatland will also be submitting his finalised Rugby World Cup squad to World Rugby ahead of the final match against Ireland.

Wales then take on Georgia in Toyota City to kickstart their Rugby World Cup campaign on 23 September 2019, set to face Australia, Fiji and Uruguay in their Pool D games.

The fixtures also follow the recent Six Nations championships. The 20th edition of the competition saw Wales come out as champions, winning their first Grand Slam since 2012.

Tickets for the Rugby World Cup warm-up games are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk

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