Who is playing who? Full mid-year international rugby fixtures released

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Kieran Read of the All Blacks performs the Haka with team mates during The Rugby Championship (Getty Images)
Kieran Read of the All Blacks performs the Haka with team mates during The Rugby Championship (Getty Images)

World Rugby on Monday confirmed its full fixture schedule for the upcoming international window, with all of the top sides involved.

The big news for South Africans was that the Springboks will be hosting Georgia in two Test matches in early July in what will be their first action since the 2019 World Cup final. 

The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa headlines a busy programme that will see 25 of the top 30 ranked unions in action with several hosting or being hosted for the first time since the pandemic began, including South Africa and Japan.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "This has taken a monumental effort from all concerned. While there is light at the end of the tunnel in respect to COVID-19 in many nations, the challenges continue to be present, dynamic and impactful and therefore I would like to thank the unions, their respective governments, broadcast and commercial partners and players for their flexibility and full commitment to the process.

"Fans around the world can now look forward to an exciting bumper schedule of men’s test matches involving at least 25 teams, which will be a welcome sight for everyone. The road to Rugby World Cup 2023 also continues with key qualifiers for Samoa and Tonga and, of course, we are anticipating a fascinating British and Irish Lions series."

Full international fixtures:

26 June 

British & Irish Lions v Japan, Brazil v Paraguay 

3 July 

South Africa v Georgia, Stormers v British & Irish Lions, Ireland v Japan, Wales v Canada, Spain v Russia, Chile v Colombia, Namibia v Ivory Coast, Kenya v Senegal

4 July 

England v USA

7 July

SA Invitation XV v British & Irish Lions, Australia v France, Ivory Coast v Madagascar, Senegal v Zambia

10 July 

South Africa v Georgia, Sharks v British & Irish Lions, New Zealand v Fiji, Samoa v Tonga, England v Canada, Romania v Scotland, Ireland v USA, Wales v Argentina, Uganda v Ghana

11 July

Namibia v Madagascar, Zambia v Kenya

13 July 

Australia v France

14 July 

South Africa 'A' v British & Irish Lions, Ghana v Algeria

17 July 

Bulls v British & Irish Lions, New Zealand v Fiji, Australia v France, Tonga v Samoa, Georgia v Scotland, Wales v Argentina, Russia v Portugal

24 July 

South Africa v British & Irish Lions

31 July

South Africa v British & Irish Lions

7 August

South Africa v British & Irish Lions

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