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2020 July Tests

Postby rugby-veterinarian » Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 05:06

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/two-home ... -next-july

All Blacks will play Wales and Scotland

"As part of the San Francisco agreement, we are likely to see the home nations tour to the Pacific Islands in upcoming years. Given that Wales and Scotland will almost certainly play three test matches in the southern hemisphere next year, the two teams could play games against the likes of Fiji and Samoa."

It will be exciting to see the fixtures upcoming after the RWC. Hopefully all the tier 2 nations will be at full strength as well, in both July and November. It always seems like a lot of the islander teams lose their big names after the RWC.

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Re: 2020 July Tests

Postby sk 88 » Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 13:16

I'm fairly sure England are touring Japan that summer

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Re: 2020 July Tests

Postby Silver Fox » Wed, 26 Jun 2019, 20:10

As part of the San Francisco agreement, we are likely to see the home nations tour to the Pacific Islands in upcoming years. Given that Wales and Scotland will almost certainly play three test matches in the southern hemisphere next year, .....
I very much doubt they will play three tests in 2020.
Part of the San Francisco agreement was that in post RWC years, because of the congested calendar and with player wellfare in mind, the July window would only be 2 weekends instead of 3 in the other years.
Therefor there will be room for only one T2-T1 game per region. As it stands the hosts would be Japan, Fiji, Georgia and the USA.

In November there would still be the 6 T1-T2 games like we are used to see. If those are also awarded based on merit, like was promised, that would mean a match against a 6N country for Fiji, Japan, Georgia, Tonga, USA and Samoa.
To define this list I reckon they will take the world rankings after the World Cup, so there are still some points to be exchanged. If Samoa continues their bad form and loose some ranking points, we might actually see Spain playing a November test. (That is, if 'on merit' is explained as 'according to world rankings')

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