Details of Wales’ fifth opponent in the fall appear ahead of a list of six outstanding matches


Wales are set to face France in a warm-up match on October 24 as the first of six tests at the end of 2020, according to reports.It was believed that plans were advanced for the friendly warm-up before their final Six Nations game against Scotland and Nations Cup games in November and December.

But it was not known before who that would have been against – Italy also being mentioned as a potential opponent.

However, now BBC Sport Wales are reporting that it will be France that take on Wayne Pivac’s side in October.

The last time Wales faced France, it was the Blues who got the better of Wales earlier this year – claiming their first Cardiff victory since 2010.

According to the report, the Stade de France in Paris is a proposed venue, but the set-up has yet to be confirmed by either union, with the set-up also being dependent on government travel rules in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, to confuse matters, legal action is being considered against World Rugby, the French clubs unhappy with the release of the players for a match on October 24.

The game’s governing body has recommended a new temporary international window between October 24 and December 5 for the northern hemisphere sides and from November 7 to December 12 for the southern hemisphere competition.

France’s match would be followed by the 2020 Six Nations final against Scotland on October 31 which was postponed to March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to finishing the Six Nations, Wales are involved in a tournament involving the Six Nations teams as well as Fiji and Japan.

The initial schedule established by officials also calls for Wales to travel to Ireland on the weekend of November 14/15 and return to Fiji on the weekend of November 21/22.

They then end the group stage with a “home” game against England on November 28-29.

There will also be a December 5 match to conclude the tournament against one of the teams from the other group of the competition, which includes France, Scotland, Italy and Georgia.

If Wales lead their group, they will make a final at Twickenham against one of the quartet. Otherwise, they will have a play-off.


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