Wales announce clash with France in Paris a week before Six Nations game postponed as six-match schedule confirmed

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Wales will open their six-match autumn international campaign with a game against France in Paris on Saturday 24 October (8 p.m. UK time).The meeting with Les Bleus will serve as a warm-up for the reorganized Six Nations meeting with Scotland the following week, on October 31, and the new eight-team autumn Nations Cup.

Wayne Pivac’s side will play four Nations Cup matches, replacing the originally scheduled November schedule which included visiting New Zealand and South Africa in Cardiff. This had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wales have been placed in Group A of the competition alongside England, Ireland and Georgia and they will kick off the competition in Dublin against Ireland on Friday 13 November (7pm).

They will then entertain Georgia on Saturday November 21 (5:15 p.m.) before concluding their Group A fixtures by hosting England on Saturday November 28 (4 p.m.).

The tournament will feature a final round of matches with teams from Group A hosting respectively ranked teams from Pool B, with Wales hosting their final match on Saturday 5 December (4:45 p.m.).

It remains unclear where Pivac’s men will play their four home games.

The Principality stadium is not available because the dismantling work of the Dragon’s Heart hospital will not be completed until November.

WRU is hoping to move ‘home’ matches to London for playing in front of paying spectators to help address the huge financial deficit caused by Covid 19.

But it remains to be seen whether this will be allowed.

Sharing his thoughts on a busy schedule ahead, Wales coach Pivac said: “International rugby has been sorely missed and we can’t wait to get back on the road this fall with six great matches.

“We’re starting our series of matches with a hit against France in preparation for our Six Nations meeting against Scotland, which is important as it concludes the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. It’s a game where we will want a big performance.

“Then we’ll look at the 2021 Fall Nations Cup and Guinness Six Nations as a 20-week two-block format. The Fall is another opportunity to further refine our game and develop individuals in our quest to add to an already exciting team. All of this, of course, with a view to reaching a summit for the Six Nations.

“We are very happy to be back as a team in a few weeks. It has been a difficult year for everyone, so we hope that international rugby can bring some relief and fun to supporters and sports fans. ”

Details on the venues for Wales’ home matches will be announced in due course, along with other information to be released.

WALES 2020 FIXTURES:

Saturday October 24 – France (Paris, 8 p.m.)

Saturday October 31 – Scotland (place to be confirmed, 2:15 p.m.) – Six Nations

Friday November 13 – Ireland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 7 p.m.) – Autumn Nations Cup

Saturday 21 November – Georgia (Venue to be confirmed, 5.15 p.m.) – Autumn Nations Cup)

Saturday November 28 – England (place to be confirmed, 4 p.m.) – Autumn Nations Cup

Saturday 5 December – Wales v TBC (Venue TBC, 4:45 p.m.) – Fall Nations Cup Qualifying Final

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