Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby have confirmed the match schedules for their July inbound international matches, prior to kick-off of The Rugby Championship in August.
New Zealand: An epic festival of All Blacks, Māori and Pasifika rugby matches have been confirmed this July with the All Blacks, Māori All Blacks, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa all in action, and two blockbuster double-header match days unveiled.
The 2021 Steinlager Series will be anchored on two Tests between the All Blacks and Fiji in what will be the first time the All Blacks have played back-to-back Tests against the Flying Fijians. The All Blacks have played Fiji nine times before, but not since 2011 in what was the final Test match at Carisbrook in Dunedin. The first match against Fiji was in Suva in 1974, with the All Blacks pipping the home side that day 14-13.
Sat 03 July: Maori All Blacks v Manu Samoa/All Blacks v Tonga: Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Sat 10 July: All Blacks v Fiji @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Sat 17 July: Tonga v Manu Samoa/All Blacks v Fiji @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Mils Muliana in action for All Blacks v Fiji 2011 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
Australia: The Test season will kick off with a blockbuster three-Test Series against France in July across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The eToro France Series also marks the return of midweek Test Rugby for the first time since 2012, when the Wallabies and France run out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday 7 July.
‘Les Bleus’ last toured to Australia in 2014, when the Wallabies claimed the series 3-0 and lifted the Trophée des Bicentenaries. France is currently ranked fifth in the world and was as high as third during their recent run in the Six Nations earlier this year. One of the great touring sides, France first visited Australian soil in 1961 to ignite a friendly rivalry between the two nations with a host of memorable encounters, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final.
Wed 07 July: Wallabies v France: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney [20:00]
Tue 13 July: Wallabies v France: @ AAMI Park, Melbourne [20:00]
Sat 17 July: Wallabies v France: @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (20:00)