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Wallabies to tackle Barbarians in spring

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The Wallabies will take on the Barbarians for the first time since 2011 on their spring tour of the Northern Hemisphere.

Fixtures against Six Nations Champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England are once again on the itinerary and the tour will also include matches against the Barbarians and Wales at Millennium Stadium as well as France in Paris.  

Coach Ewen McKenzie will be looking for the trip to be as successful as last year’s spring tour.

After narrowly losing to England at Twickenham, Australia embarked on a four-match winning run making it the most successful tour since 2008.

On the 2013 tour, the Qantas Wallabies defeated Italy in Turin (50-20), Ireland in Dublin (32-15), Scotland at Murrayfield (21-15) and most memorably Wales in Cardiff (30-26).

McKenzie is anticipating some hotly-contested battles during the spring tour.

“The spring tour last year was the most successful in five years for the Wallabies and we’ll be looking to improve on that come November,” McKenzie said.

“With the Rugby World Cup just a year away in England, we have scheduled five games against five teams that will bring a different style to each.

“We’ve got England and Wales in our pool for the Rugby World Cup and big improvers in France and Ireland, who just won the Six Nations. That will be a good challenge for us.

“We’ll also get a chance to play two games at Twickenham – the venue where two of our pool games will take place – as part of a tour that should help further our preparations ahead of the World Cup.”