THE IRFU HAS announced a shorter than usual Guinness Series of international fixtures, with South Africa and Argentina pitching up at the Aviva Stadium in November.
South Africa are currently ranked third in the world but were elimanted by Australia at the quarter-final stage of the Rugby World Cup. They will take on Ireland at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 10.
The Springboks, under new coach Heyneke Meyer, were the first team to mark the transition of the ground from Lansdowne Road to Aviva Stadium when they defeated Declan Kidney’s men 23-21 in 2010.
Ireland outing in Limerick
Next to arrive on Irish shores will be Fiji, who will take on Ireland Wolfhounds at Thomond Park on Saturday, November 17 – also at 5.30pm.
The Pacific Islanders are at Number 16 in the world but possess quality players such as Napolioni Nalaga (Western Force) and Deacon Manu (Scarlets).
The series will be rounded off with the visit of seventh ranked Argentina to the Aviva on Saturday, November 24 at 2pm.
Ireland defeated the Pumas 29-9 in November 2010 in sub-zero temperatures at the same venue. Gordon D’Arcy scored his last try in Irish colours in the fixture and there was also a try for Stephen Ferris.
The November internationals usually contain three senior level fixtures but the abbreviated series could be down to Ireland’s three-game tour to New Zealand this June.