Jones hails Wallabies’ ‘perfect’ WC prep as epic All Blacks conflict at MCG awaits

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has hailed Australia’s “perfect preparation” for September’s Rugby World Cup following the affirmation of two Tests with New Zealand and video games in opposition to South Africa and Argentina.

The Wallabies will play 4 Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup matches in July and August.

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They meet South Africa on July 8 in Pretoria earlier than flying house to tackle Argentina per week later at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium.

The Australians will then play back-to-back matches in opposition to the All Blacks on July 29 (MCG) and August 5 (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin).

“The Rugby Championship is one of the toughest competitions in the world and to play against high-quality sides in South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina in a World Cup year is perfect preparation for our team,” Jones stated.

Jones is worked up for his Wallabies to face New Zealand on the MCG. (Photo by Karen Watson / RUGBY AUSTRALIA / AFP)Source: AFP

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“To be able to play in Sydney against the Pumas is going to be a great hitout and then you’ve got the MCG, which is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world with 100,000 Wallabies supporters there cheering us on.

“There’s plenty to be done between now and then, but I can’t wait to bring the team together and get to work.”

Rugby Australia chief govt officer Andy Marinos stated with Jones once more teaching the Wallabies, “expectations will be high throughout the international series”.

“With the Rugby World Cup less than nine months away, I know the team will be wanting to get hold of some silverware before then and these matches will provide the perfect platform for this,” Marinos stated.

Wallabies schedule: v South Africa, time TBC, Saturday, July 8m Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria; v Argentina, 7.45pm AEST, Saturday July 15, CommBank Stadium, Sydney; v New Zealand, 7.45pm AEST, Saturday July 29 at MCG; v New Zealand, 12.35pm AEST, Saturday August 5, at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

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