4 Tests in November
Scots’ hectic Autumn Series schedule
New Wales fixture will form part of Gregor Townsend’s preparations for the World Cup next year (pic: SNS Group)
Scotland will play Wales in a brand-new fixture this November as part of an extended Autumn Series.
Gregor Townsend’s side will face their NatWest 6 Nations rivals in Cardiff on Saturday 3 November and contest the Doddie Weir Cup, as both teams support the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions player who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Scotland play seven of the top 10 World Rugby ranked teams during 2018 across a 12-match schedule, with five home and seven away matches.
The Wales game will provide Test-level build-up for the Scots’ own 2018 Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield, which will kick-off on Saturday 10 November against Fiji, followed on consecutive Saturdays by fixtures against South Africa on 17 November and Argentina seven days later.
Between the NatWest 6 Nations and Autumn Test series in 2018, Scotland will travel to the Americas for their summer Tests this June with games against Canada, USA and Argentina all confirmed.
Head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Facing Wales on the road is an exciting prospect for our players as we begin the final of year of preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019. Four Test matches in four weeks is a very similar challenge to the one that we will face in Japan.
“This additional contest in the autumn will allow us to expose more Scotland players to international rugby.”