Summer Internationals (Mid-year Internationals)

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The Summer Internationals as they are known in the Northern Hemisphere, or Mid-year Internationals as they are known in the Southern Hemisphere are a series of international rugby union test matches that are played in June or July.

The matches are usually hosted by Southern Hemisphere nations against touring Northern Hemisphere teams, with the reverse occurring during the Autumn Internationals. Typically Summer Internationals do not take place during a Rugby World Cup year and the Home Nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales do not tour Australia, New Zealand and South Africa during a British and Irish Lions touring year.


2021 Summer Internationals

The British and Irish Lions will be touring South Africa in 2021, the Springboks warming up with two tests against Georgia in the first international matches they have played since being crowned world champions at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Lions meanwhile ahead of their tour matches, will play Japan at Murrayfield who will also play Ireland in Dublin a couple of weeks later.

Ireland were due to tour Fiji but this was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions and will instead play a second match against the USA in Dublin. Fiji meanwhile will play a first test series against the All Blacks, who will also play a single match against Tonga before the Rugby Championship.

Both England and Wales have had to reverse their tours due to Covid-19 restrictions, with Argentina instead travelling to Wales and Canada and the USA travelling to England. Scotland meanwhile will go on an Eastern European tour to play Romania and Georgia.

The only tour that has not been altered is France’s tour down under to Australia, where they are due to play three matches.

26/06/2021 (15:00) – British and Irish Lions 28-10 Japan (Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)

27/06/2021 (14:00) – England A v Scotland A (Welford Road, Leicester) – CANCELLED

02/07/2021 (19:00) – South Africa 40-9 Georgia (Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria)

03/07/2021 (13:00) – Ireland 39-31 Japan (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

03/07/2021 (14:00) – England 43-29 USA (Twickenham Stadium, London)

03/07/2021 (15:00) – Wales 68-12 Canada (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

03/07/2021 (16:30) – Māori All Blacks 38-21 Samoa (Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland)

03/07/2021 (18:00) – Lions 14-56 British and Irish Lions (Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg)

03/07/2021 (19:05) – New Zealand 102-0 Tonga (Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland)

03/07/2021 (21:00) – Romania v Argentina (Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest)

07/07/2021 (20:00) – Sharks 7-54 British and Irish Lions (Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg)

07/07/2021 (20:00) – Australia 23-21 France (Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney)

09/07/2021 (15:00) – England v Canada (Twickenham Stadium, London)

09/07/2021 (19:00) – South Africa v Georgia (Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg)

10/07/2021 (13:00) – Wales v Argentina (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

10/07/2021 (18:00) – Sharks v British and Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

10/07/2021 (19:05) – New Zealand v Fiji (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)

10/07/2021 (19:15) – Ireland v USA (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

10/07/2021 (KO TBC) – Romania v Scotland (Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest) – CANCELLED

13/07/2021 (20:00) – Australia v France (AAMI Park, Melbourne)

14/07/2021 (20:00) – South Africa ‘A’ v British and Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

17/07/2021 (15:00) – Wales v Argentina (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

17/07/2021 (18:00) – Stormers v British and Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

17/07/2021 (19:05) – New Zealand v Fiji (FMG Stadium, Hamilton)

17/07/2021 (20:00) – Australia v France (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

17/07/2021 (KO TBC) – Georgia v Scotland (TBC)

24/07/2021 (18:00) – South Africa v British and Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

31/07/2021 (18:00) – South Africa v British and Irish Lions (FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

07/08/2021 (18:00) – South Africa v British and Irish Lions (FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

07/08/2021 (19:05) – New Zealand v Australia (Eden Park, Auckland)

All times are local.


2022 Summer Internationals

The 2022 Summer Internationals are due to see England tour Australia, Wales tour South Africa and Ireland tour New Zealand.


Further Information

World Rugby Official Website

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