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.
27/06/2021 (14:00) – England A v Scotland A (Welford Road, Leicester) – CANCELLED
03/07/2021 (16:30) – Māori All Blacks 38-21 Samoa (Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland)
03/07/2021 (21:00) – Romania v Argentina (Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest)
10/07/2021 (19:05) – New Zealand v Fiji (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin)
10/07/2021 (KO TBC) – Romania v Scotland (Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest) – CANCELLED
17/07/2021 (KO TBC) – Georgia v Scotland (TBC)
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.