Ireland announce Rugby World Cup warm-up games

Ireland will play Wales twice ahead of the World Cup
Ireland will play Wales twice ahead of the World Cup

Ireland have announced a four-Test programme as their build-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Joe Schmidt's men will start their summer series against Wales in Cardiff on 8 August.

They will be at home to Scotland a week later followed by a return meeting with the Welsh in Dublin on 29 August.

Ireland conclude the World Cup warm-up schedule by taking on England at Twickenham on 5 September.

Having won this year's Six Nations and beaten South Africa, Georgia and Australia in the autumn internationals, the Irish will be hoping to make an impact in the World Cup.

Their opening match sees them take on Canada in Cardiff on 19 September and their other pool opponents are Italy, Romania and France.

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