Ireland and Canada in autumn fixture

Ireland and Canada in action during the Rugby World Cup in September 2015
Ireland and Canada have met on seven occasions

Ireland are to play Canada in the opening match of their series of 2016 autumn internationals.

The match, the eighth meeting between the nations, will be played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, 12 November.

The following Saturday, Ireland play World Cup winners New Zealand, followed by a match against runners-up Australia on 26 November.

Ireland beat Canada 50-7 in their opening match of the 2015 World Cup.

On that occasion, more than 68,000 fans created a great atmosphere at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The 2016 fixture will be the third time Canada have visited Ireland, having played at the old Lansdowne Road in 1997 and Thomond Park in 2008.

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