Ireland start autumn series against South Africa

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations trophy

Ireland will play South Africa, Australia and Georgia in their autumn international series in November.

The newly crowned Six Nations champions begin the series against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 8 November (GMT 17:30).

Joe Schmidt's squad will face Georgia, who almost shocked Ireland at the 2007 World Cup, on Sunday 16 November.

Ireland's final game will be against Australia on Saturday 22 November (GMT 16:30) in Dublin.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who led the team to the Six Nations championship on Saturday with victory over France in Paris, has said he will be using the November series to blood some new players.

Players such as Darren Cave, Luke Fitzgerald and Jared Payne will be vying for the number thirteen jersey vacated by the retiring Brian O'Driscoll.

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