Scotland to host South Africa and Australia in Murrayfield Test matches

Scotland will host South Africa and Australia in autumn Tests next year.

Huw Jones in action for Scotland against South Africa in 2018.
Huw Jones in action for Scotland against South Africa in 2018.

Gregor Townsend’s side will play three matches in November 2021, with the third opponents yet to be finalised.

The matches will be played at BT Murrayfield on the weekends of November 6, 13 and 20, with the Springboks up first followed by the Wallabies a week later.

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Scotland were due to tour South Africa in the summer but the trip was cancelled due to the restrictions on travel caused by the coronavirus.

The Scots last met the Spingboks in 2018, with the South Africans winning 26-20 in Edinburgh. They won the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year, beating England in the final.

Scotland will be aiming for a hat-trick of successive victories against the Wallabies, having won their last two encounters at BT Murrayfield and in Sydney, both in 2017.

The Scots have won four of their last seven meetings against Australia, where, until their 53-24 triumph in the last match, there was never more than a single score between the sides.

Australia are now coached by Dave Rennie, the former Glasgow Warriors coach.

The SRU has announced that three-match packages for the 2021 autumn Tests will go on sale at on Friday at 10am, with a pre-sale access window open to those with Nevis supporters’ club membership on Thursday at 10am.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: “The Autumn Internationals in 2021 will be another opportunity for our players to represent their country, hopefully with our fans in attendance, and provides the team with a different challenge and exciting challenge as a result.”

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