Wallabies to Play Four Tests on 2012 Rugby Tour to Europe

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Australia will play four Test matches on its rugby union tour to Europe in November and December.

The Wallabies open their tour Nov. 10 against France in Paris before facing England, Italy and Wales on successive Saturdays, the Australian Rugby Union said today.

The squad will be announced in late October. Australia hosts world champion New Zealand on Oct. 20 in the third and final Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane. The All Blacks already retained the trophy for a 10th straight series by winning both meetings between the teams in the inaugural Rugby Championship.

     WALLABIES 2012 TOUR SCHEDULE (All kickoff times local)
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     Nov. 10   vs  France     Paris                  8:45 p.m.
     Nov. 17   vs  England    Twickenham, London     2:30 p.m.
     Nov. 24   vs  Italy      Florence              12:00 p.m.
     Dec. 1    vs  Wales      Cardiff                2:30 p.m.

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