The stage is set for a thrilling lineup of summer rugby tours in the northern hemisphere, promising fans some epic showdowns later this year.
These matches hold added significance as they mark potentially the final time they’ll be held in their traditional calendar slot, with the upcoming British & Irish Lions Tour next year and the announcement of the inaugural World Rugby Nations Championship in 2026, slated across the July and November international windows.
With the opportunity to clinch historic series victories, the anticipation builds as we delve into the match-ups for this summer.
England kicks off their tour with a clash against Japan in June, followed by a much-anticipated trip to New Zealand, marking their first visit since 2014. Both teams are in transition, having seen key players retire post-World Cup, alongside New Zealand’s introduction of new head coach Scott Robertson.
Ireland gears up for a rematch against reigning world champions South Africa, reminiscent of their intense World Cup group-stage encounter. A battle between two of rugby’s toughest and most skillful teams promises an epic showdown.
Under Warren Gatland’s guidance, a rejuvenated Wales heads Down Under to take on Australia. With both teams aiming to regain their former glory, victory is crucial for momentum.
France embarks on a tour of Argentina for two test matches, aiming to secure a series win against familiar foes. However, they’ll miss the influential Antoine Dupont, who is focusing on preparations for the Olympic Sevens tournament.
Scotland’s sights are set on a tour of the Pacific islands, promising an entertaining clash against some of rugby’s most dynamic teams.
Italy rounds off the lineup with a tour of North America, facing off against Canada and the USA, in what promises to be an exciting series.
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Four players Steve Borthwick should drop – and who should replace them for Scotland
#1. Fraser Dingwall
Telegraph 5/10: “The try covered a multitude of sins – from George North running straight through him, to not holding his line before passing to Daly.”
Planet Rugby 6/10: “Not a huge carrying threat but a smart operator. Took his try well and is a good distributor on the gain line, although he needs to show more in the rest of the Six Nations.”
Replacement: Ollie Lawrence or Manu Tuilagi (If fit)