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Australia to host 1st 3-test series vs Ireland next June

SYDNEY (AP) The Wallabies will host Ireland next June in the first ever three-test series for the Lansdowne Cup.

In an announcement coinciding with a visit to Sydney by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday said the tests would be played at Brisbane (June 9), Melbourne (June 16) and Sydney (June 23).

No. 4-ranked Ireland has beaten the Wallabies by three points in the last two test encounters, in 2014 and '16 in Dublin, but hasn't played in Australia since 2010.