Mid-year rugby union internationals

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For the most recent Mid-year window go to 2018 June rugby union tests

The July Tests, also known as the summer Tests or mid-year Tests, are international rugby union matches played around the month of July each year. They include traditional summer tours by European nations to countries in the southern hemisphere, North America or Japan, as well as shorter international trips and one-off test matches. They follow the end of the domestic rugby season for northern hemisphere countries. In 2012, the International Rugby Board (IRB) introduced a three-weekend window in June during which players are required to be released by their clubs for international matches. From 2020 due to changes to the World Rugby international calendar, the window will be moved to July.

Mid-year tests since 2004Edit

2004Edit

Australia hosted a tour by Scotland and won 2-0, while New Zealand won their home series against England by the same score. Ireland made a tour of South Africa, losing their 2-0. The Pacific Islanders (made up of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa players) played Australia, New Zealand and South Africa once each, losing all 3 matches. Wales toured Argentina, drawing 1-1. France visited the US and Canada, playing one test against each, and winning both.

Test Series   Result Victor  
New Zealand v England 2–0   New Zealand
Argentina v Wales 1–1 Drawn
South Africa v Ireland 2–0   South Africa
Australia v Scotland 2–0   Australia

2005Edit

2005 saw the British and Irish Lions undertake their first tour of New Zealand since 1993. New Zealand comprehensively won 3-0. Ireland and Wales toured with teams weakened by players representing the Lions; Wales won one test each against the USA and Canada, while Japan were defeated 2–0 by Ireland. Japan had previously visited Uruguay and Argentina, losing one test to each.

Australia won home tests against Samoa, Italy and France. Australia then played South Africa twice, home and away, with the home team winning each time. South Africa hosted a two-test series against France, winning 1-0 with one match drawn. Italy also toured Argentina, drawing a two-test series 1-1.

Test Series   Result Victor  
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions 3–0   New Zealand
South Africa v France 1–0   South Africa
Japan v Ireland 0–2   Ireland
Argentina v Italy 1–1 Drawn

2006Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
Australia v England 2–0   Australia
Argentina v Wales 2–0   Argentina
New Zealand v Ireland 2–0   New Zealand
South Africa v Scotland 2–0   South Africa

Notes:

  • Ireland lost both tests on their New Zealand tour. Ireland also lost a one-off test against Australia, which was played in Perth.

2007Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
South Africa v England 2–0   South Africa
Australia v Wales 2–0   Australia
Argentina v Ireland 2–0   Argentina
New Zealand v France 2–0   New Zealand

2008Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
New Zealand v England 2–0   New Zealand
South Africa v Wales 2–0   South Africa
Argentina v Scotland 1–1 Drawn
Australia v France 2–0   Australia

2009Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
South Africa v British & Irish Lions 2–1   South Africa
Argentina v England 1–1 Drawn
New Zealand v France 1–1 Drawn
Australia v Italy 2–0   Australia

2010Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
Australia v England 1–1 drawn
New Zealand v Wales 2–0   New Zealand
Argentina v Scotland 0–2   Scotland
South Africa v Italy 2–0   South Africa

2011Edit

This was the first time since 1973, and only the second in the past 50 years, that none of the Home nations, or the British and Irish Lions, toured the southern hemisphere in the summer. Instead, there were warm-up matches ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.


2012Edit

In 2012 the IRB formalised a global rugby calendar, which will run until 2019. The calendar includes a return of some traditional tours by European teams, in which a team plays multiple tests against a southern hemisphere side, often with mid-week matches against provincial or regional sides.

England and Wales beat the Barbarians, with only Wales awarding caps, before touring South Africa and Australia respectively. South Africa hosted England for three tests, the first extended tour there since the Lions' 1997 tour, and won the series 2-0, with one draw.

Australia hosted Wales, playing their first three-test home series since the visit of the Lions in 2001, and winning 3-0. Australia had already lost a home test to Scotland, who also beat Fiji and Samoa in single tests. Scotland's visit to the Pacific islands was the first tour there by a tier 1 nation since 2006.

Ireland lost to the Barbarians, also a non-cap game, before touring New Zealand and being swept 3-0 in the series. This was Ireland and New Zealand's first ever three-test series, and the first longer tour hosted there since the Lions' visit in 2005.

Argentina hosted France, drawing a two-test series 1-1, and Italy, who they defeated in a single test. Italy also played tests against the USA and Canada, winning both.

The new calendar also provided expanded opportunities for "Tier 2" nations. Georgia visited Canada and the USA, losing one-off test matches to both. After their Pacific Nations Cup games, Japan played two home matches against the French Barbarians, losing both.

Test Series   Result Victor  
Australia v Wales (3 tests) 3–0   Australia
New Zealand v Ireland (3 tests) 3–0   New Zealand
Argentina v France (2 tests) 1–1 Drawn
South Africa v England (3 tests) 2–0   South Africa
Japan v French Barbarians (2 tests) 0–2 French Barbarians

Notes:

  • South Africa and England drew the final test, South Africa winning the series 2-0.

2013Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
Australia v British & Irish Lions (3 tests) 1–2 British and Irish Lions
New Zealand v France (3 tests) 3–0   New Zealand
Argentina v England (2 tests) 0–2   England
Japan v Wales (2 tests) 1–1 Drawn
South African Quadrangular Tournament   South Africa

Note:

  • The South African Quadrangular Tournament was a mini tournament that included hosts South Africa and three incoming nations; Italy, Scotland and Samoa.

2014Edit

Test Series   Result Victor  
Argentina v Ireland 0–2   Ireland
Australia v France 3–0   Australia
New Zealand v England 3–0   New Zealand
South Africa v Wales 2–0   South Africa

2015Edit

Because of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, no test series took place between the Home Unions (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and the SANZAR nations (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia). However, England, Ireland, Uruguay, Argentina, and South Africa did opt to play uncapped matches to assist their World Cup preparations.

Some Test matches were still played. Samoa hosted New Zealand in Apia, and Fiji hosted the Maori All Blacks in Suva. Kenya hosted test matches against Portugal and Spain.[1] A two test-series was also played with Russia touring to Namibia.

Test Series   Result Victor  
Namibia v Russia 0–2   Namibia

2016Edit

Event Result Victor
Argentina v France test series 1–1 Drawn
Australia v England test series 0–3   England
Japan v Scotland test series 0–2   Scotland
South Africa v Ireland test series 2–1   South Africa
New Zealand v Wales test series 3–0   New Zealand

2017Edit

Event Result Victor
Argentina v England test series 0–2   England
Japan v Ireland test series 0–2   Ireland
New Zealand v British and Irish Lions test series 1–1 Drawn
South Africa v France test series 3–0   South Africa
South Africa A v French Barbarians series 2–0   South Africa A

2018Edit

Event Result Victor
South Africa v England test series 2–1   South Africa
Australia v Ireland test series 1–2   Ireland
Argentina v Wales test series 0–2   Wales
New Zealand v France test series 3–0   New Zealand
Japan v Italy series 1–1 draw

2019Edit

Because of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, no test series took place between the Home Unions (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and the SANZAAR nations (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and Argentina). However, Uruguay did opt to play a match to assist their World Cup preparation.

Some Test matches were still played. Spain and Romania toured South America, both teams playing tests against Brazil and Chile with Spain playing an addition match against Uruguay.

2020Edit

Event Result Victor
Argentina v France test series
Australia v Ireland test series
Japan v England test series
New Zealand v Wales test series
South Africa v Scotland test series

See alsoEdit

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