NEW Zealand and Argentina have been confirmed as Scotland’s opponents in next year’s Autumn Tests in addition to Japan. The game against the Pumas will be the first of the three Murrayfield matches and will take place on the weekend of 6 November. The Japan match, previously announced by the SRU, will be held the following weekend, and the three-game series will conclude with the visit of the All Blacks on the weekend of 20 November.
“Representing your country is the pinnacle of the sport and in 2020 we will have opportunities to pit ourselves against some of the world’s leading teams,” Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said in a press release from the SRU. “To host Argentina, Japan and New Zealand at BT Murrayfield following our games against England and France in the Six Nations provides fantastic competitive challenges which we look forward to seeing our players embrace.”
Scotland last played Argentina in 2018, winning in Resistencia in the last game of their summer tour of the Americas and then also beating the Pumas in Edinburgh a few months later. Townsend’s team last met Japan far more recently, of course, going down 28-21 in their last pool match at the World Cup last month. The last game against New Zealand was the narrow defeat in 2017, also at Murrayfield.
The Calcutta Cup match in February is already sold out, but tickets for the France match will go on public sale at 10am this Thursday. A three-match package for the Autumn Tests will go on offer at some point before Christmas.
SCOTLAND FIXTURES 2020 (all kick-offs British time):
Six Nations Championship
Weekend of 6 Nov: Scotland v Argentina (BT Murrayfield, kick-off tbc)
Weekend of 13: Scotland v Japan (BT Murrayfield, kick-off tbc)
Weekend of 20: Scotland v New Zealand (BT Murrayfield, kick-off tbc)