Wallabies set for condensed three-Test series against France

The Wallabies' July Test series now appears certain to proceed, albeit with a change of schedule that will see the two teams play three matches inside 11 days.

It is welcome news for a cash-strapped Rugby Australia who on Thursday announced a $27.1m loss for 2020, chairman Hamish McLennan revealing the prospect of the game turning "amateur" was genuinely entertained.

But with cost-cutting measures undertaken and more surety in the form of a new television deal, Australian rugby can now take steady steps towards financial security, which will likely come with the assistance of private equity.

And there will at least be some money flowing into the business after France Federation Rugby president Bernard Laporte confirmed Les Bleus would be heading Down Under in July.

"We will play our three games," Laporte told Sud Ouest.

However, the tour will look slightly different to the typical mid-year Test series with the Wallabies now set to face France on Jul. 7, 13 and 17; the matches to be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights.

While the dates are still to be locked in by Rugby Australia, they are what France is preparing to contest with an extended squad that will be affected by the Top 14 final, for at least the first Test on Jul. 7.

ESPN understands the three Tests will be played in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with Suncorp Stadium, AAMI Park and either Bankwest Stadium, the SCG or Stadium Australia, the likely venues.

Currently ranked 5th in the world, France will arrive in Australia off the back of a promising Six Nations campaign that suffered a sour ending when they were pipped by Scotland at home in Paris.

Fabien Galthie's side had otherwise beaten Wales, Italy and Ireland and held the lead late in their losses to both England and Scotland.

With the three Tests set to be played across just 11 days, it is expected that Wallabies coach Dave Rennie will also name an extended squad to deal with the short turnaround between the second and third matches, and to provide cover for potential injuries.

Rennie began his Wallabies tenure in promising fashion last year but ultimately finished with just one victory - the Bledisloe Cup triumph over the All Blacks - from a campaign that yielded a 1-2-3 record.

The Wallabies would like come together soon after the final of the crossover trans-Tasman Super Rugby series on Jun. 19, giving Australia around a fortnight to prepare for the first Test against France.

France will be subject to quarantine restrictions upon entering Australia, though it is expected they will be set up with hotel and training facilities in a similar fashion to how Argentina were ahead of last year's Tri Nations.

Australia and France last met in Paris in 2016 with the Wallabies triumphing 25-23.