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England face Tonga on November 6, the first meeting between the teams since the 2019 Rugby World Cup; Eddie Jones’ side will also face Australia and world champions South Africa on November 13 and 20 respectively.

Last update: 07/20/21 11:42 a.m.

Luke Cowan-Dickie was among England’s scorers in their victory over Tonga in the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Tonga will complete England’s opponent squad for the fall series at Twickenham.

The Pacific Islanders will kick off the program on November 6 ahead of Australia and South Africa, then face Eddie Jones’ side on successive weekends.

England’s last meeting with Tonga was a 35-3 win in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“This game will continue our World Cup rivalry where we had a good tough game against them,” Jones said.

“They are producing a lot of good players and playing physical and exciting rugby. It’s a great way to start our fall internationals.

“This summer it was great to play in front of fans again at Twickenham. The difference it made for the players has been huge.”

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England finished this year’s Six Nations in fifth place, but swept away the United States and Canada earlier this month.

“With the young team we had in July, the 13 players who joined the Lions and the others who spent the summer regenerating, we know it will be a strong and competitive group of players this fall,” said Jones.

The Rugby Football Union will donate to Tonga Rugby as a gesture of goodwill.

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