The Wallabies begin their 2022 season in Perth against arch-nemesis England in July as Australia seek to “right some wrongs” from last year’s defeat in London.
Rugby Australia revealed details of the three-Test series on Tuesday which will open on July 2 at Optus Stadium.
The second match will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 9 and the third at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 16.
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It will be England’s first tour of Australia since 2016, when Eddie Jones led a 3-0 shutout over Michael Cheika’s men.
England also beat the Wallabies 32-15 in November to claim eight straight wins over Australia, but Jones is now under pressure to keep his job after a disappointing Six Nations.
“We look forward to welcoming England and Eddie to Australia in July for what will be a highlight of the Australian sporting calendar in 2022,” said RA chief executive Andy Marinos.
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“As we have some wrongs to right since our meeting in November last year, both teams will be looking to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup and establish clear benchmarks.
“Being able to host them in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, the latter of which have not seen the Wallabies play live since 2019, is a really exciting opportunity for all Australians and those visiting from overseas.
“The rivalry between Australia and England runs deep in many sports, and we look forward to writing another chapter in its history in July.”
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is currently working with a 40-man squad on the Gold Coast.
“We talk a lot about wanting to challenge ourselves against the best teams in the world and three consecutive Test matches against England are the perfect opportunity to do that,” Rennie said.
“It’s always special when Australia and England meet in the sporting arena and we can’t wait to see plenty of gold jerseys in the stands in July.
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“There aren’t many more important Tests in World Rugby than when the Wallabies take on England and we can’t wait to see plenty of gold shirts in the stands in July.”
RA have also confirmed that the Wallaroos will play home Tests against Fiji and Japan in May.
The Fiji test is scheduled for Brisbane on May 6 ahead of Japan’s Gold Coast clash on May 10.
“Playing against two strong nations like Japan and Fiji is hugely important to gaining experience as a group against different styles of rugby,” said new Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning.
“There has been a tremendous amount of preparation for these upcoming Test matches and the group of players, as well as the coaching staff, are looking forward to kick-starting their domestic campaign.”
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