The Wallabies will kick off their 2022 season in Perth against arch-nemesis England in July as Australia looks to “right a few wrongs” from last year’s defeat in London.
Rugby Australia on Tuesday unveiled the details of the three-Test series which opens on July 2 at Optus Stadium.
Game two is at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 9 and the third at the 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 whitewash over Michael Cheika’s men.
England also beat the Wallabies 32-15 in November to make it eight straight victories against Australia but Jones is now under pressure to keep his job after a disappointing Six Nations.
“We are looking forward to welcoming England and Eddie back to Australia in July for what will be a highlight on the Australian sporting calendar in 2022,” RA chief executive Andy Marinos said.
“As we have a few wrongs to right from our encounter in November last year, both teams will be looking to build momentum leading into the 2023 World Cup and set down some clear markers.
“To be able to host them in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, the latter of which haven’t seen the Wallabies play live since 2019, is a really exciting opportunity for all Australians and those travelling from overseas.
“The rivalry between Australia and England is one that runs deep across many sports, and we look to forward to writing another chapter in its history this 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 Test matches in a row against England is the perfect opportunity to do that,” Rennie said.
“It’s always special when Australia and England meet in the sporting arena and we’re looking forward to seeing plenty of gold jerseys in the stands during July.
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“There’s not many bigger Tests in World Rugby than when the Wallabies play England and we’re looking forward to seeing plenty of gold jerseys in the stands during July.”
RA also confirmed the Wallaroos will play home Tests against Fiji and Japan in May.
The Fiji Test is set for Brisbane on May 6 before the Japan clash on the Gold Coast on May 10.
“Playing two strong nations like Japan and Fiji is extremely important to gain experience as a group against different styles of rugby,” new Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning said.
“There’s been an immense amount of preparation for these upcoming Test matches and the playing group, as well as the coaching staff, are itching to get their national campaign back underway.”
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