England will face South Africa, Australia and one ’emerging nation’ in autumn of 2021 with Eddie Jones relishing clash against world champions as ‘benchmark’ for his side
- England will face South Africa for first time since losing the World Cup final
- They meet Springboks in autumn of 2021 alongside Australia and one other side
- Emerging nation to face England at Twickenham next year is still to be decided
- Eddie Jones is excited by prospect of rematch against world champions
England will host the world champion Springboks in the autumn of 2021, with Australia and an ’emerging nation’ lined up for Twickenham Tests.
As Sportsmail revealed in May Eddie Jones’ men will meet the South Africans for the first time since the World Cup final of 2019 in November next year, three months after the Lions tour.
The match will be the third autumn Test, which if Covid rules allow it to go ahead, will mean there is no need for another Autumn Nations Cup which England won last Sunday.
England will take on Australia, South Africa and one side yet to be announced next autumn
South Africa beat England in the World Cup final and will be visitors to Twickenham next year
If the Australians make it over in 2021 they will be the first southern hemisphere opposition England have faced at Twickenham since 2018, when they beat the Wallabies and South Africa but lost to New Zealand at home.
The All Blacks will not be coming to Twickenham in 2021, though, but it is believed that they are initially lined up for 2022 in the build-up to the next World Cup in France.
The match against an ’emerging nation’, the opposition is yet to be confirmed, will likely take place on November 6, with the Australians and South Africans following on consecutive Saturdays.
Eddie Jones’ side, fresh from their Autumn Nations Cup triumph, will head into 2021 confident
These three home Tests will bring a big boost to Twickenham’s coffers, which have been drastically hit by the coronavirus lockdowns.
ENGLAND AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS 2021:
Saturday 6 November – England v TBC Emerging Nation
Saturday 13 November – England v Australia
Saturday 20 November – England v South Africa
Home Tests pre-Covid made the RFU more than £10million a pop, so hosting Scotland, Italy, France and three southern hemisphere sides in 2021 will help ease the pain of missing out on more than £100m of revenue in 2020.
The RFU will be under pressure next year to share a portion of the gate receipts with the ’emerging nation’ due to the opposition’s paucity of resources, and as England rare play reciprocal fixtures.
It is understood the governing body will consider how to support that lower-ranked country closer to the game.
England head coach Eddie Jones said: ‘These will be some good games of rugby and tough tests for us as we work to improve ourselves as a team.
‘South Africa are world champions and we’ll be looking to benchmark ourselves against them.
‘Australia are rapidly improving, have a lot of new talent coming through and good coaches like Dave Rennie and Scott Wisemantel, who we know well.
Owen Farrell and Co can look forward to ‘tough tests’, according to their head coach
‘We’ve not had the chance to play southern hemisphere teams this year, so it will be a good chance to see where we are up to and hopefully some great rugby for our supporters to enjoy.’ South Africa’s World Cup winning boss Rassie Erasmus added: ‘Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special.
‘England are an incredibly proud rugby nation and in Eddie Jones they have an astute coach who will no doubt be working on a plan to outsmart the Springboks for our rematch at Twickenham.
‘The history and rivalry between our two countries always make for a great contest and we are looking forward to play the English at their Twickenham fortress where it will require a special performance to match them.’
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