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England to play historic three-Test series in Australia

England to play historic three-Test series in Australia

England will play the Qantas Wallabies in a first ever three-Test series between the teams in Australia in June 2016 (live on Sky Sports HD).

The teams will compete for the Cook Cup at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Melbourne’s AAMI Park and Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
 
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “A Test series in Australia is a massive challenge and one to really look forward to. We all saw the excitement generated by the three Tests on the British & Irish Lions tour.
 
“We haven’t toured Australia since 2010 so for most of our squad it will be their first opportunity to play a senior Test there and I’m sure it will be a great series.”
 
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika said: “There is no question England are our greatest rivals from the north and this is guaranteed to be a really hard-fought and physical series.
 
“It will be a great opportunity for the players to be involved in an historic series but it also gives our fans plenty to look forward to next season.”
 
The opening Test of the series will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, June 11 the first time the teams have met there since 2004.
 
More history will be made when Melbourne’s AAMI Park hosts its first Australia Test.
 
The home of the Melbourne Rebels will welcome England on Saturday, June 18, for the second match of the series.
 
The third Test will be played at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, June 25. It will be the first time the two countries have met at the Moore Park venue since 1997.
 
Australia v England, June 2016 (kick-off times TBC)
Saturday 11 June, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 18 June, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday 25 June, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

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