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England’s 2018 Autumn Tests confirmed

England to play world champions New Zealand for the first time since 2014 as their fixtures for the 2018 Old Mutual Wealth Series were confirmed today.

Eddie Jones’ side will play four Test matches in next season’s series at Twickenham Stadium against South Africa (November 3), New Zealand (November 10), Japan (November 17) and Australia (November 24).

All matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports with kick off times to be confirmed at a later date.

England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “The 2018 Old Mutual Wealth Series is incredibly important for England as we build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

“We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play extremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week period.

“The series will give us a really good indicator of where we are as a squad, a year out from the Rugby World Cup, and gives us a real focus on what we have to do over the next 12 months to be ready for that series and win.

“Over the next year we need to continue to develop a bulletproof side, that can find ways to win in matches, and we will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks. Our ambition is to be the number one team in the world going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

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