England confirm 2013 autumn line-up
November 30, 2012
England will play Australia once again at Twickenham © PA Photos
England have confirmed their autumn internationals for 2013 with Stuart Lancaster's charges playing three matches in two weeks.
Lancaster's men will come up against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand over three consecutive Saturdays with the Wallabies Test kicking off the series on November 2. England will then challenge Argentina a week later and they will complete the line-up with a Test against the All Blacks on November 16, a team they will come face-to-face with on Saturday at Twickenham.
England have not fared well against southern hemisphere opposition having last beaten the All Blacks at Twickenham in 2002 and while they beat Australia in 2010, their previous win over the Wallabies at their traditional home came back in 2005. Argentina last played England at Twickenham back in 2009 and Martin Johnson's men won 16-9 but three years before, it was the Pumas who were victorious thanks to a 25-18 triumph.
And Lancaster is relishing the opportunity to see his side come up against some of the best teams in the world once again. "We have gone head to head with the best teams in the southern hemisphere at Twickenham," Lancaster said. "In the process, we have learnt a lot about our players and what is required to perform at the very top level of international rugby.
"We are looking forward to meeting Australia and New Zealand again next November and welcoming Argentina to Twickenham for the first time since 2009."
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