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England to face southern hemisphere big guns
April 1, 2000

The IRB released its autumn schedule of touring dates on Friday.

England will entertain southern hemisphere giants Australia and South Africa during a three-match international programme later this year.

Clive Woodward's men will face world champions Australia on November 18, then tackle Argentina a week later before rounding off with a game against South Africa on December 2.

Scotland will launch their programme with the visit of the United States on November 4 , before facing Australia and Samoa on successive weekends.

Wales meet Samoa on November 11, entertain the USA a week later, before meeting their toughest test against South Africa on November 25.

Ireland's two-match schedule features games against Japan on November 11 and South Africa a week later.

Full schedule :

Nov 1 : France v Japan
Nov 4 : Scotland v USA , France v Australia
Nov 11 : Scotland v Australia, Ireland v Japan, Wales v Samoa, France v New Zealand,Italy v Canada
Nov 18 : England v Australia, Ireland v South Africa, Scotland v Samoa, Wales v USA,
Nov 25 : England v Argentina, Wales v South Africa, Italy v New Zealand
Dec 2 : England v South Africa

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