Eddie Jones’ England will host New Zealand next year in a rematch of their 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final, where the Red Rose ended a six-loss streak against the All Blacks
New Zealand will visit Twickenham for the first time in four years after England confirmed the All Blacks as one of four opponents for their 2022 Autumn Nations Series schedule.
Ian Foster’s side will travel to London on Saturday, November 19, almost four years to the day since they last made the trip to Headquarters.
It will be the first time the rugby heavyweights have met since the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-finals when Eddie Jones ‘ side beat the All Blacks 19-7 before losing to South Africa in the tournament decider.
And next year’s autumn series will adopt an identical route after the Rugby Football Union confirmed the Red Rose will conclude their programme against the Springboks on November 26.
They’ll also get a chance to size up 2023 Rugby World Cup pool opponents Argentina and Japan, who will visit Twickenham on Sunday, November 6 and Saturday, November 12, respectively.
“These fixtures will be a really important part of our preparation for the 2023 World Cup,” said head coach Jones after the 2022 November slate was announced.
“It’s almost a mini World Cup in itself, and we are fortunate to have it less than a year before the tournament.
“It will be a good litmus test for the team to see where we are at, culminating in playing first and second in the world.
“We saw how much of a difference having a full Twickenham Stadium was this autumn, and we can’t wait to play a series of games against such quality opposition in front of our supporters.”
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England recently went unbeaten during this year’s November series after defeating Tonga, Australia and South Africa as Jones promoted a new-look squad peppered with youthful prospects.
World Cup titleholders South Africa are the only surviving opponents set to return next autumn, with Jacques Nienaber’s side eager to avenge their 27-26 loss at Twickenham last month.
England will face Japan for only the third time under Test conditions, meanwhile, having previously clashed in 1987 and 2018, with the Red Rose triumphing on both occasions.
Jones’ men soared to a 39-10 victory over Argentina when they collided in Japan two years ago, condemning the Pumas to a third-place finish in their World Cup pool—and an early exit as a result.
The northern-hemisphere giants defeated New Zealand against the odds in that tournament semi-final, but the All Blacks had won six meetings prior to that, including three consecutive visits to Twickenham.
Foster’s side looked vulnerable after surrendering back-to-back losses to Ireland and France last month, with the head coach under pressure to improve their fortunes in 2022.
Jones & Co will treat the fixture as a key opportunity to test their mettle against elite opposition less than a year out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, hoping to complete another autumn clean sweep.