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England line up Australia series

Published 19/06/2015

Australia and England have played many memorable matches, including the 2003 World Cup final
Australia and England have played many memorable matches, including the 2003 World Cup final

Australia will next year welcome England in a three-match series for the first time.

The two nations have never contested a three-match series despite a century-old rivalry, but they will battle it out in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next June.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: "With a rivalry that dates back to 1909, it is remarkable that Australia and England have never before played a three-match series and the history of this occasion is sure to add to the anticipation for the tour."

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."

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