England rugby tour of Australia 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch

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England rugby tour of Australia 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch - CAMERASPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES
England rugby tour of Australia 2022: When is it, how many fixtures are planned, and how to watch - CAMERASPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES

Eddie Jones insists England are ready to hunt down the Wallabies as they prepare for confrontation on and off the pitch during their three-Test tour of Australia.

Jones has named a 36-man squad that features recalls for No 8 Billy Vunipola and scrum-half Danny Care, but counts Joe Marler, Ben Youngs and Elliot Daly as big-name omissions.

England's last visit to Australia in 2016 ended with a stunning series whitewash but Jones and his tourists were forced to overcome a co-ordinated campaign of disruption off the pitch, including the head coach facing a prolonged search of his luggage at Brisbane Airport.

As a taster of what is to come, the host broadcaster has produced a trailer to the series in which obnoxious and sunburnt red rose fans drink tea and eat cakes before being interrupted by Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou.

"We've got to go after them. We've got a whole intention of going after them," said Jones, who has won all eight meetings with Australia as England coach. "Davie Rennie's sides traditionally want to play on the front foot, so it's going to be about who wins the front foot.

"There will be really hard, flat tracks and abusive crowds. They are in the face, the Australians. The media are going to be in our face - they are aggressive.

"It's a really aggressive environment. You can learn so much about your players and your squad on those tours and we've missed that.

"I'm sure it'll be fun. For Australians, it's the biggest tour and it's going to be huge. It's going to be fantastic for rugby and it's going to be fantastic for our squad."

How many Tests are there?

England will travel to Australia for a a three-Test series this month, with fixtures in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.

When are the matches?

The first Test in Perth is on Saturday July 2, the second Test takes place in Brisbane on Saturday July 9 and the third and final Test will be held in Sydney on Saturday July 16. All three games kick off at 11am BST.

What TV channel are the games on?

The three Tests will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. Alternatively, you can follow Telegraph Sport's live coverage of all three matches.

Danny Care returned for England in the non-cap international against the Barbarians - CAMERASPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES
Danny Care returned for England in the non-cap international against the Barbarians - CAMERASPORT VIA GETTY IMAGES

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Matt Proudfoot insists England have drawn on rugby league's State of Origin series to highlight their own vulnerability despite heading into Saturday's first Test against Australia in a position of dominance.

Eddie Jones has won all eight matches against the Wallabies since becoming England head coach at the end of 2015, compiling an extraordinary record against the team he guided from 2001 to 2005.

On Sunday Jones' entire touring party were present at the Optus Stadium - the setting for this weekend's opener - to watch New South Wales level their series against Queensland with an emphatic 44-12 victory.

Proudfoot, England's forwards coach, believes Australia will be spurred on by their lack of success in the fixture.

"It gives you a certain amount of vulnerability because you know the opposition is itching for your scalp," Proudfoot said. "You're vulnerable at stages like this.

"We went to the State of Origin on Sunday night. Queensland did really well, unexpectedly, in the first game. In the second game, it turned over. So when you win, you're vulnerable because your opposition is obviously hurting and wanting to come back.

"A large contingent of the Wallabies team comes from the Brumbies and the way they have have played at Super Rugby has been a big step forward. They've been really competitive and that will be the mood in the Australian camp.

"There's the cultural application from eastern Australians, how passionate they are about sport. I think that filters through all Australian sports. I grew up watching Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson bowling on the Waca as a South African.

"That's evident in all Australian sport. And to sit there at the ground watching the State of Origin - I think that's what the players took from it, how intense it was."

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