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

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Eddie Jones. - AP
Eddie Jones. - AP

England got their tour of Australia under way with a chastening defeat to the Wallabies, which piles more pressure onto head coach Eddie Jones.

There have been heavier losses under Jones but this was a microcosm of all that has been wrong with England since the 2019 World Cup. Shapeless in attack, porous in defence and comprehensively beaten up at the breakdown and scrum by an Australian team that played more than half the game a man short after Darcy Swain’s red card.

This follows hot on the heels of losing to a Barbarians team that played most of the match with 14 men. A theme is emerging and it is not encouraging.

How many Tests are there?

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

What are the fixtures and results?

First Test, Saturday July 2, Perth: Australia 30-28 England

Second Test, Saturday July 9, Brisbane 10:55am

Third Test, Saturday July 16, Sydney 10:55am

First blood to Australia in the Tour series - AFP
First blood to Australia in the Tour series - AFP

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.

Latest news

Eddie Jones has rolled the dice for England's do-or-die second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday by giving debuts to Guy Porter and Tommy Freeman.

In a shock overhaul of the three-quarters, Porter comes in for Joe Marchant at outside centre and Freeman replaces the underperforming Joe Cokanasiga on the left wing.

Completing the trio of changes in the backs is Jack van Poortvliet who makes his full debut at scrum-half after being given the nod ahead of Danny Care.

The final adjustment to the side defeated 30-28 in the first Test in Perth is Sam Underhill filling the void at openside created by Tom Curry's tour-ending concussion.

Jones has opted for a six-two split between forwards and backs on a bench that includes teenage sensation Henry Arundell, who will be aiming to make another explosive cameo appearance.

"We have decided to make changes in our back line. They were tough calls but we feel they will strengthen the team. There are opportunities to attack against Australia which we can take," Jones said.

"This game is the perfect practice for the World Cup and our focus is putting on our best performance."

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