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 next 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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Billy Vunipola and Danny Care have returned from international exile after Eddie Jones included them in a 36-man squad for England’s tour of Australia.

Vunipola, who was excellent for Saracens in the Premiership final, suffered a concussion in the game but was included in the squad having last played in the 2021 Six Nations.

Scrum-half Care’s last cap came against Japan in 2018, though the 35-year-old, who has had a superb season for Harlequins, did come off the bench in England' non-cap 52-21 defeat by the Barbarians.

There are eight uncapped players in the squad – Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter, Patrick Schickerling, Jack van Poortvliet and Jack Walker, along with Henry Arundell and Will Joseph who are named as apprentice players.

Alex Dombrandt, Joe Cokanasiga, George Ford, Sam Simmonds, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Sinckler, Anthony Watson, Louis Lynagh and George Furbank were unavailable through injury, while Ben Youngs also misses the trip due to family reasons.

Prop Joe Marler was another big name not to make the trip, along with Premiership player of the year Ben Earl.

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