England's 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series fixtures confirmed

December 19, 2016

England rugby fans now know when they can enjoy corporate hospitality while watching Eddie Jones' men facing southern hemisphere opposition in the Old Mutual Wealth Series next autumn.

The 2017 fixture list will end with Test matches at Twickenham against Argentina on November 11th, Australia on November 18th and Samoa on November 25th.

Before that, Twickenham will also stage a match between an England XV and Barbarians in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham on May 28th.

Looking forward to the fixtures, England head coach Eddie Jones said: "This season’s Old Mutual Wealth Series was fantastic for England and we had brilliant support from 82,000 fans every week.

"This block of matches are an important step in our preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and we look forward to playing in the 2017 series against three tough opponents."

England's match against the Barbarians will be a warm-up for the two-match summer tour of Argentina, with England hoping to match their last result in the country, when they won both matches easily despite having several top players away on Lions duty.

By contrast, Argentina, who England beat at Twickenham last month, will be hoping they can win at least one of three matches against an England side that now looks second only to New Zealand.

Fans booking corporate hospitality for the next England home game at Twickenham - the Six Nations clash with France on February 4th - will be excited about the team's prospects in 2017 after going the whole first year of the new coach's reign unbeaten.

A Six Nations Grand Slam was followed by victory against Wales in a warm-up match before a tour to Australia that produced an unprecedented 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies. This year's Old Mutual Wealth Series brought four more wins as South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and then Australia once more were beaten.

With 12 wins this year plus victory in Stuart Lancaster's final game in charge - the Rugby World Cup pool match against Uruguay in Manchester - England need another Six Nations clean sweep to match New Zealand's international record of 18 straight wins.  

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