England will tour Australia this summer for the first time in six years as they look to put their disappointing Six Nations campaign behind them.

Despite a positive start to the 2021/22 season, including three successive Test wins over Tonga, Australia and top-ranked side South Africa, inconsistency in the Six Nations cost them at the start of 2022.

A narrow opening loss to Scotland put them on the back foot and defeats to Ireland and France ended their chances of success.

Eddie Jones is likely to use the triple-header in Australia as a testing ground ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Here is how England’s schedule looks.

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Who are England playing on their 2022/23 summer tour?

England’s trip Down Under includes three games against Australia, with each fixture scheduled for a different city.

These matches offer the chance for a slim piece of history for either team, despite coming outside of a major tournament due to the current head-to-head record.

England have faced the Wallabies more than any other opponent outside Europe, with 51 meetings in total, and the current state of play pits them at 25 wins each, plus one draw.

What are the key dates for England?

England headed to Australia on June 22 ahead of a 10-day training camp, which is followed by three games in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.

Date Time
July 2
Optus Stadium,
July 9
Suncorp Stadium,
July 16
Sydney Cricket
Ground, Sydney

What is England’s tour record in Australia?

England’s first non-tournament tour to the Southern Hemisphere came in 1963 with successive losses to hosts Australia and New Zealand.

Further tours to Australia, in 1975, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1998 and 1999 ended in misery for England and dominance for the home side, with eight straight wins.

The record was broken at the ninth attempt for England in 2003, as the boot of Jonny Wilkinson led them to a 25-14 win in Melbourne.

However, that result did little to change the overall record in Australia, with three further defeats and a draw before just their second ever tour win in the country under Jones in 2016, when they secured an impressive series whitewash.

England also lost their 1987 World Cup opener to Australia in Sydney, but they secured revenge in the 2003 final, with Wilkinson’s iconic drop goal clinching a first world title.

What is England’s current Test ranking?

Despite some positivity since the start of 2021/22, England’s world ranking has fluctuated in the last 12 months and they are now fifth in the World Rugby standings, one place above Australia.

Rugby Union world ranking (as of June 24, 2022)

Rank Team Points
1 South Africa 90.61
2 France 88.88
3 New Zealand 88.75
4 Ireland 88.22
5 England 84.50
6 Australia 83.92
7 Scotland 81.80
8 Argentina 80.58
9 Wales 79.28
10 Japan 78.26

How to watch England’s tour of Australia

UK USA Canada Australia
Sky Sports
Streaming Sky Sports, Flo Rugby Flo Rugby Flo Rugby Flo Rugby, Stan Sport

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports streaming and TV platforms.

USA/Canada/Australia: Streaming is available on Flo Rugby, which is available through the Flo Sports App and Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast & Apple TV.

Viewers in Australia can also subscribe to Stan Sport, which offers a free seven-day trial.

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