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England to face Tonga at Twickenham in opening game of autumn internationals

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England to play Tonga on November 6, the first meeting between the teams since the 2019 Rugby World Cup; Eddie Jones’ side will also tackle Australia and world champions South Africa on November 13 and 20 respectively

Luke Cowan-Dickie was among England's tryscorers during their win over Tonga at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Luke Cowan-Dickie was among England’s tryscorers during their win over Tonga at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Tonga will complete England’s line-up of opponents for the autumn series at Twickenham.

The Pacific Islanders will launch the schedule on November 6 before Australia and South Africa then face Eddie Jones’ side on successive weekends.

England’s most recent meeting with Tonga was a 35-3 victory in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“This match will continue our rivalry from the World Cup where we had a good, tough game against them,” said Jones.

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“They produce a lot of good players and play physical, exciting rugby. It’s a great way to start our autumn internationals.

“This summer it was great to be back playing in front of supporters at Twickenham. The difference it made to the players was enormous.”

England finished this year’s Six Nations in fifth place but swept aside the United States and Canada earlier this month.

“With the young squad we had in July, the 13 players who joined up with the Lions and the others who have spent the summer regenerating, we know that it will be a strong, competitive group of players this autumn,” said Jones.

The Rugby Football Union is to make a donation to Tonga Rugby as a goodwill gesture.

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