England has announced the schedule for the next year’s autumn internationals at Twickenham, including the dates they will face Fiji, Australia, South Africa and the newly crowned world champions New Zealand.
The calendar stretchea from November to December 1, opening with England;s match against Fiji on 10th November, followed by meetings with Australia on 17th, South Africa on 24th, and New Zealand on 1st December.
“The calibre of opposition at the 2012 QBE Internationals sets up some huge games against very tough sides” said, Nick Easter, England and Harlequins Number 8. “You’ve got to beat the best if you want to be the best and that is what England aspires to be.
“These tests are a massive challenge especially with New Zealand winning the World Cup. The southern hemisphere has set the benchmark over the years and we know that they hold dominance so it is always good to pit yourself against them. Players and supporters love the northern vs. southern hemisphere rivalry so there is a lot to look forward to.”
2011 world cup winning New Zealand fly half, Stephen Donald, said: “The Rugby World Cup showcased the depth of talent across all rugby nations and the QBE Internationals give yet another chance for teams from around the globe to play at the highest level against quality opposition.
“It is a great opportunity for all rugby fans in my new home, the UK, to see England pitted against some of the best teams in the southern hemisphere. That north vs. south rivalry is unique and always gives the big battles in every area of the park – it is also one that I will now get to see through different eyes playing my domestic rugby with Bath this season.
“Twickenham is a stadium steeped in history and playing England in their own backyard is a huge fixture to look forward to for any team and hopefully all the Kiwis in London will get behind the All Blacks!"