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Wallabies to play England twice in 2010

21/09/2009 06:26:40 PM Comments (0)

England return to the scene of their 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph as part of next year's two-Test series against the Wallabies in Australia.

Australia are scheduled to clash with England at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on June 19, the week after locking horns with the old enemy in Perth.

It will be the second time Australia have clashed with England in the harbour city since Martin Johnson's men defeated the home side 20-17 after extra time in the thrilling 2003 final.

The Wallabies belted the Poms 34-3 in 2006 at the same venue.

Australia open their 2010 international season against Fiji at Canberra Stadium on June 5 before taking on England and then Six Nations champions Ireland on June 26 in Brisbane.

The Australian Rugby Union confirmed on Monday that one of the two Bledisloe Cup Tests to be played in Australia next year will be held in Melbourne.

"It is an exciting schedule, a challenging program, before the Wallabies head into the Tri-Nations," said Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill in a statement.

"Ireland won the grand slam earlier this year with an unbeaten campaign against England, France, Wales, Scotland and Italy.

"They are currently the premier team in Europe.

"England finished second on the Six Nations ladder and had a comprehensive win over France. So the quality of competition awaiting the Wallabies is not to be underestimated."

The 2010 Tri-Nations draw is set to be released before the end of the month.

2010 Fixtures:

June 5 Wallabies v Fiji Canberra Stadium

June 12 Wallabies v England Subiaco Oval

June 19 Wallabies v England ANZ Stadium

June 26 Wallabies v Ireland Suncorp Stadium

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