England will play tests against the United States and Canada in front of a crowd at Twickenham Stadium in July, the Rugby Football Union announced on Monday.
Eddie Jones ‘men, who will be missing a handful of players involved in the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa, will face the United States on July 4 and Canada on July 10.
For the first time since England defeated France in the Fall Nations Cup final in December 2020, fans will be able to watch England matches.
Coronavirus restrictions mean the stadium will operate at reduced capacity, but at least 10,000 fans are expected to be able to attend each game.
A total of 11 England players are part of the Lions squad, giving Jones the opportunity to experiment with new talents.
“The summer series will give us the chance to watch a lot of players and see how they’re progressing, and it’s an important part of our preparation for the World Cup,” he said.
“For the young players it’s a chance to show what they can do internationally and how they find themselves in the team environment.
“There aren’t a lot of opportunities to lead internationally so for more experienced players it’s a chance to take on other leadership roles and develop their game in this area. “
England, a defeated Rugby World Cup 2019 finalist, disappointedly defended their 2020 Six Nations title, finishing second in this year’s championships.
Jones, however, received “full support” from the RFU last month after a campaign review.
The United States is 16th in the world ranking while Canada is 23rd.
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