England head coach Eddie Jones: Glad to see the fans return.England head coach Eddie Jones: Glad to see the fans return.

The Summer Games for Wales and Ireland have also been confirmed in a revised global schedule announced by World Rugby.

Six-nation champions Wales were scheduled to tour Argentina, with England visiting the US and Canada, but the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a change of plan.

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England will host the US on July 4th and Canada six days later, with a minimum of 10,000 spectators expected for each game, while Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will host games in Wales against Canada, Argentina and Ireland from July 3rd to 17th Dublin is occupied by Japan and the USA.

Scotland’s July games against Romania and Georgia had already been announced.

The Rugby Football Union announced that a match between England A and Scotland A will be played on June 27 at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Leicester.

England head coach Eddie Jones, who will do without an eleven-person British and Irish Lions contingent, said: “The summer series gives us the opportunity to watch a lot of players and see them move up and that is an important part of our World Cup prep .

“For younger players it is a chance to show what they can do on an international level and how they feel in the team environment.

“There aren’t too many opportunities to lead internationally. For experienced players it is therefore an opportunity to take on further leadership roles and develop their game in this area.

“We are really looking forward to having fans again. That makes a big difference and we expect three exciting games for all viewers.”

South Africa, which hasn’t played since beating England in the 2019 World Cup final, will warm up to the Lions Test series with two games against Georgia.

Sir Bill Beaumont, Chairman of World Rugby, said: “This has taken a tremendous effort from everyone involved.

“While there is light at the end of the tunnel in relation to Covid-19 in many countries, the challenges are still present, dynamic and effective.

“I would therefore like to thank the unions, their respective governments, broadcasting and trading partners and stakeholders for their flexibility and their full commitment to the process.

“Fans all over the world can now look forward to an exciting schedule of test matches for men with at least 25 teams that will be a welcome sight for everyone.

“The road to the 2023 Rugby World Cup continues with important qualifiers for Samoa and Tonga. Of course we are expecting a fascinating British and Irish Lions series.”

Other summer highlights are Australia, which is hosting France in a three-test series, and New Zealand, which is maintaining Fiji.