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England reveal tour dates to Australia and New Zealand

New Zealand rugby team perform the haka pri
There will be a traditional New Zealand welcome for the England squad in 2014

England will visit New Zealand in 2014 after Martin Johnson's men confirmed their summer tour plans until 2018.

With World Cup years 2011 and 2015 ruled out, England will travel to South Africa in 2012 and 2018 and Australia in 2016.

Trips to Argentina have been agreed for the Lions years of 2013 and 2017.

All England's end-of-season series will consist of three Tests, falling into line with the International Rugby Board's tour revamp.

In recent years, European nations have been involved in one and two-Test series on their summer visits to the southern hemisphere.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has said the new schedule was a "major step forward" for rugby in the southern hemisphere.

"We have been pushing for a return to proper rugby tours and for three-Test series for some time," Tew stated.

This is an exciting and ground-breaking schedule for all of the participating unions

Rob Andrew

"We are excited by the prospect of a three-test series each year and I think fans will be as well."

England will play four internationals at Twickenham in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, and three Tests in 2013 and 2017.

There will be no tours during World Cup years, in line with all other unions under the International Rugby Board's 10-year schedule.

The Rugby Football Union's director of elite rugby Rob Andrew said there was scope to add midweek matches to all tours.

"This is an exciting and ground-breaking schedule for all of the participating unions.

"There are no midweek games scheduled for England's summer tours as this will be determined by the respective host union and the RFU in partnership with PRL and the RPA.

"But as in this summer's tour to Australia and New Zealand, it's a concept we would be interested in discussing if all the relevant parties supported the idea."

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