England confirm details of three-match summer tour of South America

Last Updated: 22/04/13 1:55pm

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Stuart Lancaster: Will name tour squad in early May

Stuart Lancaster: Will name tour squad in early May

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England have confirmed the details of their three-match tour to Argentina and Uruguay this summer.

England will first face a CONSUR XV, which will include representatives from rugby-playing South American nations, in Uruguay's capital Montevideo on Sunday, June 2.

Then will then take on Argentina in Test matches in Salta on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

The sides met in one-off Tests in 2002 and 2009 but this is the first two-Test series between the teams in Argentina since England toured there in 1997.

England will name their tour squad - which will not have any players picked for the Lions tour of Australia - of approximately 30 men in early May before they take on the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on May 26.

Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Argentina is a formidable rugby nation and we're looking forward to facing the Pumas in back-to-back Tests, which a young and developing side will need to be at its very best to win.

"Together with matches against the Barbarians at Twickenham and the CONSUR team in Uruguay, the summer programme gives this group a real opportunity to measure their progress and continue to learn what they need to succeed at the highest level."

The sides last met in South America in June 2009, when current England captain Chris Robshaw won his first cap in a 24-22 defeat at the hands of the Pumas.

Tour dates:
May 29: Arrive Buenos Aires
June 2: CONSUR XV v England XV (Montevideo)
June 8: Argentina v England (Salta)
June 15: Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield)

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