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England reveal dates for South American tour

England head coach Stuart Lancaster

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Article Published: Wednesday 24 April 2013|

England have announced the details of their summer tour to South America which starts in Uruguay on June the 2nd.

Stuart Lancaster's team will meet a CONSUR XV representing the South American nations in Montevideo before playing two Tests against Argentina.

The first Test will be staged in Salta, the setting for the Pumas' 24-22 victory in 2009, on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

It will be the first two-match series between the teams in Argentina since the 1997 tour and Lancaster, whose side finished runners-up in the recent Six Nations tournament, is set to name his squad in early May.

Head Coach 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, 3.30pm local time, 7.30pm BST)
June 8 Argentina v England (Salta, 4.10pm local time, 8.10pm BST)
June 15 Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, 4.10pm local time, 8.10pm BST)

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