England’s summer Tests against the USA and Canada were confirmed by the RFU on Monday, along with the revival of the national ‘A’ team – which will help stop the loss of dual-qualified players.
While the North American sides will visit Twickenham on July 4 and July 10 respectively, with up to 10,000 fans allowed to attend, perhaps more significant is the first fixture for the Saxons since 2016.
Sportsmail understands that John Mitchell, Eddie Jones’s senior England assistant, will take charge of the Saxons for their encounter with Scotland ‘A’ at Welford Road, Leicester, on June 27.
England will play Test matches against the USA and Canada at Twickenham in July
England will host the USA on July 4 and Canada six days later with 10,000 fans expected
In the Six Nations, England were beaten at Twickenham by a Scotland team featuring centre Cameron Redpath, who had been on Jones’ radar and played for England at age-group level, but opted to switch allegiance.
The next cross-border tug of war is likely to involve two Sale front-rowers, prop Bevan Rodd and hooker Ewan Ashman, who are wanted by England and Scotland.
Jones and Mitchell may be able to secure the allegiance of these emerging rookies by picking them against the Scots at Welford Road.
England head coach Eddie Jones, who will be without an 11-strong British and Irish Lions contingent, said: ‘The summer series will give us the chance to look at a lot of players and see how they step up, and it’s an important part of our World Cup preparation.
John Mitchell will take charge of the Saxons for their encounter with Scotland ‘A’ on June 26
‘We are really looking forward to having supporters back in the stadiums. It makes such a difference, and we expect it will be three exciting matches for everyone watching.’
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, meanwhile, will stage Wales’ games against Canada and Argentina from July 3-17, and Ireland have Dublin appointments with Japan and the USA.
Scotland’s July fixtures against Romania and Georgia had already been announced.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will stage Wales games against Canada and Argentina July 3-17