England head coach Eddie Jones during the press conference. Photo: Andrew Boyers

CAPE TOWN – Eddie Jones will be making his first return to Newlands since controversially ditching the Stormers when his England team play the Springboks in one of three Tests in June next year.

Jones was in the Stormers coaching job for only eight days before accepting the England position.

The Springboks will host Jones’ men, who have lost only one Test in the last two years, in three Tests at Ellis Park on June 9, at the Free State Stadium on June 16, and at Newlands on June 23.

The last time England took on the Springboks on South African shores (in 2012), the Boks won the first two Tests, while the final clash ended in a draw.

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said he is expecting an out and out battle against a “re-established” England side.

“Under Eddie Jones, the English have re-established themselves as one of the powerhouses of World Rugby,” said Roux.

“Our history against England goes back more than a century and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to South Africa next year in what promises to be a tough tour.

“In 2012, they played in Johannesburg, but it’s been 10 years since they last visited Bloemfontein, while the Test in Cape Town will be England’s first visit to the Mother City since 1998.”

England’s last victory in South Africa was in Bloemfontein in 2000, while they have beaten the Springboks in South Africa in only three out of 13 Tests, with one ending in a draw.

Incoming Series 2018 - South Africa v England:

June 9: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

June 16: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

June 23: Newlands, Cape Town

Weekend Argus

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