England coach Eddie Jones. Photo: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

JOHANNESBURG - The England rugby team will use their match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 27 as preparation for their three-Test tour of South Africa in June next year.

The uncapped fixture will see the two sides compete for the Quilter Cup.

"The Quilter Cup is an important match for us as we prepare for our three Test series against South Africa in June," said England coach Eddie Jones.

"The series will be a big challenge for this team and we know the Barbarians will provide us a fantastic opportunity to play against some high-quality opposition before the tour. The Barbarians brand of rugby is well known for being exciting and open, and we will look forward to playing them in May in front of a big crowd at Twickenham."

In last season’s match, England beat the Barbarians 28-14 which saw head Jones give a number of new faces their first opportunity in an England shirt including Tom Curry, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski and Sam Underhill. All four went on to win full caps for their country during England’s summer Test series in Argentina a few weeks later. 

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