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England to face world No. 1 Ireland ahead of 2023 Rugby World Cup

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England to face world No. 1 Ireland ahead of 2023 Rugby World Cup

England will face world No. 1 side Ireland in Dublin next summer as they prepare for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Wednesday.

England will play Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Aug. 19 after a double-header against Wales — facing them in Cardiff on Aug. 5 and then at Twickenham Stadium a week later.

Eddie Jones’ team will wrap up their preparation with a game against Fiji at Twickenham on Aug. 26 before they travel to France for the World Cup, which begins on Sept. 8.

“It’s a great chance to benchmark ourselves against the current No. 1 team in the world,” Jones said.

“We are looking forward to taking them on in front of a lively Irish crowd and work towards being at our best for when the Rugby World Cup starts.”

England, who are fifth in the world rankings, lost to South Africa in the 2019 World Cup final in Japan. They lifted the trophy in 2003 in Australia.

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