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England and Wales forwards to train together before autumn Tests

England and Wales’ forward packs will train together for the first time before their Autumn Internationals.

The one-off session idea came about following this summer’s highly successful British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.


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England forwards coach Steve Borthwick was among Lions coach Warren Gatland’s assistants for the drawn series and now wants the nations to help each other tune-up their packs.

“There will be a match of 12 large scrums and 15 line-outs,” said England boss Eddie Jones.

“We wanted Wayne Barnes (England) to referee but they asked for Nigel Owens (Wales) and we bowed to their wishes.”


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Gatland’s Wales host Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa on successive Saturdays starting on 11 November.

England face Argentina, Australia and Samoa at Twickenham on the same dates.

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