England finalise World Cup warm-up fixtures

England finalise World Cup warm-up fixtures
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England will face Ireland and France in their lead-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

England will face Ireland and France twice in their lead-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster's side will play Test fixtures at the beginning of August, with matches against France and Ireland, before travelling to Paris to face France in the return clash.

England boss Lancaster said: "These Test matches will be vital in our preparations for the World Cup.

"To have two QBE Internationals at Twickenham Stadium, in front of our passionate fans, will be something to look forward to and we are grateful to the French and Irish unions for helping us arrange these fixtures so soon after the draw."

England resume their Six Nations campaign against Ireland this weekend.

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England's coach Stuart Lancaster during the match against South Africa on November 24, 2012
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