England face France, Ireland in 2015 warmups

Last updated 13:22 05/02/2013

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England will play France home and away and take on Ireland at Twickenham in their three warmup matches for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Football Union said today.

England, who host the September 18-Oct 31 tournament, will play France at Twickenham on August 15. On August 22 they will play the French away before completing their preparations against Ireland at Twickenham, the 2015 World Cup final venue, on September 5.

Before the last three World Cups England played Wales as part of their warm-up campaign but the two countries are opponents in the pool phase of the 2015 tournament.

England, who beat Ireland 20-9 in Dublin in preparation for the 2011 World Cup, face Declan Kidney's side in Dublin in this year's Six Nations championship on Sunday.

England, favourites for the championship after their victory over Scotland on Saturday was followed by Italy's surprise victory over France yesterday, host France on February 23.

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