Jones wants England to 'create history'

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Eddie Jones has challenged England to "create some history" when it tours South Africa next year.

The Six Nations champion will face the Springboks in three Tests in June as both sides step up their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England was beaten 2-0 when it previously travelled to South Africa five years ago, but beat it 37-21 in their most recent meeting at Twickenham last year.

Head coach Jones will expect his players to make another statement when the two nations lock horns in Johannesburg (10 June AEDT), Bloemfontein (17 June AEDT) and Cape Town (24 June AEDT).

"A three-Test series against South Africa is going to be a big challenge but a fantastic opportunity for this team," the Australian said.

"England have only ever won three games in South Africa so we have a chance to create some history by winning the series."

South African Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said: "Under Eddie Jones the English have re-established themselves as one of the powerhouses of World Rugby. They have only lost one Test in the last two seasons,

"Our history against England goes back more than a century and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to South Africa next year in what promises to be a tough tour.

"In 2012, they played in Johannesburg, but it's been 10 years since they last visited Bloemfontein, while the Test in Cape Town will be England's first visit to the Mother City since 1998."