Date: Saturday, November 2 Venue: Twickenham Kick Off: 14:30 The autumn internationals have become a steadfast tradition in Rugby Union. They offer northern hemisphere national teams a chance to test themselves against their southern hemisphere counterparts. These test matches are fiercely competed and offer an important platform for players to stake claims for upcoming tournaments. This years tests have added importance for England. They are set to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and will want to show that they can compete against the very best. Victories in the upcoming fixtures will provide valuable momentum ahead of the Six Nations in 2014 and the World Cup the year after. This momentum can be vital in achieving success. Clive Woodward, who was head coach when England won the World Cup in 2003, when speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live spoke about how important getting a run of wins is.
If you keep winning you get this huge momentum and things are pretty good in life. If you suddenly lose a couple of games all this stuff about 2015 goes out of the window so the next game is absolutely crucial.The upcoming fixtures will allow Stuart Lancaster to experiment with his squad ahead of tournaments. Younger players, like Joel Tomkins and Lee Dickson, will get a chance to show how important they can be for England. The head coach has already spoken about how he wants to give less experienced players an opportunity to grab a spot in the squad.