England’s 2016 tour australia behind the scenes
In June 2016, England played a three-test series against Australia as part of the 2016 mid-year rugby union tests. They played the Wallabies across the three weeks of the June International window, 11 June–25 June, and contested the Cook Cup, which England had previously won eight times to Australia’s twelve. The series was part of the fourth year of the global rugby calendar established by the International Rugby Board, which runs through to 2019.
England won all three matches—the first time it had won a test series in Australia. After defeating the hosts in the second match, England retained the Cook Cup and achieved second place in the World Rugby Rankings, demoting Australia to fourth. Australia had not lost every match in a home series since being “whitewashed” by South Africa in 1971.