After a long break from international Rugby Union, England face a busy Winter schedule that sees them play four Test matches on home soil against top quality opposition. These four encounters are spread out between November and December and Stuart Lancaster's men go up against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
It does not get much tougher than this and Lancaster seems keen for his side to face the very best teams in the world before the Six Nations tournament gets underway in the New Year.
With plenty of Aviva Premiership matches between now and the first match against Fiji, the England Head Coach is sure to be keeping his eye out for who is in good form. Players themselves will be keen to impress to land a spot in the squad.
Injuries are always likely to play a big part as well, and it looks as though Lancaster could already be facing a set-back with winger Ben Foden fighting a race against time to be fit for these international Test matches.
Lancaster was appointed on a full-time basis in March 2012 after a three-month spell at the helm of the side as interim coach.
He will be seeing this is as a big chance to get his men playing the kind of rugby that he wants them too before the start of the Six Nations. With a World Cup still three-years away, he will have a long-term plan in place and that is likely to involve winning every match possible as well as triumphing in the Six Nations.
As mentioned, it will be a tough ask for England to come out on top in these Tests though, given the strength of the opposition. The first match against Fiji is sure to be the most winnable and it could suit the team playing them first up, to build some confidence and momentum.
It seems to be an exciting time for English rugby, but at the same time it is difficult to know what to expect. We will be given a much better indication as to how they are shaping up come the end of the year.
If Lancaster can choose from a near fully squad, then we could see some cracking performances from this England side. Expect the young players to be given a chance to shine to give them experience at the highest level and prove that they deserve a place in team for the foreseeable future.