England Women to take on France and Canada in Autumn International Series
With just 11 months to go until the next Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, England’s Women will face another competitive Autumn International Series in November with Test matches confirmed against France and Canada.
England will take on fierce Six Nations rivals France on November 9th at Twickenham Stadium in an exciting double header with England’s Men who are taking on Argentina in the QBE International. The game, with a kick off of 5.05pm, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 and there will be free entry to the stadium following the conclusion of England’s Men’s match.
Four days later and England will then play Nations Cup champions Canada on Wednesday November 13 at the Harlequins Stoop, kick off 7pm. England last played at the Stoop in the final of the 2010 RWC which was watched by a then record crowd of just over 13,000 people.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: “This is a really exciting series and we are looking forward to returning to both Twickenham and the Stoop – two world class venues for two world class fixtures. Twickenham has been a good hunting ground for us in the past, and we are always well supported, whilst at the Stoop the last time we played there was in the RWC final. Albeit the result didn’t go our way that day, the Stoop was a fantastic venue for that clash and provided a tremendous atmosphere. I am sure when we take on Canada on November 13th it will be no different.”
Harlequins Chief Executive David Ellis added: “The England Women’s team have been very successful in recent times and we’re very excited to be hosting this international match at The Stoop. We’re determined to get behind the team to help them achieve further success in their Autumn campaign. Women’s sport is certainly going from strength to strength and encouraging that growth will be a key pillar of the Harlequins Foundation, which we are launching this season.”
England will head in the Autumn International Series after a gruelling 2012/2013 season. Street’s side nilled the World Champions New Zealand in a Series whitewash just over a year ago but the Black Ferns recently reversed that result on New Zealand soil in July. England also finished third in the 2013 Six Nations.
England last played France in the 2013 Six Nations and a young, developing England side were on the wrong end of a 30-20 defeat. The loss also marked England’s first ever defeat at Twickenham Stadium.
Canada too have enjoyed good wins over England this year, defeating an experimental England side in two games in this summer’s Nations Cup in America. The second victory came in the final which Canada clinched 27-13.
Street added: “We will be heading into this Series with some good camp time with the squad in the bag. That will certainly aid us as we look to reverse the defeats France and Canada inflicted on us last season. There’s no doubt these are going to be tough games; France have invested a lot into their programme of late and Canada are a side constantly improving.”
England Autumn International Series:
Nov 9, England v France, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5.05pm, live on Sky Sports 2.
Free entry to Twickenham Stadium following England Men’s QBE International
- Nov 13, England v Canada, The Harlequins Stoop, KO 7pm.