Date(s) - 3 Nov 2012
Details: England Women will take on the world’s best this Autumn. They will face fierce rivals France and world champions New Zealand over four international tests this autumn, with Twickenham Stadium hosting the series’ finale on December 1st.
England face old enemies France on November 3rd in the series opener at Esher RFC in a one off test match. The two sides met three times last year with France taking two of the three victories. But England triumphed in the final game, in the Six Nations, taking a crucial 15-3 victory at the Stade Charlety in Paris which helped the side seal a record-breaking championship win.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: “We are really looking forward to this autumn with four tough matches in a relatively short period of time. France are getting stronger all the time, with the incentive of the Rugby World Cup at home in 2014, and this will also be a great opportunity to give some of our younger players a chance to make a statement before the New Zealand tests.”
But not only do England have a busy XVs programme this autumn, the England Sevens team will also compete in international tournaments in Spain, France and Dubai ahead of 2013 as momentum builds towards the Rugby World Cup Sevens next year. Street certainly acknowledges that England will be stretched to balance all of England’s international commitments this autumn.
He added: “Juggling the XVs and the Sevens international programmes over the next few months, especially with the IRB Series in Dubai clashing with our final game against New Zealand at Twickenham, will certainly be a challenge. However, we are really confident that the work we have done over the last couple of years has really strengthened our player pool as our strength in depth will be vital to manage four international tests and three Sevens tournaments over two months.”
Tickets for this game will be available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk on Tuesday, September 18th, at 10am, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s.
Rugby fans will be also able to watch live online coverage of England Women’s autumn international series against France and world champions New Zealand next month on RFUTV.
In an upgraded, full HD, five camera production, England matches against France on November 3 and New Zealand on November 23 and 27 will be available to watch at www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive.
Users will be able to watch the match live and then in full for up to three days after the game.
More information: www.rfu.com