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England Women set to return to Twickenham

10 October 2011

  • England Women to take on the Black Ferns at Twickenham Stadium
  • Reigning RBS 6 Nations champions will also play France in two-Test series
England Women face the Black Ferns' Haka

Photo: Getty Images

It is set to be the busiest autumn ever for England Women who will play two matches against France and three against world champions New Zealand between November 2 and December 3. England Women will also be making a popular return to the home of England Rugby when they take on New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 26 in this exciting Test series.

The international action kicks off for the reigning RBS 6 Nations and Nations Cup champions on November 2 against France in Marseille in what will be an uncapped fixture, followed by a full on international Test match on November 5 in Aix-en-Provence.

The two sides normally only play each other in the RBS 6 Nations and, having enjoyed a 16-3 victory last season, England will be looking to sharpen up their performance before facing three matches against New Zealand.

England will then play the Black Ferns on the hallowed turf of Twickenham Stadium on November 26, a game which wil be screened live on Sky Sports following the Barbarians v Australia fixture. They also play New Zealand at Esher RFC on November 29 and December 3.

England last played the Black Ferns at Twickenham Stadium in 2009, with the game being watched by a then record crowd of over 11,000 people. Since then, they have met just once, in last year’s Rugby World Cup final, where England narrowly lost 13-10.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “This is going to be a huge five weeks for us and there will be great opportunities for younger players, while the skills of the more experienced members of the squad can be built upon. France present tough opposition, especially on their home turf.

“None of us will have forgotten the last time we played New Zealand, when we ran them so close in the final of the World Cup. It’s a massive autumn programme and we hope that all our fans will come out to support us.”

Barbarians' chairman John Spencer added: “Our annual autumn matches against South Africa, New Zealand and, this November, Australia are major attractions in the calendar and that is particularly the case this year with no other pre-Christmas internationals at Twickenham.

"The fact that we are part of a double-header with the England and New Zealand women makes the whole day and occasion a tremendous attraction for everyone involved.”

Tickets for the games at Twickenham on November 26 are available from Ticketmaster.co.uk and group booking are available from the RFU by calling 0871 22 22 017, option 6. Prices range from £65 to £35. Junior tickets cost just £15.

Tickets for the international Tests at Esher RFC on November 29 and December 3 will be available on the gate. They cost £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.

England Women Autumn International Series

Nov 2nd France v England, Jean Bouin Stadium, Marseille, KO 6pm GMT

Nov 5th France v England, Aix-en-Provence, KO 2pm GMT

Nov 26th England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5pm

Nov 29th England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, KO 7pm

Dec 3rd England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, KO 2pm