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England Women will play Scotland, France and Italy at home this year in the Six Nations championship, with Esher RFC and Twickenham Stadium hosting the reigning Grand Slam champions.
The seven times winners will open their championship campaign against Scotland at Esher RFC on February 2, kick off 2pm, before their first away game against Ireland at Ashbourne Rugby Club a week later.
Twickenham Stadium awaits England on February 23, when the Grand Slam winners take on fierce rivals France on the big stage, (KO 7:20pm). Rugby fans can watch the match for free with free entry to the stadium after the men’s RBS 6 Nations clash against France. The game will also be broadcast live on the BBC.
England will then return to Esher RFC on March 9 to take on Italy, kick off 1pm, before their final game of the campaign at Aberavon RFC against Wales on March 17 (2:30pm)
Rugby fans will also be able to watch England Women take on Scotland and Italy live on streamed live on RFU.com while tickets for these games are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk from Tuesday, January 15.
England head into this year’s tournament as defending champions but with 17 players involved in England’s Rugby World Cup Sevens training squad Head Coach Gary Street is set to field a very different squad to the side that defeated the world champions, New Zealand, in the autumn.
Lichfield No. 8 Sarah Hunter will captain England with Katy McLean involved with England Sevens, and she said: “Every Six Nations is a special tournament and I am always filled with excitement to play in the championship.
"But certainly this season it is going to be tougher than ever. We will be without several regular starters; players like Margaret Alphonsi, Emily Scarratt and Heather Fisher so that is going to present us with a very different challenge.
“However, I think it is going to be a very exciting challenge. We have shown over the last few years that we do have real depth in this England squad and this season’s Six Nations championship will be a real chance for some of the less experienced or younger players to show what they can do. It could certainly be our toughest Six Nations ever but I am relishing getting our campaign started and captaining this new-look England squad."
Watch England Women take on Scotland live on RFU.com on Saturday 2 Febuary, ko 2pm