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England Women to take on France and Canada in November

12 September 2013

  • Women to face France at Twickenham on November in double header with men
  • Gary Street's side then take on Canada at the Twickenham Stoop
England's Abi Chamberlain

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England Women are set to face another competitive Autumn International Series in November, with Test matches against France and Canada.

With just nine months to go until the Women’s Rugby World Cup over The Channel, England will take on fierce Six Nations rivals France on November 9 at Twickenham Stadium in an exciting double header with England’s men, who are taking on Argentina in their QBE International.

The game, which kicks off at 5.05pm, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 and there will be free entry to the stadium following the conclusion of the men's match.

Four days later on Wednesday November 13, England then play Nations Cup champions Canada at The Twickenham Stoop (kick-off 7.00pm). England last played at the Stoop in the final of the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup, watched by a then-record crowd of just over 13,000.

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, while the the last time we played at The Stoop was in the World Cup final. Although 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 13 it will be no different.”

Harlequins Chief Executive David Ellis added: “England Women 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."

England at the Stoop in 2010

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England will head into the Autumn International Series after a gruelling 2012/2013 season. Street’s side beat the world champions New Zealand in a series whitewash just over a year ago, but the Black Ferns recently reversed that result on home soil in July.

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 on the way to finishing third in the tournament. That 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 went on: “We will be heading into this series on the back of some good camp-time together. 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 Women's Autumn International Series

  • November 9, England v France, Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 5.05pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Free entry to Twickenham Stadium following England Men’s QBE International
  • November 13, England v Canada, The Harlequins Stoop, (kick-off 7.00pm). Tickets are available from Friday, September 20 at 9am, via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492) and www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000). They are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s