England’s Women will take part in a three-Test tour of New Zealand in June as part of their preparations for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The Red Roses kick-off their International Women’s Series campaign against Australia in Wellington on June 9, before taking on Canada in Christchurch on the June 13 and the Black Ferns in Roturua four days later.
The 28-player squad will tour from June 2-18, and head coach Simon Middleton says it is a great opportunity for his squad to test themselves against the best sides in the world.
“We are delighted to be part of the International Women’s Series in New Zealand this summer,” he said.
“Travelling to New Zealand, a fantastic rugby nation, to take on three of the best sides in the world will provide us with the ideal preparation for the World Cup in August.”
The series finale – at Roturua International Stadium – will be a double-header, as the British and Irish Lions take on the Maori All Blacks at the conclusion of the Red Roses’ clash with the Black Ferns.
“England is currently ranked second, Canada third and Australia sixth,” said Black Ferns coach, Glenn Moore. “So we are expecting a tough series. Every team is out to prove themselves.”
England Women fixtures, International Women’s Rugby Series
Friday 9 June – Porirua Park, Wellington
Australia v Red Roses
Tuesday 13 June – Rugby Park, Christchurch
Canada v Red Roses
Saturday 17 June – Rotorua International Stadium
New Zealand v Red Roses
(followed by Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions)