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Rugby - 11. October 2011.

England Women set to return to the home of England Rugby

It’s 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. And England’s 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 26th in this exciting test
series.

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

The two sides normally only play each other in the RBS 6 Nations  and,
with a 16-3 victory last season and only one point in it the year before,
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 26th , which will also be screened live on Sky Sports,
following the Barbarians v Australia fixture, whilst also playing New
Zealand at Esher RFC on November 29th and December 3rd.

England last played the Black Ferns at Twickenham Stadium in 2009 and the
game was 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 will mean great opportunities for younger players while
building on the skills of the more experienced members of the squad.
France present tough opposition, especially on their home turf.

“And 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 isa
major attraction in the calendar and that is particularly the case this year
with no other pre-Christmas internationalsat Twickenham. The fact that we
are part of a double-header with the England and New Zealand womenmakes the
whole day and occasion a tremendous attraction for everyone involved.”

Tickets for the games at Twickenham on November 26th 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 29th and
December 3rd will be available on the gate and 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, 2pm
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