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Six Nations fixtures announced for England Women

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England Women will play Italy, Scotland and France at home this season in the Six Nations Championship with Twickenham Stadium, the Twickenham Stoop and The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington hosting the 2014 Rugby World Cup champions.

England, who finished second in the 2014 Six Nations, will play their first international XVs game since becoming world champions in August away to Wales at Swansea RFC on Sunday February 8, kick off 2:30pm.

Seven days later and the Twickenham Stoop will host England’s first home game of the championship against Italy at 2pm on Sunday February 15. Tickets for the match will go on sale today via Ticketmaster and Harlequins.

Ireland awaits England in the third round of the Six Nations at Ashbourne RFC on Friday February 27th at 7:30pm. England last played Ireland in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals with Gary Street’s side taking an impressive 40-7 win to book their place in the final against Canada. Ireland finished fourth overall at the World Cup.

England’s home run then resumes with the side making their international debut at the 27,000-seater Northern Echo Arena against Scotland on Friday March 13 at 7.35pm. The match will be part of a double header with the Men’s U20s side taking on Scotland earlier at 5:30pm also in their Six Nations championship. Both matches will be televised live on Sky Sports.

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Twickenham Stadium then awaits England on Saturday March 21 for a double header against France alongside England Men. France, who finished third at their home World Cup this summer, are the reigning Six Nations champions after a Grand Slam winning campaign in 2014. Kick off is at 7:20pm and rugby fans can watch the match for free with free entry to the stadium after the men’s RBS 6 Nations clash. The match will also be broadcast live on BBC Sport.

Gary Street’s side last lifted the Six Nations trophy in 2012 with a third place finish in 2013 with Ireland taking the honours and France restricting England to a second place finish this year. With three different winners over the last three years, this season’s Six Nations is set to be a thriller.

Street added: “The success of the World Cup has really stimulated the public’s interest in women’s rugby and that, coupled with three of the four Rugby World Cup semi-finalists playing in the Six Nations, sets this tournament up to be the most exciting yet in my opinion.”

“We are also really pleased to be playing at some great venues again this season. For the past few years we have been playing at Twickenham Stadium and the Stoop regularly but it is great this season to take the Six Nations in England on the road to the Northern Echo Arena which is a fantastic stadium.”

“We’ve had long-running success with the Six Nations but most recently France and Ireland have taken the spoils and that makes us hungry to get back to our past successes. It will be no easy task though. We are at the start of a new World Cup cycle so we must expose some of our younger players to international rugby while the Sevens World Series runs concurrently with this tournament. To be successful we have to get the balance right.”

England Women Six Nations 2015 Fixtures:

Wales Women v England
Sunday 8th February 2015
Swansea RFC
Kick off at 2:30pm

England v Italy
Sunday 15th February 2015
The Twickenham Stoop,
Kick off at 2pm

Tickets available via: Ticketmaster and Harlequins

Adults £10
U16s £5

Ireland v England
Friday 27th February 2015
Ashbourne RFC
Kick off at 7:30pm

England v Scotland
Friday 13th March
Kick off at 7:35pm (after England Men’s U20s v Scotland U20s, Kick off at 5:30pm)
Darlington Mowden Park, the Northern Echo Arena

Tickets Office: 01325 350267
Adult £10
U16s £5
Family Ticket £25
Armed Forces & Emergency Services £7

England v France
Saturday 21st March
Kick off at 7:20pm (after England Men v Scotland, Kick off at 5pm)
Twickenham Stadium

Free entry after England Men v Scotland