Harlequins have confirmed that The Twickenham Stoop will host England v Wales on Saturday 7 March 2020 [KO 12.05pm and live on Sky Sports Mix, Action and Main Event] as part of the Red Roses’ Six Nations campaign.
The Women’s 2020 Six Nations fixtures have been confirmed with holders England returning to Castle Park, Doncaster as well as The Twickenham Stoop.
Following the Red Roses’ fixture at The Stoop on 7 March, Eddie Jones’ senior men’s side host Wales at Twickenham [KO 4.45pm], providing supporters with the opportunity to watch both of England’s senior teams on the same day in TW2.
Harlequins Chief Executive David Ellis said: “We have a rich and colourful history of hosting England Women’s matches at the Home of Harlequins, in tournaments such as the Rugby World Cup and in major international Test matches and we are honoured to showcase the prestige of the Six Nations Championship in 2020. At Harlequins we pride ourselves on our commitment to driving parity in the game and this fixture will further grow the profile of women’s rugby and women’s sport.
“As a club, we are proud to have a number of players in both our men’s and women’s squads who have represented England and Wales and we hope that this fixture will allow us to exhibit more of our international pedigree.
“Encounters between England and Wales are unique, both in terms of the quality and intensity of play on the field and the drama and passion that is provided by the supporters from the stands and The Stoop will provide an awesome backdrop for the occasion.”
England head coach Simon Middleton said: “The Six Nations is an integral part of our season. Last year we played some excellent stuff and were rewarded with a Grand Slam. We will be looking to move those performances up to another level this time around and hopefully that will bring us the outcome we want and another Championship.
“Last year we saw Italy challenge and make a statement to show where their game is at, that was not only great from an Italian point of view, but from a Six Nations perspective too.
“We’re really looking forward to going back to Castle Park. There was a great atmosphere against France in what was a huge game in terms of the Six Nations earlier this year. We were up on the gantry and I remember the roar when the team came out and thinking ‘this is brilliant, this is the type of stage we want to be on’. It’ll be great to go back for a big game against a top international side.
“We’re also pleased to be returning to The Stoop. We’ve had some fantastic occasions there and it’s always a good game against Wales.
“Our attendances in recent times have been phenomenal and it’s really helped take our game forward.
“The energy and drive that both Doncaster and Exeter put into our home fixtures last year was amazing and was reflected in the record breaking crowds that turned out to support the Red Roses.
“That, in turn, created great momentum and was a significant factor in our success. It’d be fantastic to see another record crowd at The Stoop and that momentum continue to build.”
England secured maximum points in their 2019 success, scoring 278 points in their five fixtures. The victory was their ninth Grand Slam.
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England Women Six Nations fixtures:
France v England
Sunday 2 February, KO 12.30pm GMT
Stade du Hameau, Pau
Scotland v England
Sunday 10 February, KO 12.10pm GMT
England v Ireland
Sunday 23 February, KO 12.45pm GMT – live on Sky Sports Mix, Action and Main Event
Castle Park, Doncaster
England v Wales
Saturday 7 March, KO 12.05pm GMT – live on Sky Sports Mix, Action and Main Event
The Twickenham Stoop
Italy v England
Sunday 15 March, KO 1.30pm
Stadio Plebiscito, Padova
Courtesy of Harlequins