England women to host first standalone fixture at Twickenham


England’s women will play their first standalone match at Twickenham when they host France in the Women’s Six Nations in 2023, England Rugby have announced.

England, who have won four consecutive Six Nations titles, have played at Twickenham before but the fixture was combined with a men’s match.

Head coach Simon Middleton said in a statement: “To have a standalone Red Roses fixture at Twickenham Stadium is exciting and a real marker of where the game is at.”

England are targeting a sell-out crowd by 2025 for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, and Middleton said he is happy to have the chance to attract a large attendance.

“We know there are some big targets to sell-out the stadium at the 2025 World Cup and it’s great we have the opportunity to draw a big crowd two years out,” he said.

“Games against France are always great occasions and contests and I expect this one to be no different.”

England’s record attendance for a women’s match of 14,689 was broken earlier in the 2022 Six Nations as 15,836 turned out to watch England thrash Ireland 69-0 at Welford Road.

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