England to host France, New Zealand in September

England skipper Marlie Packer
England skipper Marlie Packer

The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that England will be hosting France and New Zealand in September ahead of the WXV1 tournament.

England will be taking on France on 7th September at Kingsholm Stadium. This will also be the first time the red roses will be taking on France since the two teams locked horns in the Six Nations Grand Slam decider last weekend which was won by John Mitchell's side.

Following the game against France, England will be hosting the Black Ferns at the iconic Twickenham Stadium on 14th September.

"We want to host and play against the best sides in the world ahead of the 2025 Rugby World Cup, so these are two fixtures we are eagerly anticipating," England captain Marlie Packer said in a statement.

"Fans always bring the noise for games at Kingsholm and with many of our squad having connections to Gloucester, it should be another brilliant occasion.

"Our last two games at Twickenham have resulted in the best two crowds ever recorded in women's rugby. We want more.

"Playing the Black Ferns at the home of English Rugby is an unbelievable opportunity that doesn't come around all too often. We can't wait for thousands of our supporters to get behind us on another special day at Twickenham."