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LAFAYETTE, CO. - The U.S. Women's National Team (15s) will play England's Red Roses on Nov. 9 at Allianz Park in London, USA Rugby announced today. Part of the Quilter Internationals 2018, the match will kick off at 2:45 PM ET and serve as the Women's Eagles' first road test of their Fall tour.
Following their opening match with New Zealand on Nov. 3 in Chicago -- part of The Rugby Weekend's triple-header at Soldier Field -- the USA will travel to England for their contest with the Red Roses; closing out their tour against Ireland on Nov. 18 at Energia Park in Dublin.
All three fall test matches were carefully planned to fit within USA Rugby's overall build of a challenging and consistent competition schedule for the Women's National Team. Facing two of their Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 opponents in No. 1 New Zealand and No. 2 England; along with a finale set against No. 8 Ireland, coaches and staff can measure player performances against some of the best in the world.
The full November schedule will also include an "A" level match featuring the Women's Selects and an opponent to be announced later.
"After months of planning, we're thrilled to fully reveal our Fall test schedule. As we continue to drive our program planning and preparation forward, building on previous success from 2017, the fixture against the Red Roses helps us further direct the ongoing advancement of our senior women's players," says Emilie Bydwell, USA Rugby's General Manager for Women's High Performance.
"We are embracing the challenge of playing the two best teams in the world back-to-back, and this is an excellent opportunity to put down a measuring stick for our next generation."
The Women's Eagles and England last met in the pool stages of the aforementioned Women's Rugby World Cup. Though the Red Roses won the better side of that affair, a 47-26 result, the U.S. went on to complete the tournament in fourth-place after an impressive performance in the semi-finals.
Broadcast information and additional details for the Women's National Team's test match with England will be confirmed closer to date.
U.S. Women's National Team | 2018 November Tour Schedule
The Rugby Weekend
vs New Zealand
Sat, Nov. 3 | 12 PM CT
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Fri, Nov. 9 | 2:45 PM ET
Allianz Park, London, England
Sun, Nov. 18 | Time TBC
Energia Park, Dublin, Ireland