The Red Roses have announced that they will travel to New Zealand ahead of the Rugby World Cup to play three tests against Australia, Canada, and the Black Ferns. The matches take place over 8 days in June, coinciding with the men’s British and Irish Lions Tour.

The tour will be a stern test for England, as all three opponents are strong. However, a victory against Canada and a 5-point loss to New Zealand in the autumn will give them hope of a possible clean sweep. The Black Ferns will be a particularly tough test, especially as they have home advantage, but it is a fine challenge for an England team looking to retain the World Cup in August.

9 June: v Australia (Porirua Park, Wellington)

13 June: v Canada (Rugby Park, Christchurch)

17 June: v New Zealand (Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua)