Canada, ranked third in World Rugby’s rankings, were regular visitors to England prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two teams contested back-to-back games across a three-match series in 2017 with wing Jess Breach scoring six tries on her debut in a 79-5 win in the opener.
England Women head coach Middleton said: “Any series of games where you get to pit yourselves against the top teams in the world is going to be great. We haven’t played any of these teams since the Super Series in 2019 and I thought the standard of rugby and the closeness of the games in that competition showed just how hugely competitive this series is likely to be. No team won all four games in that Super Series so to now be able to play against three of the top six ranked teams in the world is something to look forward to and a great opportunity.
“We haven’t played New Zealand in back-to-back matches since 2013. These games are always really intriguing, you have to react to what happened in the first, there’s a little bit of countering what one team does, it’s a bit of a chess game so that’ll be brilliant.
“All matches will give each team a marker of where they are and where they need to go in terms of World Cup preparations which is hugely important and exciting for all.
“It goes without saying that this series provides the perfect opportunity for individuals to display their World Cup credentials and stake an early claim for a place in what will be the most competitive squad selection we will have made since the 2017 World Cup.”
Match dates, kick-off times, venues, ticket and broadcast details are still to be confirmed and will be communicated in due course.
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*All fixtures subject to approval from World Rugby.