15 test matches involving 11 different nations have been announced for November... and one in October.
The Autumn International programme begins here: Soldier Field, Chicago
The announcement today of England's Autumn International programme brings the number of tests taking place in November to thirteen, played by nine different nations in eight different countries.
South Africa will undertake a tour of Wales, Spain and Italy
Spain will also host Hong Kong.
New Zealand are going on a two-country three-test overseas tour, playing a test in the United States for the first time before travelling to France for two tests
After hosting New Zealand the United States will also travel to Europe to meet England and Ireland
Canada are also visiting Europe with tests against England and Scotland
Scotland will also travel to Italy, and England will play Ireland at Twickenham. In addition Scotland will play Spain in January.
Responding to the announcement of England’s programme Coach Simon Middleton said: “With no summer tour this year, the Quilter Internationals cannot come soon enough. The squad are raring to go and we couldn’t wish for a better start than against the USA. They are an international team on the rise, evidenced by their performance in the semi-final of last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup.
“Like us, Canada and Ireland will be looking forward to continuing their evolution with new squads and coaching staff in place. We look forward to returning to Allianz Park for our opening game and are really excited to host a first women’s international in Yorkshire before returning to Twickenham which is always a great occasion.”
Scotland Coach, Shade Munro, said: “To progress as a team, it’s vital we test ourselves against some of the best sides in the world and play more quality sides, more frequently. Increasing our game time means we can continue to shape this hard-working and exciting group of players as we build towards the Six Nations and, ultimately, qualification for the World Cup.
"Canada have shown time and again they can compete at the highest level and we’re delighted to be welcoming them to Scotstoun this November. Similarly, we know Italy and Spain very well and the stern challenge we are going to get from them, especially away from home.”
Test match and tour games:
Finland v Switzerland
UK Armed Forces v South Africa
United States v New Zealand
Italy v Scotland
England v United States
Spain v Hong Kong
Wales v Hong Kong
France v New Zealand
England v Canada
England A v Canada
England v Ireland
Italy v South Africa
Scotland v Canada
Soldier Field, Chicago
Allianz Park, London
Cardiff Arms Park
Castle Park, Doncaster
Chersoni Stadium, Prato