By Thomas Branston
England Women will play Australia, Canada and New Zealand’ Black Ferns in June as they prepare for the World Cup in Ireland in August.
The Red Roses will play three Tests in an international series in New Zealand between June 2-18, as the world champions steer their attentions towards the World Cup.
“To be the best we have to play the best,” coach Simon Middleton said.
The match against New Zealand (Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua) on 17 June will be followed by the British and Irish Lions taking on the Maori All Blacks.
A 28-player squad will make the trip to New Zealand with their first fixture taking place in Wellington against Australia on June 9 (Porirua Park, Wellington), before a clash with Canada (Rugby Park, Christchurch) on June 13.