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First England Barbarians game confirmed

England will play an historic first women's match against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 2 June.

The game will take place on the same day as the England men’s game v the Barbarians, with KO at 12.45pm.

It is only the second time that England women have played before the men at Twickenham, with most double headers happening in reverse order.  England played Ireland in 2004 before the men - a match that was memorable for the controversy it stirred at the time, with neither team being given tickets to the men's game after. Fiona Steed, then Ireland's leading player, recalls the game here. 

The women’s Barbarians launched in October 2017 and made winning debuts against both Munster and the Army in the 2017/18 season. The game will act as preparation ahead of England's summer tour in July.

England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: “Connecting both the men’s and women’s Barbarians fixtures at Twickenham Stadium is a great concept and will truly bring to life the women’s Barbarians.

“It provides us with an excellent opportunity to help us prepare for this year’s summer tour later that month.” 

Barbarian FC Chairman John Spencer added: “The Barbarians successfully launched its women’s team in 2017 to bring together talented individuals and create a team that plays with a unique spirit of adventure and enjoyment. For them to face an international side is a great opportunity for the club to have two teams taking on England at Twickenham and means we can showcase all that is good about the game.”

Tickets are on sale NOW with prices from £20 for adults and £10 for children. Visit www.englandrugby.com/tickets to buy.