LAFAYETTE, CO. – The USA Women’s Selects (15s) will face England A on Nov. 13 at Newbury RFC at 2:30 PM ET as part of the larger Women’s National Team’s November schedule, USA Rugby confirmed today.
With the opponent announced, the Women’s 15s program has now fully revealed their fall schedule, offering three test match opportunities — along with the developmental game — to give athletes more international playing time.
The game takes place four days after the Women’s Eagles’ senior test match with England (Nov. 9) and less than a week before they take on Ireland (Nov. 18), providing a boost in preparation before the finale of their November Internationals.
General Manager for Women’s High Performance Emilie Bydwell said: “Being able to have England A on our schedule for this November Tour is incredibly important. Our first two tests against New Zealand and England will stress and stretch us immensely.
“Whilst we know this England A game will also be a very high level of competition, it allows us to rotate our squad and make sure that our less experienced players get an opportunity to truly experience a match day and gain valuable international minutes. This game will allow players that may not have logged a high number of minutes in the first two tests to demonstrate their skill sets and character prior to the final test against Ireland.”
The full traveling squad for the Women’s National Team’s November Internationals 2018 was released last week. The Eagles will open in Chicago on Nov. 3 against New Zealand as part of The Rugby Weekend’s triple-header before heading to Europe for the final three games.
U.S. Women’s National Team Schedule
The Rugby Weekend
vs New Zealand
Sat, Nov. 3 | 12 PM CT
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Fri, Nov. 9 | 2:45 PM ET
Allianz Park, London, England
vs England A
Tues, Nov. 13 | 2:30 PM ET
Newbury RFC, Newbury, England
Sun, Nov. 18 | Time TBC
Energia Park, Dublin, Ireland