- Red Roses face Canada over three Tests
- Middleton looks to youthful enthusiasm
- Hunter welcomes return of action
Since the first meeting of the Red Roses and Canada 24 years ago there have been some incredibly tight and close games.
The two teams will meet again over three Tests in the Old Mutual Wealth Series this November and here we look back at some of the most memorable games and explain how you can watch the action unfold.
The first time
It was in North America that the Red Roses first met Canada in 1993 when they played in the inaugural Canada Cup, featuring the hosts, United States and Wales.
After beating the USA 17-6 in their first game, England faced Canada in Ontario and in their closest game of the tournament won a tight contest 12-8.
An emphatic 38-0 victory over Wales in the final game gave England the trophy as women’s rugby was still establishing itself on the world stage.
Top of the world
England were in the same pool as Canada at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup and in a tight game captain Sarah Hunter scored the Red Roses’ only try in a 13-13 draw, but both teams progressed to the semi-finals.
Gary Street’s England beat Ireland in the last four while Canada overcame hosts France to reach their first final and the two teams met again in Paris.
Tries from Danielle Waterman and Emily Scarratt, who also slotted 11 points with the boot, saw England win their first Women’s Rugby World Cup in 20 years with a 21-9 victory.
We meet again
In preparation for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, England and Canada took part in the International Women’s Rugby Series in New Zealand along with the Black Ferns and Australia.
The Red Roses beat Australia 53-10 in their opener and met Canada in the second game where two tries from Lydia Thompson as well as scores from Abbie Scott and Kay Wilson secured a 27-20 victory.
England went on to beat the Black Ferns 29-12 in front of their own fans to win the series and also move up to be ranked the number one side in the world heading into the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton has already spoken about wanting to keep the winning mentality that the squad have built in 2017, and he is looking to continue the momentum built up since the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
“The reaction in England and the positivity to the performances with the World Cup in general, it can’t help but make you want to get back on the horse pretty quickly,” said Middleton.
“We really started to accelerate a process a year ago about making England the best team in the world and we did that for a short period of time in the summer going into the World Cup. We want to get there again - it’s where you want to be as an international side.
“We had some great days along the way last year with some of the wins in the Six Nations. To win that and then to do what we did down in New Zealand, they are what you remember forever as coaches and players.”
How to watch
The best way to experience the Red Roses is in the flesh and get down to Allianz Park, Twickenham Stoop and Twickenham Stadium for the three games.
However, if you cannot make it to the grounds then the first game will be streamed on EnglandRugby.com, the third game will be on Sky Sports with the second game’s broadcasting details to be announced.
17 November - England Women v Canada @ Allianz Park (KO 19:30, live stream via EnglandRugby.com)
21 November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stoop (KO 19:45, broadcast details TBC)
25 November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stadium (KO 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix)
No tickets are needed for the final match of the series that will take place at Twickenham Stadium after the England senior men’s game against Samoa, as entry to this match is free.