- England Counties set to play three matches during summer tour
- The team last toured Canada in 2010
England Counties will tour Canada this summer playing three matches against teams from the Canadian Rugby Championship.
England Counties is the flagship team of the Community Game in England and offers players from National League One and below the opportunity to represent their country.
The tour will begin on Friday 3 June in Vancouver with a match against BC Bears who they last played on the 2010 Canada tour.
The team will then travel 600 miles to Calgary where they will face Prairie Wolf Pack, winners of the 2015 Canadian Rugby Championship, on Tuesday 7 June.
Their final match will be against Ontario Blues in Toronto on Saturday 11 June who they beat 32-26 when the teams last met in 2010.
“We’re very much looking forward to what promises to be a very competitive tour," said team manager Matt Long, who will confirm the squad for this season’s fixtures next week.
"Our last tour to Canada was a huge success and this June will once again present our players with a fantastic opportunity to represent England while also helping to develop the sport in a country where it is growing rapidly.”
Before they set off on tour the Counties team will play a Scotland Club XV on Friday 26 February in Galashiels with the team eager to repeat their victory in the same fixture last year. They will then play France Federale on Friday 11 March at Blackheath RFC.
Last season the England Counties won all four of their fixtures including both their tour matches in Romania. In previous years the team have travelled to several emerging rugby nations including visits to Georgia, Chile, Belgium and East Africa.