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The 2019 Women's Six Nations is upon us as England make their final preparations and look to reclaim the title they narrowly lost to France last year.
With seven wins from eight games in 2018 including a clean sweep in the Quilter Internationals, England will head into the tournament with confidence. Here are all the things you need to know ahead of England's challenge this year.
How to follow
The Red Roses games will all be available on Sky Sports Mix, with coverage of the games available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
As well as following the specific game hashtags on social media, you can keep up to date with conversations with #RedRoses, #WearTheRose and #Womens6Nations throughout the tournament.
Fixtures, results and tickets
Ireland 7-51 England - Dublin
England v France - Castle Park, Doncaster - Sunday 10 February, KO 12.45pm GMT - live Sky Sports
Tickets available here - tickets go offline from 1600 on Thursday 7 February. You can then buy tickets at Castle Park on Friday (0900-1700) or they are available on the day from 1000.
Wales v England - Cardiff - Sunday 24 February, KO 12.30pm GMT – live Sky Sports
Tickets available here
England v Italy - Sandy Park, Exeter - Saturday 9 March, KO 12.05pm GMT - live Sky Sports
Tickets available here
England v Scotland - Twickenham Stadium, London - Saturday 16 March, KO 7.30pm - live Sky Sports
Free entry following the conclusion of the men’s game
On the 3 January this year, the head coach Simon Middleton named a 28-player squad of full-time professionals as the RFU became the first union to have a full-time women's XVs programme.
The squad has been bolstered by the return of Natasha Hunt, Emily Scarratt and Jess Breach for the sevens programme with players such as Amy Cokayne, Justine Lucas, Sarah Bern and Abby Dow also back available for selection.
Unfortunately Lydia Thompson, Vicky Fleetwood and Zoe Aldcroft will miss the duration of the tournament as they are injured.
What they said
England head coach Simon Middleton: "You've then got those players coming back from sevens who are truly world class and will really add to our backline options. Winning those three games during November gave us a real platform heading into this new year and we're really excited by the possibilities we've got all over the pitch."
England captain Sarah Hunter: “Since the autumn we’ve been waiting for the Six Nations to come, we’ve done a lot of training and we’re itching at the bit to get out there. There’s been some tough training sessions and no doubt we’ll have some more before we have that first game against Ireland."