The Ireland Women will play Test matches against England and Canada in November 2016 in their first ever home autumn international series.
Ireland, who played their first autumn International Test this November away to England, will host the return fixture in Dublin on Sunday, November 13 before taking on Canada on Saturday, November 19.
Ireland will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017 – find out more at www.irishrugby.ie/wrwc17.
IRFU Director of Women’s Rugby, Anthony Eddy, commented: “We’re delighted to be welcoming England and Canada next autumn. These additional fixtures are really important for the development of our squad as we build towards the World Cup in 2017.
“To continue to improve as a team, we need to test ourselves as often as possible against strong opposition, and with England and Canada being the finalists in the 2014 World Cup they will certainly give us the opportunity to do that.”
Ireland Women’s head coach Tom Tierney believes that the addition of autumn internationals to the Women’s calendar is a very positive step forward for the development of the national squad, saying: “It’s fantastic to have these games next November.
“There were nine new caps for the England game last month and that will really stand to the players and the squad as we look towards the Six Nations.
“Adding these fixtures to the calendar for the 2016/17 season will mean we can get a strong build-up to what will be a huge year in 2017.”
IRELAND WOMEN’S NOVEMBER 2016 FIXTURES:
Ireland v England
Sunday, November 13
Ireland v Canada
Saturday, November 19