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Black Ferns to play England at Twickenham

The Black Ferns will play England at Twickenham
The Black Ferns celebrate a World Cup final win over England at Eden Park. How will they go at Twickenham. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPY

The Black Ferns will play England in front of a potential record crowd for a women's rugby international in September at Twickenham in London.


The hallowed ground has the current record of 58,598 set in 2023 and English captain Marlie Packer told BBC she wants fans to beat that figure on the back her side's recent Grand Slam Women's Six Nations victory.


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"Our last two games at Twickenham have resulted in the best two crowds ever recorded in women's rugby. We want more," said Packer.


"Playing the Black Ferns at the home of English Rugby is an unbelievable opportunity that doesn't come around all too often. We can't wait for thousands of our supporters to get behind us on another special day at Twickenham."


The 117-year-old Twickenham Stadium has a capacity of 82,000 with the most recent clash at the ground seeing England win 32-23 in 2012.


The Red Roses won the last meeting between the two 35-12 at Mt Smart Stadium last November, which also clinched the WXV 1 title for them.


The Black Ferns hold a 19 wins to 11 advantage overall since tests began between the two sides in 1997.



Black Ferns director of rugby Allan Bunting was pleased with the challenge presented to his side.


"It is an awesome opportunity for our wāhine to be playing England at a packed-out Twickenham Stadium.


"To see the fans filling the stands during the Women's Six Nations has been outstanding and we are hoping to see the same when we take on England's Red Roses."


England will also play Women's Six Nations runners-up France in a one-off test at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on September 7. The matches will build-up to the second edition of WXV, which will be held in Canada.


The Black Ferns kick-off their season and the annual Pacific Four Series next Saturday against the United States at Hamilton's FMG Stadium Waikato.



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