England Women have Twickenham date with Ireland as part of Six Nations
Last Updated: 24/10/13 10:01am
England Women will play at Twickenham
England Women will face Ireland and Wales in their two home fixtures after the schedule for the Six Nations was confirmed.
Gary Street's side open with away fixtures against France in Grenoble and Scotland at Aberdeen Grammar before ending their campaign with two high-profile home matches.
They will take on Ireland at Twickenham on February 22, the game starting after the corresponding men's Six Nations fixture, and then close against Wales at the Twickenham Stoop on March 7.
England will be looking for a big improvement on last season's third-placed Six Nations finish and they start their preparations for the tournament next month with Autumn International Series clashes against France and Canada.
Street said: "The Six Nations championship is always incredibly exciting and I certainly don't think this season's tournament is going to be any different, especially in a World Cup year.
"Results didn't go our way last season, and we were disappointed to finish third but our young squad learned a lot and we are certainly looking to come back out fighting in February and do all we can to regain our Six Nations crown.
"That certainly isn't going to be easy, especially with our first game away in France, but we are up for the challenge.
"We are also really excited about playing our two home games at Twickenham Stadium, against the reigning Six Nations champions Ireland, and at the Twickenham Stoop against our fierce rivals Wales. They are going to be two fantastic matches. "