RFU confirm England women’s rugby squad back in training by end of the month

England will be back in training by the end of the month (DPA/PA Images)
23:13pm, Thu 23 Jul 2020
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The Rugby Football Union have confirmed that the entire England women’s rugby squad will be back training by the end of the month.

But they will only be allowed to engage in stage one training - which entails non-contact and at a social distance.

The governing body is currently looking to finish the Women’s Six Nations, in which England only have one match left against Italy, and want to complete some international games in November.

Nicky Ponsford, RFU's head of women's performance, told BBC Sport: "We're working really hard to try and look at the option of completing the tournament.

"And there's a whole range of different things that need to be put in place to allow that to happen - not least that every country is in a position to take part.

"Either way, we are looking at ideally being able to play France, home and away."

Those matches against France will act as warm-up games for the Rugby World Cup next summer in New Zealand.

The last time the Red Roses played was in March in the Six Nations against Wales. They inflicted a 66-7 victory on their rivals.

And while England only have one fixture left of the tournament, Italy and Scotland both have three to play due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

News on England’s top flight of domestic rugby, Premier 15s, is expected next month.

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