Ireland's women's team will play England as part of the November schedule, it was confirmed today. 

They will face USA in Energia Park on Sunday 18 November before travelling to England to face the Red Roses in Twickenham the following Saturday.

England are familiar opposition from the Women's Six Nations but the two sides have met in the November window in recent seasons and both games were tight affairs.

In 2015 they played at the Twickenham Stoop in a first-ever November International for an Ireland team that included nine new caps.

England edged the game 8-3 with a late score.

England travelled to Ireland in 2016 when 10 points from Nora Stapleton - who converted her own try and added a penalty - fell just short of England's 12-point tally.

Ireland last played USA at this level in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup when an 18-point tally from Niamh Briggs helped Ireland to a 23-17 win. 

USA finished fourth at the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 - losing to France in the Bronze final.

Ireland women’s head coach Adam Griggs believes it is top class opposiiton for his side. 

He said: "It’s great to have the two fixtures confirmed for November and it’s something we’re working hard towards. 

"The USA and England are both top class opposition which is always who you want to test yourself against. It’s also going to give us invaluable game time under test match pressure which will be important as we lead into next year's Six Nations preparation."