Ireland Women head coach Adam Griggs is confident the November internationals can set up his side for the 2019 Women’s Six Nations.
Ireland will play the USA and England in November, the former at Donnybrook and the latter at Twickenham in a challenging November schedule.
It will be the first clash with the Americans since the 2014 World Cup, while Ireland played England in the final game of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, losing 33-11 in Coventry.
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Ireland, who finished third in the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, will also host the English in the first game of the 2019 Championship, so the encounter will serve as the perfect preparation.
And after the Inter-pros, which got underway last weekend, Griggs is keeping a close eye on those players who will feature in the two upcoming Tests.
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 much needed game-time under Test match pressure which will be invaluable as we lead into next year’s Six Nations preparation.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all the players, who have put in a lot of hard work with their provinces over the pre-season, put their hand up for selection over the coming weeks.”
Ireland Tests in November
Ireland Women v USA Women Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin Sunday, November 18, kick-off tbc England Women v Ireland Women Twickenham Stadium, London Saturday, November 24, kick-off 5.40pm