England will get their Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign underway against Fiji on a blockbuster opening night in Auckland in September.
USA will open the tournament on September 18 against an to-be-determined European qualified, before a triple-header at Auckland’s world famous Eden Park, which has hosted two men’s World Cup finals, get the tournament into full swing.
The other two teams in England’s pool, France and South Africa, will meet ahead of the clash with Fiji before hosts and defending champions New Zealand take on rivals Australia.
"We are excited to have such a compelling and exhilarating mix of match contestants in the opening weekend," said Tournament Director Michelle Hooper.
"It will give fans a taste of the excitement from the first kick-off and have them hooked to attend or watch every match of the tournament, in a schedule that promises to deliver an action-packed and intense competition.”
England won the tournament in 1994 and again in 2014 but were beaten in the final by New Zealand four years ago, the Black Ferns having won five of the last six renewals.