Red Roses ride Lionesses’ wave with ticket sales spike for next two matches

Red Roses ride Lionesses’ wave with ticket sales spike for next two matches

  • ‘100% increase’ in demand for games against US and Wales
  • Final two games before departing to rugby union World Cup
Jess Breach takes a selfie as her England teammates pose with the Six Nations Trophy.

Rugby union ticket sales have soared for England’s two September women’s internationals after the Lionesses’ triumphant Euro 2022 campaign.

The Red Roses face the United States at Sandy Park, Exeter on 3 September, an echo of the European champions’ fixture at Wembley against the USA in October which has seen its own huge spike in demand for tickets.

That is before they tackle Wales at Ashton Gate in Bristol 11 days later. They are England’s final two games before they embark on their World Cup campaign in New Zealand during October and November.

The Lionesses were crowned European champions after beating Germany 2-1 following extra time at Wembley on Sunday, watched by a crowd of more than 87,000. And the Rugby Football Union says that sales have now more than doubled for the England women’s side across the September fixtures, combined.

“We have seen a spike in sales in the period over the weekend and on the Monday following the Euro final,” an RFU spokesperson said. “And that was compared to the weekend/Monday prior to the final. There has been an average increase of over 100% in ticket sales for both games.”

The Red Roses are rugby union’s world-ranked No 1 and have reeled off four successive Women’s Six Nations title triumphs. They are also on a 23-match unbeaten run.

England kick off their World Cup campaign against Fiji in Auckland on 8 October, followed by pool-stage appointments with France and South Africa.

The Red Roses were crowned world champions eight years ago, and finished runners-up to New Zealand when the tournament was last staged in 2017.