John Mitchell’s side will welcome Wales to BS3 in Round 2 of the Championship on Saturday, March 30th (KO 16:45 GMT), one of two home fixtures for the defending champions along with a Round 4 clash with Ireland at Twickenham.

On their last visit to the Bristol venue ahead of the 2021 Rugby World Cup, England crossed for 11 tries against their visitors from across the Severn Bridge with Loughborough Lightning’s Helena Rowland securing a hat-trick.

Bristol Bears back Holly Aitchison was also in the backline that night and is relishing an international return to the city she now calls home.

“Ashton Gate is an amazing place to play rugby and we’re all excited to be heading back there with the Red Roses,” she said.

“There is a great appetite for women’s rugby in the South West, something I’ve learned even more so since moving to Bears. The fans are brilliant and always turnout in their numbers for Red Roses matches across the West Country and we have no doubt that we’ll be heavily backed once again against Wales.”