- Saxons face Ireland A to kick off their 2010 campaign
- Early opportunity for revenge over their Churchill Cup conquerors
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England Saxons will be going all out to beat Ireland A at Bath Rugby's Recreation Ground as they kick off this season's campaign on Sunday, January 31, 2010 (ko 2.00pm).
Still hurting after losing out 49-22 to Ireland A in the final of the 2009 Churchill Cup in Denver, Stuart Lancaster's men have some scores to settle in what promises to be a highly charged international.
Lancaster said: "It would be fabulous for us to get a great result and put the disappointment of the Churchill Cup behind us; that is a key motivator for us going into the game.
“This is an opportunity for players to put on the Saxons jersey again and represent their country in what promises to be a full blooded international match.”
The Saxons will then play Italy A away the following week, before travelling to Denver for the Churchill Cup in June.
The Saxons is the final stepping stone to full honours and fans will see some of the country's finest emerging talent hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Matt Banahan, Delon Armitage, Steffon Armitage and Ugo Monye who all stepped up to senior honours after pulling on the Saxons shirt.
Lancaster added: "Our player pathway is working well and this match will give the players the opportunity to put their hand up for senior selection just before the Six Nations. It also gives them the chance to show their club form on the international stage."
The England Saxons squad will be selected following the announcement in early January 2010 of the Elite Player Squads.
Last year England Saxons recorded victories against Portugal (66-0) before travelling to Denver for the Churchill Cup, beating Argentina Jaguars (28-20) and USA (56-17) on the way to the final where they lost their crown to Ireland A.
Tickets for England Saxons v Ireland A are on sale now priced from £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, please call 0844 448 1865 or go to the Bath Rugby website.