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Saxons to play Italy and Ireland

29 October 2010

  • England Saxons to face tough fixtures against Ireland and Italy in the New Year
  • Saxons look to extend winning record over opponents
England Saxons full back Alex Goode receives the ball

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England Saxons will take part in two high-profile games against Italy and Ireland in the New Year.

The Saxons take on Italy A at Worcester's Sixways Stadium on Saturday January 29 (3.15pm) before travelling to face the Irish Wolfhounds at Ravenhill on Friday February 4 (7.30pm).

The Churchill Cup holders will look to add maintain from against their opponents, having beat the Irish Wolfhounds 17-13 at Bath last season and defeated Italy A 31-5 in Treviso.

Saxons Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, who will be working alongside Andy Farrell and Simon Hardy this season, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in two important and demanding games early in the New Year before defending our Churchill Cup title in the summer.

Great rivalry

“The current Saxons squad has an exciting mix of youth and experience, and it is a great opportunity for the players who are just outside the Senior Elite Player squad to put a marker down before the RBS 6 Nations and to take their club form onto the international stage in a Rugby World Cup year.

“The Saxons have built up a great rivalry with Italy over the last five years and I’m sure our meeting at Sixways will be a fantastic occasion for the teams and supporters," he added.

"Worcester have been great hosts for England’s age group teams in recent years and we’re looking forward to the Saxons playing there for the first time.

“We had a really good contest with Ireland at Bath earlier this year and travelling to Belfast to play at Ravenhill will be another massive occasion in front of a passionate crowd.”

Experienced squad

England Saxons and Saracens flanker Andy Saull

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After the victories over Ireland and Italy in February, England Saxons went on to Churchill Cup wins against Russia and USA in Denver and Canada in New Jersey.

The 32-man Saxons Elite Player squad includes 19 capped at senior level as well as players like prop Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), flanker Andy Saull (Saracens), scrum half Joe Simpson (London Wasps) and fly half Alex Goode (Saracens), who have progressed through England’s age group programmes in the last three years.

“Hosting the England Saxons will be one of the biggest games ever staged at Sixways and so we would like to thank the RFU for entrusting Worcester Warriors with such a high profile international fixture,” said Worcester’s General Manager Charlie Little.

“I’m sure the people of Worcester and the surrounding area will get right behind this showpiece game.”

Tickets for England Saxons v Italy A are available from the Warriors box office by calling 01905 454 183.

Further details can be found on the official Warriors website .

Adult ticket prices range between £20 for standing and £30 for Premium Gold Seats while all Aviva premiership and RFU Championship Season Ticket holders are entitled to tickets for £20.

All Junior tickets are priced at £10 for all areas.

Community group deals are available for all rugby clubs and schools. Call the Warriors Box Office for more information.