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International rugby heads to Sixways

29 October 2010

  • England Women and England Under 20 men and women in action at Sixways Stadium
  • Warriors host Super Sunday event on February
England Women star Alice Richardson and England Under-20 Christian Wade

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International rugby will arrive at Worcester in February as the Sixways club host a triple-header of games featuring England Women and England Under 20 men and women.

The Super Sunday event on February 27 will see England's 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup finalists and the Under 20 sides taking on their French counterparts at the Sixways Stadium.

England Women look to defend their RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam crown against a France side who pushed our ladies all the way last season, before England stole an 11-10 victory in a high-drama encounter.

RFUW Head of Performace Nicola Ponsford looked ahead to the Super Sunday event, saying: “The recent Women’s Rugby World Cup exposed more people than ever to women’s rugby, and through working with the RFU and Worcester we now have a fantastic opportunity to take the Six Nations on the road and again get the game out there to as many people as possible.

An exciting encounter 

Future senior prospect England Under 20 star George Ford

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“France are always fantastic opposition and it will be a tremendously hard fought game. They took us to the wire last year in the Six Nations, coupled with their success in the world cup, I am sure this is going to be a really exciting encounter in front of a passionate rugby crowd.”

The England U20 men will also take on a France side eager to avenge a Six Nations defeat having gone down 47-33 in the same fixture during last year's competition, and new head coach Rob Hunter is relishing the prospect of another fierce battle.

He said: “The French always provide a tough test, regardless of what level you play them at. They are a great rugby nation and I’m sure that they’ll be full of spirit, adventure and skill.

“But there’s a lot of talent in our squad and the players are always looking to develop their game further. We’ll be looking to utilise that and produce a good performance in front of our own fans.”

First international of the season

England U20 women will round off the day, playing their first international of the season, and Charlie Little, General Manager at Worcester Warriors, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to host the England Under 20 men and women and the senior England Women at Sixways.

“What makes Sixways different to every other venue in the country is that we have a dedicated rugby centre, with a purpose built stadium for top class rugby, excellent training facilities and five full size pitches, which will allow all three England teams to compete here on one special day.

“We have always wanted Worcester to be a rugby city and these games are further evidence of that development in what promises to be a very special day for Warriors.

"We want people across the region and country to join us and show their support for rugby and all three England sides.”

All kick-off times TBC. Full details on pricing will be made available on the official Warriors website when announced.