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Darlington to host England Under 18 against Scotland

09 January 2013

  • Darlington to host England Under 18s against Scotland
  • Hugely excited about heading up there – Fletcher

England Under 18 will play Scotland in Doncaster

Photo: Tania Richards

England Under 18 will head to Darlington RFC’s Blackwell Meadows to play Scotland in their opening game of the 2012/13 season on Sunday, March 3.

England are the reigning champions of Europe, having won the FIRA/AER European Championship last season, beating Ireland 25-13 in the final in Madrid.

The last time the two sides met England won 20-8 in Hawick with tries from Callum Braley, Ross Moriarty and Joel Conlon, all of whom have since moved into the England Under 20 set up.

Head Coach John Fletcher said: “We’re hugely excited about heading up to Darlington – they have excellent facilities and we have enjoyed great support from matches in other parts of the country in previous seasons.

England Under 18 will play Scotland in Doncaster

Photo: Tania Richards

"We deliberately try to move the games around the country, allowing rugby supporters an opportunity to watch England's young talented players play an international match.

"We have trained well so far this season and we’re really looking forward to getting out there and playing. It is always a really tough match against the Scots and they had a talented group last year at Under 17 level.”

Darlington Club Secretary Tony Stowe said: “We are absolutely delighted to host this prestigious game and welcome the future stars of English and Scottish rugby to Darlington RFC for our very first International game of rugby.

“We are looking forward to a hosting a big crowd to provide an atmosphere worthy of the occasion and hope that the people of the North East and North Yorkshire come and support the England team.”

Tickets are available on the day of the game or from the club ticket office from February 1 priced at £5 for adults and £3 under 16s.