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Rugby returns to stadiummk

4 July 2014

stadiummk will host a battle between two of the country’s biggest rugby teams next year in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, when three matches will be hosted in Milton Keynes.

, the first of which saw Saracens run out 17-16 winners in a thrilling encounter.mkstadiumIt will be the second time last year’s Aviva Premiership finalists have met at

Being dubbed the ‘Best of English’ fixture, Northampton Saints will take on Saracens at MK1 on Saturday 25th April.The match will be delivered in partnership by
, Northampton Saints and England Rugby 2015, tournament organisers for Rugby World Cup 2015, as part of their wider Rugby World Cup 2015 venue testing programme in preparation for the event. MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Northampton Saints and Saracens back to
"The two teams played out an exciting game here in December 2012 in front of a packed lower tier, however, with the upper tier having opened since then, it would be fantastic if we could set a new attendance record this time around.

"The high-profile fixture provides the people of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas with the perfect chance to warm up to Rugby World Cup 2015. It is also a great opportunity for us to work with England Rugby 2015 to ensure that delivery plans can be tested in advance of the tournament, in what promises to be a massive year for the sport and the city."
England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans said: "Testing is an important part of our preparations for the tournament and this fixture will help us fine tune our plans for the three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches that will be hosted at
stadiummk "I would like to thank Northampton Saints and

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for their support and collaboration, and  I have no doubt that their supporters will make this a memorable occasion, playing their part in getting us ready to welcome the world next year."

Ticket details will be announced in due course.


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