Hoppers to host Six Nations stars of tomorrow
Preston Grasshoppers will host a taste of Six Nations teams of the future as the England and Scotland '¨Under-18s teams of scrum down at Lightfoot Lane on Sunday.
It will not be the first time Hoppers have played host to a junior international fixture.
In April 1997, a number of England legends graced the turf at Lightfoot Lane.
Among the superstars that turned out that day were Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, Andrew Sheridan and Steve Borthwick, who is currently the forwards coach in Eddie Jones’ England coaching team.
The match is being sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Principal lecturer and chair of UCLan Sport David Grecic said: “We are delighted to sponsor this prestigious Junior Six Nations game at Preston Grasshoppers and see more international sporting events come to Preston.
“UCLan is a civic institution and we welcome opportunities to work with local partners on fantastic community events to support the development of the city and promote sport and physical activity to all.”
Last Sunday England enjoyed a 43-14 victory over France Under-18s at Aylesbury Rugby Football Club.
The game will also be played on the new RFU Rugby 365 floodlit artificial grass pitch, which was officially launched by England head coach Jones earlier this year.
The new pitch was funded by the Rugby Football Union, (RFU) as part of a £50m national initiative.
Steve Grainger, RFU rugby development director, said: “It’s great to see the artificial grass pitch being utilised for an international fixture.
“This really shows the standard of the facilities available here in Preston.
“We hope the community will come out and support England Under-18s on March 12, and feel inspired to try out the new AGP for themselves over the coming months.”
Match entry is pay on the gate and is £8 for adults, £4 concessions (including students) and is free for under 16s. Kick-off is at 2pm.
For further information about Preston Grasshoppers RFC, please visit: http://www.pgrfc.co.uk.