ESPN SCRUM

/ Aviva Premiership 2014-15

/ News

Aviva Premiership
Saints to host Saracens in Milton Keynes
ESPN Staff
July 4, 2014
Northampton's George Pisi goes over for the Saints' second try in last season's Premiership final © Getty Images
Enlarge

Northampton Saints have moved next season's 'home' fixture against Saracens to Milton Keynes in order to help the city prepare for the 2015 World Cup.

Stadiummk, home of Milton Keynes Dons Football Club, will host a repeat of the 2014 Premiership final next season when the Saints take on Saracens on Saturday, April 25 2015.

The match will serve as a warm-up for next year's World Cup, with the 30,500-capacity venue due to host three pool matches at the tournament.

Northampton and Saracens have already met at stadiummk in December 2012, a match Saracens narrowly won 17-16 when Stephen Myler's last-gasp 50-metre penalty hit the crossbar.

Nearly 19,000 supporters headed Milton Keynes that day and, with the venue now expanded to 30,500, a new record attendance for a Northampton home game is expected, beating the current 22,220 mark set when the Saints hosted Munster in the 2011-12 Heineken Cup.

Northampton chief executive Allan Robson said the club were persuaded to move the fixture to Milton Keynes after being asked to do so by World Cup organisers.

"When England Rugby 2015 approached us to help them prepare for the tournament by hosting a game in Milton Keynes we thought long and hard before agreeing to the proposition as we know how important it is to our supporters to play in Northampton," Robson said.

"After weighing up the pros and cons of playing in Milton Keynes, the board of directors made a unanimous decision to move because we believe that it is in the longer-term interests of all parties.

"We needed a game that was both high profile enough to fill the stadium but that would also give us the best possible chance to retain home advantage.

"A game against Saracens fits this bill perfectly. We have had some thrilling encounters with them over the past few years, no more so than in the Aviva Premiership final, and it going to be a game which is sure to excite all rugby supporters in the area.

"We all want the three Rugby World Cup 2015 games in Milton Keynes to be a success and so we will be working closely with stadiummk's management and England Rugby 2015 to help their preparations by making sure that the event runs as smoothly as possible and provides a fantastic showcase for the sport."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

    Martinez rules out January spending

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is not planning any major signings in January because he believes his current squad can cope with the demands of domestic and European football

  • Football

    Scunthorpe through after record-breaking shootout

    Miguel Llera's spot-kick brought an end to non-league Worcester City's FA Cup run in extraordinary fashion as Scunthorpe won their second-round replay 14-13 on penalties

  • Rugby

    Launchbury to miss Six Nations

    England lock Joe Launchbury looks set to miss the Six Nations due to neck surgery

  • Football

    Villas-Boas: Returning to England is not in my plans

    Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Liverpool approached him before he took over as Tottenham head coach in 2012, but says he has no plans to return to the Premier League

  • Rugby

    Matthews foul play case dismissed

    Harlequins lock Charlie Matthews is free to play Newcastle this weekend after the citing complaint against him was dismissed

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!