England U20s heading to Newcastle’s Kingston Park
England Under 20s will take on Wales Under 20s at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park on Friday, March 7 2014 in this season’s Under 20s Six Nations Championship, kick-off 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports HD. The clash is a repeat of the IRB Junior World Championship final which England won 23-15 back in June.
England kick-off their campaign away against France before taking on Scotland in Scotland. They will then have their two home matches against Ireland and Wales before finishing off away in Italy.
England coach Nick Walshe, who is assisted by former Falcon Ian Peel, said: “Newcastle is always a good place to go and play rugby and to be playing Wales there is great.
“We obviously had a good year last season, winning both the Six Nations and the JWC, but the key is to build on that. We have a good core of those guys back with us this time around, as well as some exciting players who have come through. We start off with two tough away games before the two home fixtures, but our focus will very much be on that first game away in France.”
Newcastle Falcons pair Dominic Barrow and Scott Wilson played in last season’s cross-border fixture with the latter in contention for the rematch next spring.
Barrow, who is a regular in the Falcons line-up after his summer switch from Leeds Carnegie, is too old to play in the showpiece, but the Junior World Cup winner believes the match will be a great occasion for the region.
“England versus Wales games are always fiery, physical encounters and it promises to be a great night,” said Barrow.
“I’ve got fond memories of my time in the England Under 20s set-up, particularly the feeling when we became world champions. It meant a lot to me when I pulled on the white jersey, and you’ll see what it means to the guys when both sides go head to head next year.”
Newcastle Falcons have hosted two internationals within the last year, the first of those being Tonga versus a Falcons XV in November 2012, before England Saxons came to town to face Scotland ‘A’ last March.
Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “It’s fantastic that Kingston Park is set to play host to international rugby once more. There are a number of exciting prospects coming through the ranks at international level, including our very own Scott Wilson and Zach Kibirige, and it will be a great spectacle for the North East and Cumbria public.”