In­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val heads to club grounds

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KINGSHOLM and Hart­pury Col­lege are to host games at the Un­der-18 Six Na­tions Fes­ti­val in April.

The fes­ti­val sees each na­tion play three fix­tures over 10 days.

The teams will be hosted by Hart­pury Univer­sity and Hart­pury Col­lege with fix­tures at the Gill­man’s Ground, Worces­ter’s Sixways Sta­dium and Kingsholm.

Hart­pury will host the open­ing games on Satur­day, April 13, with Eng­land v Wales at noon, fol­lowed at 2.30pm by Ire­land v France with Scot­land v Italy at 5pm.

The ac­tion moves to Sixways on April 17 as France v Italy is at 11am, then Ire­land v Eng­land at 1.30pm and Wales v Scot­land at 4pm.

Kingsholm’s matches on Sun­day, April 21 open at 11am with Scot­land v Ire­land, then Eng­land v France is at 1.30pm and at 4pm it is Italy v Wales.

Eng­land Un­der-18s path­way per­for­mance coach Jim Mallinder said: “Over the course of the fes­ti­val we want play­ers to en­joy them­selves and have fun, to un­der­stand the way that Eng­land want to play and un­der­stand what they need to do in terms of be­ing an in­ter­na­tional player.

“For the play­ers it’s also the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to play sev­eral in­ter­na­tional fix­tures in a tour­na­ment set­ting.”

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