Best of British to do battle at stadium:mk


Milton Keynes will host top Aviva Premiership action as a warm-up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Northampton Saints will return to stadium:mk on Saturday April 25 as they take on Saracens in a game dubbed ‘best of British.’

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

The match will be delivered in partnership by stadiummk, 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: “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 stadium:mk.”