Twickenham Stoop to stage England U19 internationals
23 November 2005 11:16am
NEC Harlequins are delighted to announce that the new look Twickenham Stoop stadium will host England Under 19's home games in this season's Six Nations Championship.
Having won the Grand Slam for the first time at Under 19 level last season, England will begin the defence of their Six Nations title against Wales on Friday 3rd February. Three weeks later (Friday 24th February) and England will play their Scottish counterparts at the Stoop, before finishing their campaign against Ireland on St Patrick's Day (Friday 17th March).
"We are delighted that the Twickenham Stoop will be staging the England Under 19 home games in this season's Six Nations Championship," said Mark Evans, NEC Harlequins Chief Executive.
"The introduction of the Lexus Stand earlier this year has enhanced the facilities we have to offer at the Stoop, making it arguably the best purpose built club rugby stadium in the country and a terrific venue for players and supporters alike. It is a great opportunity for travelling fans to take in another game the night before the main event."
"I'm sure we'll have three excellent games of rugby, which will be as competitive and hard fought as those in the full RBS Six Nations Championship, whilst featuring the most exciting young talented players."
"The Under 19's are a young and exciting squad who will learn a huge amount from their Six Nations matches and playing at a stadium like the Stoop will add to that experience," said Nigel Redman, England Under 19 coach.
"We hope that having our home games on the night before the test matches in the Twickenham area will mean that lots of England fans will come along to support the next generation of players."
Ticket details for these fixtures will be announced in due course.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.