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Leicester Tigers to host England A fixture in June

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Mattioli Woods Welford Road will play host to an England A fixture in the summer.

England Rugby announced its summer series of fixtures on Monday, kicking off with an England A fixture at the home of Leicester Tigers.

England A will take on Scotland A at Mattioli Woods Welford Road stadium on Sunday June 27, kick off 2pm.

Eddie Jones’ side will then play two Test matches against USA and Canada at Twickenham Stadium.

They will first host USA on Sunday 4 July, then Canada the following week on Saturday 10 July.

It is hoped that, in line with government guidance, at least 6,000 supporters will be able to attend the England A fixture (10,000 for the Twickenham games) with the potential to increase these numbers if government guidelines allow in the coming weeks.

Speaking about the decision to host the fixture in Leicester, Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick said: “It is very exciting to have international rugby coming to Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

“Leicester Tigers is proud of the incredible supporter base we have at this club and our iconic home in the heart of the city.

“Leicester is a passionate sporting city and this is a great opportunity for Tigers and sports fans to see some of England and Scotland’s next generation play on our home ground."

With the British and Irish Lions tour taking place this summer and 11 English players part of the tour, and the fixture taking place on the same weekend as the Gallagher Premiership Final, head coach Jones will have the opportunity to select a different squad.

He said: “The summer series will give us the chance to look at a lot of players and see how they step up, and it’s an important part of our World Cup preparation.

“For younger players, it’s a chance to show what they can do at international level and how they are in the team environment. There aren’t too many opportunities to lead at international level, so for the more experienced players it’s a chance to take further leaderships roles and grow their game in that area.

“We’re really looking forward to playing at Mattioli Woods Welford Road. It’s a proper rugby stadium, with good facilities and the support at Leicester Tigers is excellent. Hopefully we’ll be able to welcome lots of fans back into the stadium.”