England Under-20s will take on Wales Under-20s at Kingston Park on Friday 7 March 2014 in this season’s Under-20s Six Nations Championship as international rugby makes a welcome return to the North East (kick-off 7.45pm).
The tantalising clash is a repeat of the IRB Junior World Championship final which England won 23-15 back in June.
Newcastle Falcons starlets Dom Barrow and Scott Wilson played in the fixture with the latter in contention for the rematch next spring.
Barrow, who has taken the Aviva Premiership scene by storm this campaign, is too old to play in the showpiece, but the World Cup winner believes the match will be a great occasion for the region.
“England versus Wales games are always fiery, physical encounters and there is no love lost between the two countries, so it promises to be a great night,” said Barrow, who joined the Falcons from Leeds Carnegie during the summer.
“I’ve got fond memories of my time in the England Under-20s set-up, particularly the feeling of elation 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 it will be a great spectacle for the North East and Cumbria public.”
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 – a repeat of the Junior World Championship final.
“We obviously had a good year last season, winning both the Six Nations and the Junior World Cup, 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.”
Full details of ticket and hospitality packages for this game will be released soon, with Falcons Season Ticket Holders having an exclusive opportunity to purchase their tickets before they are put on general sale. Please click here to register your interest for this game and look out for further announcements at www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk over the coming weeks.