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England A to play Portugal throughout Six Nations after their magical World Cup

The Lobos captured hearts and imaginations at France 2023

England A will play Portugal at Welford Highway in February with followers getting the prospect to look at the Lobos’ 2023 Rugby World Cup heroes in motion.

England males’s second string facet, previously the Saxons till 2021, has been revived to assist in giving extra gamers sport time as they transition from age-grade pathways on the trail to changing into senior internationals. The fixture is topic to World Rugby approval however tickets can be found to be within the stands on the house of Leicester Tigers.

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Portugal received their first ever World Cup sport with an exhilarating 24-23 win over Fiji of their last Pool C fixture, securing their place because the match’s break-out facet. The Flying Fijians solely wanted a dropping bonus level to progress to the quarter-finals the place England beat them 30-24 in Marseille.

The fixture will happen on Sunday, 25 February 2024 – through the third spherical of the Six Nations and on the identical day that France host Italy within the Championship. England journey to Scotland the day prior to this to contest the Calcutta Cup.

Steve Borthwick will choose the 23 to face Portugal however a training group from throughout the Premiership can be chosen in session with Premiership Rugby Restricted (PRL). It will likely be the primary second-string England match for the reason that 2021 sport towards Scotland A, additionally at Mattioli Woods Welford Highway, fell by the wayside.

England A to play Portugal: Response

“It brings us nice pleasure to be renewing our A facet in 2024,” mentioned RFU Government Director of Efficiency Rugby, Conor O’Shea. “Traditionally it has been a platform for a few of the nation’s subsequent finest gamers to showcase their expertise while representing England.

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“Portugal demonstrated their capabilities as a rugby nation on the world stage in latest months with their attacking aptitude and fervour – we are able to’t look ahead to extra of that within the New 12 months. They’re a group possessing many vibrant stars for the long run and are a befitting opponent for our A squad.

“England Rugby needs to be a part of offering sport time and mutual collaboration for rising nations reminiscent of Portugal, who’ve an excellent deal to supply to the sport and I’m certain each they and our A facet will acquire loads from February’s match. This builds on partnerships now we have with different rising nations and want to develop additional hyperlinks with different rising unions.”

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