Saxons to face Wolfhounds in Cork

Date published: January 9 2015

England Saxons will face Ireland Wolfhounds at Irish Independent Park on Friday, January 30, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed.

The match will kick-off in Cork at 19:45 local time, with the last meeting between the pair on Irish soil being in 2013 when the Saxons won 14-10.

Jon Callard will head the Saxons coaching team a week before England’s Six Nations campaign begins against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

“This game against the Wolfhounds gives us a great opportunity to take a look at a group of players who are right on the edge of the senior squad. In a World Cup year there is everything to play for and this game is crucial in the build up towards the RBS 6 Nations and the Rugby World Cup itself,” said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Saxons head coach Callard added: “The match will be a real test for us against a strong and experienced Wolfhounds side. The fixture has historically been extremely well contested by both teams and we are expecting the same in Cork. Ireland have a depth of talent and we’re looking forward to taking them on.”

The Saxons squad will be announced on January 21 alongside the England senior squad and is their only game during the Six Nations window.