Northampton Saints and the Stormers will clash in an exhibition match at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens in March while their competitions are on a break.
The two teams will face one another for the first time on Saturday, March 9 as the Premiership and United Rugby Championship take a breather due to the Six Nations.
Both the sides feature a host of internationals and it promises to be an entertaining exhibition fixture in Northampton as the season heads towards its business end.
Special for Augustus and Skosan
There will be some familiar faces on both teams, with former Stormers number eight Juarno Augustus set to face his old team-mates, while new recruit Courtnall Skosan is in line to take on his former English club, having scored 19 tries in 37 games for Saints.
Stormers head coach John Dobson said that this game will be one to look forward to for both sets of supporters as he looks to keep his players in shape during March.
“Northampton are a prestigious opponent and Franklin’s Gardens is an iconic rugby venue, so this has the makings of an epic exhibition game,” said the coach.
“Both teams have incredibly passionate supporters and this will be an historic occasion for all involved as we break new ground, so there is a lot to look forward to.”
Northampton Saints chief executive Mark Darbon was equally excited as last season’s United Rugby Championship finalists will provide a stern test to the Saints.
Saints relishing the prospect
“We’re very excited to welcome the DHL Stormers to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens next year,” he said.
“As well as serving up a great afternoon of action for our Season Ticket Holders, this is important for the squad from a performance point of view.
“There is a long gap between Premiership matches during the Six Nations period, and our first-team players will need some game time to properly prepare for the run-in to the campaign.
“I know Phil Dowson and the squad are relishing the prospect of testing themselves against new opposition of very high calibre, and no doubt will be taking the opportunity to field a strong side.”