SCOTLAND ‘A’ will play England ‘A’ at Leicester’s Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on Sunday 27th June, the day after the Lions play Japan at Murrayfield, it has been confirmed.
The match will lead into the full national team’s mini-tour of Europe to play two Test matches against Romania on 10th July and Georgia on 17th July.
With eight Scotland players selected for this summer’s Lions tour to South Africa, Scotland’s three match schedule will provide a valuable opportunity to give exposure to a number of fringe and emerging players.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and his defence guru Steve Tandy are also away with the Lions, so Mike Blair will oversee the national team’s summer schedule.
In line with government guidance, stadiums will be operating at a reduced capacity. It is expected that 6,000 supporters will be allowed into Welford Road, with the potential to increase these numbers if guidelines allow in the coming weeks.
Ticket details for England A v Scotland A will be confirmed shortly.
Kick-off times and broadcast arrangements are to be confirmed.
“For me, the ability to play A team fixtures is a key area of player development and given the depth we are now able to draw on around the Scotland men’s national team, it will provide an important opportunity for those pushing for international selection,” said Scottish Rugby’s Director of High Performance, Jim Mallinder.
“After seeing such a positive number of Scotland players called up for the British & Irish Lions the summer series of matches opens up our options even further for player selection.”