International rugby returns to Bedford as Goldington Road announced as Red Roses venue

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Red Roses Eng v Italy 23 Nov 2019

Goldington Road will be the scene of another international clash between England and Italy this year, having been selected to host the Women’s England V Italy clash on Saturday 23 November.

The home of the Bedford Blues will open its gates to the ‘Red Roses’ as they prepare to face the Azzurri in the Autumn International series which will also see the England side face France twice. ​

“We are delighted to welcome England and Italy Women’s teams to Goldington Road for the Quilter Autumn Internationals in November, there will certainly be a huge buzz around the town having hosted the U20s fixture last season,” said Chairman of the Blues, Geoff Irvine.

“Bedford is a rugby town with a huge Italian community so it is the perfect setting for such an encounter and one that we are very proud to be hosting.,” he added.

Meanwhile, England Head Coach Simon Midddleton said Bedford will be a great venue for the match.

“Bedford are a great club. When I was coaching at Leeds, every time we went to Bedford it would be sold out and the atmosphere was amazing,” he said.

“They play a brand of rugby that’s never compromised, ball in hand, great entertainment. The fixture itself, the way we’re trying to play and the way Italy play fits.

“Given the whole Bedford ethos and how they play, it’d be nice for us to try and keep that tradition.​

“It’s a fantastic ground and we know Bedford will embrace hosting an international fixture like Exeter and Doncaster did. Their fans are so passionate and love their rugby.

“It’ll be a great experience for us and another chance to take the Red Roses around the country.”​

Women’s rugby now has 2.7 million players globally, a quarter of the sport’s global playing population.​

And its expansion continues to exceed expectations, with the number of registered players having rising by 28 per cent rise since 2017.

And, for the second year running, more young girls have got into rugby globally than boys and more than 40 percent of rugby’s 400m fanbase are female. ​

Tickets for the match are available now at early bird prices, with a saving of £4 on tickets meaning ground entry costs just £10, and a Eagle Stand seat just £14.

Just head to the Blues’ website for more info.