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StadiumMK gets some rugby practice before the big event

Stadium MK set for record gate Photo: ITV Anglia

Stadium MK is hosting a Premiership rugby game between Northampton Saints and Saracens to test out how it'll cope with staging games in the Rugby World Cup in October.

Stadium MK is set for a new attendance record as Northampton Saints take on Saracens in Milton Keynes. The crowd will exceed the previous high of just under 27 thousand when MK Dons beat Manchester United 4-0 in the Capital One League Cup last August.

Saints are sporting a new predominantly red and white strip for the game.

A near sell out 30,000 crowd was expected, with the fixture billed as the 'Best of English'. Northampton Saints started a point clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership, with Saracens 3rd, 6 points behind the Saints.

Fans arrive at Stadium MK Credit: ITV Anglia
Saints warming up Credit: ITV Anglia

Northampton Saints players warm up ahead of their Aviva Premiership meeting with Saracens at Stadium MK. The fixture doubles up as a test event for Milton Keynes ahead of the Rugby World Cup this Autumn.

Volunteers at the game Credit: ITV Anglia

Plenty of volunteers have been working around the stadium as part of the Rugby World Cup test event in Milton Keynes. Collectively they'll be known as 'The Pack' when officially launched in May.

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