International rugby will come to Scarborough when Silver Royd hosts a clash between England Students and Irish Exiles on Sunday April 28.
Scarborough RUFC have long hoped for an international fixture, and their wishes will be fulfilled later this month.
Club chief executive Graeme Young said: “It’s a significant endorsement of the Silver Royd facilities that we have been able to attract the first international rugby fixture to Scarborough against stiff competition from other venues.
“We have been very clear that part of our strategy of attracting young people to play sport and especially rugby is enhanced by bringing show-piece fixtures to the town.”
Opened in January 2009, Scarborough RUFC’s £4million base has hosted several prestigious fixtures, including last year’s Roses tie between Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Young expects this one to be another superb day for the club and rugby fans in the area. He added: “Hopefully attending high quality rugby matches of international standard will inspire more young people and adults to take up the game in Scarborough.”
The club’s youth development officer Tom Harrison also hailed the good news.
Harrison said: “It’s great news for the club and for rugby in the town.
“Hopefully with it being a full representative fixture, people who wouldn’t come and watch rugby might come and have a look.”