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January outings for Saxons

England Saxons are to play January fixtures against the Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm and Scotland 'A' at Glasgow's Scotstoun.

The second string will face their Irish counterparts in Gloucester on January 25 and meet the Scots six days later.

"There are lots of high-quality players in the England system," the Rugby Football Union's head of elite player development Joe Lydon said.

"They will be out to put down a marker on the eve of the RBS 6 Nations at the start of a big year for England at every level."