Historic rivalries to be renewed in new international athletics fixture

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The Manchester International on Wednesday 17 August sees England take on Scotland and Wales, with athletes from across the UK in action.

The match at the Manchester Regional Arena will also include a combined British Athletics League and UK Women’s League.

Head of Coaching and Athlete Development Martin Rush said, “Representing your country is always a great honour, but there is something very special about any sporting international between home countries. We are delighted that we will be able to offer athletes this opportunity this summer.

“We know our athletes will take advantage of this occasion to show what they are capable of and that the other teams will be giving us a great competition.

“We would like to thank Manchester City Council for their support in the hosting of this event.”

A full selection policy will be published in due course but performances at the England Athletics AAA & UK CAU Senior Championships on 30 and 31 July will be important in determining selections for the England senior teams.

Rodger Harkins, Director of Coaching with scottishathletics added, “We look forward to taking a Scotland team south in August for the Manchester International match. It is another opportunity for athletes to compete at international level and it comes at a stage of the track and field season when athletics and coaches should be targeting best performances.

“Of course, Scotland selection is linked to performance at the Scottish Seniors at Grangemouth the weekend before. Event winners will be picked for Manchester and hopefully that gives an added incentive for our best athletes to compete in the Scottish Seniors (if available) in order to earn that representative honour.”

The event will be part of a wider festival of athletics and running, with details to be follow.

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First published on: 6 April, 2016 12:00 am