Twickenham could go all ‘West Country’ next April as Bath aim to install hay bale seating and tractor parking for their clash with Bristol Bears.

Bath Rugby will be applying to the RFU to replace regular seating in one section with hay bales at England’s home of rugby for the Gallagher Premiership showdown on April 6.

The Clash 2019, as it’s called, will see the fierce rivals do battle for West Country bragging rights and the inclusion of the hay bale seating and tractor parking is a tongue in cheek play on West Country stereotypes.

More than 61,000 attended last year’s event and that number is expected to be surpassed in April as supporters will be able to experience the best of West Country music, local ales, ciders and food.

Although tickets for the event have gone on sale, hay bale seating can’t be booked as they will be selected at random.

“Installing hay bale seating and larger parking spaces for tractors is a perfectly light-hearted way of bringing the spirit of the South West to life.” Said Bath Rugby’s Marketing Director Vicki Smith.

“To highlight this historic rivalry, which turns 130 years old this week, we’re bringing the best of the West Country to the home of England rugby.

“Who knows, you may be cheering your team on from the comfort of a hay bale!”

Newly promoted Bristol currently have the bragging rights over their rivals after their 17-10 victory on the opening weekend of the season.

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