The fly half kicked his 1,000th point in black, green and gold in the Saints' first game at the Rugby World Cup venue, the 2011 Heineken Cup quarter final win over Ulster, with a subsequent win over Perpignan sending the Saints to the Millennium Stadium
“It's obviously quite a nice stadium to play at,” he said. “It was a bit warmer that day than it is now I remember! But we had two good wins there that year in the quarter and the semi of the Heineken Cup, so I've got fond memories and looking forward to going back there.”
However there was a memorable kick of a different kind the last time that the Saints played in Milton Keynes, Myler's last-gasp penalty rebounding off the cross-bar to deny him what would have been a match-winning kick against Saracens, who will also be the opponents on April 25th.
“It was a crossbar’s width away from another win,” Myler added. “It was a strange ending to the game really, probably the best goal kick I’ve ever kicked in my career which never went over, 57/58 metres.
“It was a tough game that day against Sarries, as we always have against them, but it’s a very good place to play, it’s a nice surface and hopefully we’ll take a big crowd down there and get behind us.”
The four previous times that the Saints have played in Milton Keynes the upper tier has been noticably empty. But now that the stadium has been completed it has a 30,000 capacity, and Myler says that the atmosphere of a full stadiumMK will be something to be relished.
“You could see the potential in it back in those days,” he said. “Hopefully we can fill it, or somewhere near it, and I’m sure the atmosphere then will be exceptional. That’s what we like playing in front of; our fans screaming and us giving them something to scream about is what we’re hoping to do.”
The match on April 25th will also form part of England Rugby 2015’s testing programme, allowing the organisers to test elements of match day delivery at Stadium MK ahead of hosting three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches: France v Canada on Thursday, October 1st; Samoa v Japan on Saturday, October 3rd; and Fiji v Uruguay on Tuesday, October 6th.
Tickets for the Aviva Premiership clash between the Saints and Saracens are now on general sale through Ticketmaster. Head to www.tinyurl.com/SAI-SAR-1415 and follow the straightforward instructions to book online 24/7.
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