England's 'A' team will no longer be known as the ‘Saxons’ after the Rugby Football Union decided the name is inappropriate.

The RFU believes the title, which was introduced in 2006, is out of date and fails to reflect the diversity in English rugby.

England A play their Scottish counterparts in Leicester on 27 June in their first outing since touring South Africa five years ago.

"We have chosen to revert to the traditional name of ‘England A’ for this fixture against ‘Scotland A’ as a better representation of our team today," an RFU spokesperson said.

The move comes after outgoing RFU chairman Andy Cosslett stated that Twickenham must "step up its efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across our game".

Last month it was announced that an independent diversity and inclusion advisory group overseen by former England and Lions wing Ugo Monye is being set-up.

The RFU has also distanced itself from the ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ anthem sung in support of the England team at Twickenham in recognition of its origins in slavery.