SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), in partnership with the Sacramento Republic FC, is pleased to announce USA Men's Rugby will be matching up against the Canadian Rugby team on June 21, 2014 in Sacramento, CA. The match will take place at the new Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field and broadcast nationally on NBC Universal with a 3:00 p.m. start.
"We are excited that a match of this caliber will take place at the new stadium at Cal Expo, especially since rugby has long been part of Sacramento's sports history," said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. "Even better, this highly followed international match-up holds broad spectator appeal and also offers us the opportunity to showcase our beautiful city."
Although rugby is played at many levels in the Sacramento region, this is the first time that the USA Men's Rugby team, the Eagles, will compete on a local pitch. The Eagles are currently ranked 18th in the World and have a fierce rivalry with Canada, currently ranked 15th.
"The northern California region is a rugby hotbed and we're excited to have the Eagles play here in Sacramento," USA Rugby Events Director Jen Gray said. "The area has produced Eagles like Eric Fry, Blaine Scully and Louis Stanfill, with a number of others in the pipeline. The support from the Sacramento rugby community, along with support from our partners at the republic and Sacramento sports commission will ensure us a large turnout to help cheer on the Eagles."
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 15. For more information about the match taking place on June 21, please visit http://usvcanadarugbymatch.com/.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado,USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members.USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
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