Monday, February 20, 2017

New York Confirmed For June U.S.-Ireland Test

The long rumored matched between the U.S. and Ireland has been confirmed. The two teams will go head to head on June 10th at Red Bull Arena just outside New York. The match sees Ireland return to the U.S. just over a half a year from their famous win over New Zealand in Chicago. It also sees the Eagles head back to the Northeast for the first time in awhile. The match is the first of the Eagles "Emirates Airlines Summer Series." The U.S. will also play Georgia and their two match World Cup qualifying series against Canada.

The U.S. last played Ireland in June of 2013. That match was held in Houston and also came during a British & Irish Lions tour. That was the closest Tier I match the Eagles have had in awhile losing 15-12. It was also notable for Samu Manoa laying out Devin Toner and Simon Zebo being called up to the B&I Lions right after the match.

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"We are very honored to be hosting Ireland in the Emirates Airlines Summer Series,” said USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne in a press release. “The value they provided to rugby history throughout the world and toward the growth and awareness of the game in our country this past November in Chicago was phenomenal. This match will not only give our men a world class opponent as we prepare for the road ahead, but they're also clearly a fan favorite in the United States. With 35 million Americans claiming Irish American heritage in our country, this match will be a strong fit on all levels."

Philip Browne, IRFU Chief Executive, commented in the same release: “It is great to be returning to the US this summer. The team received a fantastic reception in Chicago last November and USA Rugby provided great support on the ground. There are a lot of Ireland Rugby fans on the east coast of America and we hope that they will again come out in numbers to support the team this summer. We are looking forward to taking on the Eagles in New Jersey in June.”

Tickets for the match will go on sale February 27th for all fans. Those on the U.S.A. Rugby ticket pre-sale list can first buy tickets starting on February 23rd through February 25th.

1 comment:

  1. I've always been skeptical of the cultural draw of rugby to non-rugby playing Irish-Americans. But this seems like a good venue even without big cultural draw. 14,000 was the attendance for Saracens/London Irish at Red Bull in 2016. Hopefully they can get close to sell out of 25k.

    Speculating for the next two matches: Georgia and Canada. Georgia is flying to USA and then to Japan. Even though Georgia is a very good team, they do not have the name recognition to draw in an emerging market. Denver or Salt Lake? For the RWC Qualifier, somewhere hot has been the tradition. Sacramento or Atlanta?