Two time European champions Saracens and fellow Premiership side Newcastle were square off in Philadelphia next fall as part of the Premiership's outreach to the United States. Newcastle will technically be the home side on September 16th as the two teams play at Talen Energy Stadium. The match will be shown live on NBCSN. This is the second time the Premiership has taken a regular season match to the U.S. with London Irish hosting Saracens back in the spring of 2016.
Having Saracens be a part of this match makes a lot of sense for many reasons. They are the most globally focused team in the Premiership and they have been known to have a number of Americans on their roster the last few years. Chris Wyles has been a steady presence for the team while Titi Lamositele has taken on an increased role this year. Hayden Smith, Thretton Palamo, and Phil Thiel have all turned out for the team over the years.
“The key to staging this match in such an impressive stadium has been the partnership we are announcing for the game with AEG and NBC Sports,” said Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby's Chief Executive said in a press release. “AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company while NBC Sports is one of the world’s most prestigious sports media companies. This presents us with a powerful combination to help make this match a huge success.”
"We are excited by the continued development and trajectory of rugby at all levels in the US, from the huge surge in playing numbers to an ever-growing appreciative and knowledgeable fan-base,” said Dan Lyle, Director, AEG Rugby. “We believe our long standing relationships with NBC and this new multi-year partnership with Premiership Rugby represent a meaningful next-step in developing the sport in the United States. Bringing World Class teams and players to our shores complements the initiatives and priorities of USA Rugby, including broader exposure within our country of the game being played at the highest levels."