Stormers v Bulls a major drawcard for USA Rugby
Cape Town - USA Rugby is confident that the Stormers-Bulls
match in Los Angeles will be a significant boost for rugby in the country.
two Super Rugby rivals will tackle each
other in a pre-season encounter
in Los Angeles on February 3,
match will be played as a curtain-raiser for the clash between the USA Eagles
and an Argentina XV at Stub Hub Centre, which forms part of the Americas Rugby
will be the first time that two Super Rugby sides meet in the United States.Dan Lyle
, director of AEG Rugby - who worked directly with
Super Rugby to bring the event to America - was enthusiastic about how the game will impact the US market.
Rugby not only represents five countries with strong rugby pedigrees who have
cultural ties to the United States; as a league, it represents a dynamic style
of the sport that will appeal to US sports fans," Lyle told USA Rugby’s
official website on Wednesday.
former Eagle himself, playing from 1994-2003, Lyle understands the many
facets of sport consumption and how the event will serve as an important
highlight to one of them.
the broadcast of sport is paramount, experiencing the pace and power of rugby
first hand and in person is second to none," Lyle continued.
Rugby is hoping that the impressive growth in the sport through Southern
California, paired with the success of Super Rugby, will create an atmosphere “that
is sure to entice audiences at Stub Hub centre”.John
, a former USA head coach and the Bulls’ current executive of rugby, is
looking forward to returning to the United States.
trip comes at a vital time for us, as we will be far into our pre-season
preparations for the 2018 season and there's no doubt that members of our squad
will be looking to assert themselves," said Mitchell. "Rugby
lovers attending the double header, can expect to be entertained by these to
Super Rugby giants."
2018 Super Rugby tournament starts on Saturday, February 17 when the South
African Conference kicks-off with the Stormers hosting the Jaguares
in Cape Town. The Lions, runners-up the last two years, host
the Sharks in Johannesburg, while Bulls have