FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
NBCSN TO TELEVISE PAIR OF INTERNATIONAL RUGBY MATCHES FROM “THE RUGBY WEEKEND PRESENTED BY AIG” THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks vs. 2015 Six Nations Champion Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
USA Eagles Host Maori All Blacks Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 2, 2016 – NBCSN will present a pair of international rugby matches this Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, when the defending World Cup Champion New Zealand All Blacks face off against 2015 Six Nations Champion Ireland from historic Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Immediately following New Zealand-Ireland, NBCSN will showcase the USA Eagles against the Maori All Blacks from Toyota Park in Chicago at 10 p.m. ET. The two matches are part of “The Rugby Weekend,” a collaboration between USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide.
The clash between the USA Eagles and Maori All Blacks marks the fourth encounter between the two teams, which last met in 2014, when the Maori All Blacks defeated the Eagles 29-19 in Philadelphia. The New Zealand All Blacks and Irish Rugby Football Union also met most recently in 2013, when New Zealand edged Ireland by a score of 24-22 in Dublin.
This marks the third straight year that NBC Sports Group has presented an international rugby match from Chicago. In 2014, NBC televised the USA Eagles’ match from Soldier Field against the All Blacks, and last year, the Eagles took on the Qantas Wallabies on NBCSN.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will call the matches, and will be joined in the booth by analysts and former USA Rugby World Cup members Brian Hightower and Dan Lyle.
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 more than 125,000 active members, with more than 32,000 playing collegiate rugby and 27,000 playing senior club rugby. 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 more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members.
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ABOUT TLA WORLDWIDE
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