May 20, 2015
Saracens to play Crusaders in New Orleans
Saracens will travel to the USA in pre-season to face the Crusaders as part of the Hemisphere Cup to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Stadium in New Orleans.
RugbyLaw, the founders of the NRFL, is proud to present this historic game to the American sports fan. Whether one already loves elite rugby union, or those new to rugby and passionate about professional sports, will be thrilled to witness this contest.
The inaugural Hemispheres Cup will be played on August 1st at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the two teams meet for the first time in their history.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said: "We are happy to announce that New Orleans will host NRFL's premiere event right here in the Dome on August 1, 2015. This will be an unbelievable experience for New Orleans residents and visitors alike. We are a perfect city for world-class sports entertainment and the Superdome is the ideal venue. New Orleans stands ready to host some of the world's best events. NRFL and New Orleans are going to be a great match.
“The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is thrilled to host the inaugural Hemispheres Cup, which will introduce the sport of rugby to many local sports fans on a grand international level” notes Alan Freeman, SMG’s General Manager at the Superdome. “In our role as venue managers, SMG is constantly searching for events that will add variety to our event calendars, and will serve as a draw for our tourism business partners. To have an event of this stature choose New Orleans as the host city speaks very highly on what we have to offer as a tourist destination.”
Hamish Riach, Crusaders CEO: "The Crusaders are thrilled to be sending a team to New Orleans to play Saracens. This is an exciting opportunity for us, firstly to play in an amazing international venue like the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and secondly to play a team like Saracens who we would never usually get the opportunity to play. Saracens and the Crusaders are two teams from opposite ends of the globe, but with similarly proud histories. It is not often that non-international teams from the southern and northern hemispheres have the chance to pit themselves against each other, and we are honoured to be involved in this inaugural hemispheres clash. I have no doubt that this will be an incredible spectacle and a historic occasion."
Mark McCall, Director of Rugby of Saracens, added: “It’s a privilege to be able to play against one of the best teams in the world in a fantastic city and to be able to give the people of New Orleans a chance to experience professional rugby. The City of New Orleans is famed for its welcome, vibrancy, history and culture and we are looking forward to being part of what will be a very special occasion. The Superdome is recognized all over the world and our players are already excited about playing at the home of the New Orleans Saints and in front of a City that loves its sport.
The Crusaders are one of the most successful sides in world rugby and as we very rarely get the chance to face teams from the Southern Hemisphere. We can’t wait to test ourselves in what will be a very hard-fought contest.”
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