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The Rugby Championship Finale 2017 - This Saturday, October 7, marks the sixth and final game in the four-nation Rugby Championship for southern hemisphere teams. New Zealand have already won the title, going 5-0 in the first five rounds. They are away in South Africa, a team they whipped 57-0 in a shutout beating of the Springboks (2-1-2). Argentina (0-5) host Australia (1-2-2) in Buenos Aires.
America Pacific Challenge 2017 - The USA Select XV begin play in this Uruguay-based tournament with a match against Samoa A. Other contests this Saturday will feature Argentina XV against Canada A, and Tonga A versus Uruguay A. Many new faces will start for the USA Selects this Saturday, October 7. The Rugby Channel will broadcast the USA game at 11 a.m. to subscribers. The game is officially a non-Test international.
HSBC World Rugby 7s, Paris 2018 - World Rugby announced a change in dates for the last event of the circuit, switching the Paris 7s to last, with London (traditionally, the finale) moved to the week before. The main reason is the new addition of a Women's 7s tournament in Paris, moving from Clermont-Ferrand, France, where it was played before. The Women's and Men's double bill will provide more interest and expanded media attention. The tournaments will be played in Stade Jean Bouin, located in the southwest section of Paris.
New Sponsor for USA Rugby - Blass Wines from Australia has agreed to sponsor the Eagles in 2018. This represents a deal with Rugby International Marketing (RIM) and USA Rugby.
Recap: Saracens and Newcastle Match in Philly - The attendance at Talen Energy Stadium totaled about 6,000. How does this compare with attendance in England? Last season, the Aviva Premiership matches averaged 15,065 with the London-based Harlequins, who play home games at the Twickenham Stoop, tallying the highest average of 23,200. The Sale Sharks averaged the lowest total of 6,200. The Harlequin-Gloucester match at Twickenham Stadium attracted 77,600 fans.