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The Stormers and Bulls of Super Rugby will play the marquee match of a doubleheader at StubHub Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2018. The preseason match will be accompanied by the Americas Rugby Championship opener between the USA and Argentina XV. It will be the first Super Rugby match, preseason or otherwise, on American soil.

"Super Rugby is one of the premier club rugby competitions in the world, spanning 15 time zones and five countries." said Super Rugby CEO Andy Marinos, "Even though this is a pre-season match, we are excited that rugby fans in the United States will get the opportunity to enjoy and witness Super Rugby first hand."

The ARC game will go a long way towards deciding the competition’s third rendition, as Argentina XV, the only non-test side in the tournament, and the USA have won the first two ARC titles. They have played each other to a tie on both head-to-head occasions.

"Opening the season against a runner up should deliver some added excitement in Los Angeles," remarked Men's Eagles Head Coach, Gary Gold, "There is a suitable amount of anticipation we have for the men here, starting off the series with a well contested matchup."

StubHub Center in Los Angeles will host the two fixtures as part of USA Rugby's long-term strategy in the region, leading to the Summer Olympics in 2028. Southern California has in fact been the fastest growing High School and Youth region over the last decade for USA Rugby. The event is collaboration between USA Rugby commercial arm, Rugby International Marketing, and AEG Rugby. 

"We're anticipating a strong year in 2018, with the ARC opening here in the US," said USA Rugby CEO, Dan Payne, "Southern California has always been a great rugby community, partnering with AEG Rugby and Super Rugby certainly amplifies that experience for fans." 

"Super Rugby is one of the premier club rugby competitions in the world, spanning 15 time zones and five countries." said Super Rugby CEO Andy Marinos, "Even though this is a pre-season match, we are excited that rugby fans in the United States will get the opportunity to enjoy and witness Super Rugby first hand."