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Saracens vs. Newcastle in Philadelphia - Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, will see the next English Aviva Premiership to be played in the USA. The match is between the Saracens (1-1) and the Newcastle Falcons (2-0). Kick off is at 5:10 p.m. A year ago, Red Bull Stadium in New Jersey welcomed the London Irish and the Saracens to enthusiastic crowds.
The game will be at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, which hosted the New Zealand Maoris versus the Eagles a few years ago, and also is home to the annual Penn Mutual Insurance College Rugby Championship. The game will be televised via NBC Sports Gold subscription.
Oxford University vs. AIG Collegiate All Americans - Tomorrow's game, also at Talen Energy Stadium, is the opener of the Aviva League match, and will kick off at 2:15 p.m. Two Eagles, Dan Power and Madison Hughes, will provide commentary. It is televised on the Rugby Channel.
Oxford won their first match on US soil 31-20 against Mystic River. The squad includes eight Blues (i.e.; players who competed against Cambridge in the Varsity Match).
For over a century, rugby at Oxford and Cambridge represented the highest standard of play with both universities seeding most of the England teams. In the four past decades of club professionalism, these historic two fifteens became less competitive sides, retaining their amateur status.
Rugby Championship - New Zealand host South Africa and Australia welcome Argentina in the fourth round of the southern hemisphere championship. Both matches on Saturday.
Silicon Valley Sevens Club Ticket Deal - An affiliate program, the first of its kind, offers rebates to clubs that sell tickets for the Silicon Valley Sevens, the newest international event (12 teams) scheduled for Avaya Stadium San Jose, California, on November 4 and 5th. Check for details at www.sevensrugby.com
Aspen RuggerFest Turns 50 - This weekend, the Aspen RuggerFest will celebrate its fifty-year anniversary. Congratulations on this achievement.