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Aviva Premiership moves US game to September, start of NFL season

Multi-year deal to follow Irish-Sarries in Jersey thus avoiding Test windows while Saracens CEO mentions NFL is having a hard time of it, creating a vacuum-clean for rugby

The Aviva Premiership will stage video games in the US in September, accompanying its American adventure into contact with the mighty NFL.

Executives seem not so leery of such contact as might be expected. Heath Harvey of Saracens, who are at the front of the queue to cross the Atlantic, has said that in terms of considering fleshes and participation American football is having a hard time, creating a vacuum-clean which we would all like to see rugby confederation step into.

The second Premiership fixture on US soil will not clash with international fixtures, the first having been played on 12 March 2016, out of the NFL season but on the same day England beat Wales in the Six Nations. Thousands of miles away from Twickenham, at the Red Bull Arena, just outside New York City, Saracens trounced London Irish 26-16 in front of public officials attendance of 14, 811.

It was meant to be the first of three Irish competitions in the US but the Exiles were relegated and no notice has been seen since. A Premiership official, nonetheless, told the Guardian the project will move to September as part of a multi-year cope and with eastern coast cities including Philadelphia under consideration to host.

After last years game in New Jersey, Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty told reporters that if Irish went down, we wouldnt change both teams as I think it is important to build some stability and continuity in the event it only grants us a bit more of a platform with the US public.

He included: I understand Saracens are very keen to be involved again and they have a number of American partners.

The Saracens head coach, Mark McCall, said he would love to come over here with a full squad unaffected by international call-ups.

Sources in US rugbies pronounce Newcastle have been lined up as Sarries new opposings. The Premiership official supposed squads would be decided in the next few weeks.

The game will take place at the start of the NFL season. English association rugby will thus seek coverage in media markets dominated by the New York Giants and Jets, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, never mind the sprawling nature of college football.

After the game in New Jersey, McCafferty said the Premiership would patently want to avoid NFL, which he supposed was merely too big to go up against.

In November, McCafferty appeared in a Q& A at Rugby Expo, a consultation at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. McCafferty supposed the US was Premiership Rugbys No1 target and discussed 60,000 -plus crowds for two All Blacks Tests in Chicago, the second a historic victory for Ireland.

In the same session, Saracens CEO Harvey was quoted by The Rugby Paper as articulating: If you look at participation athletics in the US its all about lacrosse and rugby. Everything else is fighting from a considering perspective and participation perspective.

NFL is having a hard time of it at the moment, and that creates a vacuum-clean which we would all like to see rugby confederation step into.

Major League Baseball will likewise be in play in September, nearing its playoffs. On the other side of the coin, the east coast condition will be more reliable than in March and the Premiership will have completed its first season of live providing information on NBC.

Harlequins, who last-place month mailed managers to California, have played in Philadelphia. They trounced the US Eagles 24 -1 9 in a warm-up for the 2015 World cup finals played at the Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union soccer team. It impounds 18,500, and was sold out for an Eagles loss to the Maori All Blacks in November 2013.

Premiership Rugby are not alone in seeking to capitalize on US interest in rugby. Pro1 2 plans to place franchises in the US and Canada remain in play, with Houston and Toronto the most likely venues and stake from Boston and New York. This week, USA Rugby was indicated that the Eagles will play Ireland at the Red Bull Arena on 10 June.

Rugby league has already pitched clique in Canada, with the Toronto Wolfpack due to begin play in the third tier of British competitor in March.

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