Fixtures - Top Bar

Premiership Rugby comes to Philadelphia in September

Premiership Rugby in the USA

Premiership Rugby can confirm that next season’s Newcastle Falcons’ match against double European champions Saracens on Saturday 16 September will be played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Following the success of the inaugural Premiership Rugby regular season match played in the United States between London Irish and Saracens last March at New York’s Red Bull Arena, the League will again stage a match in the United States, this time at the home of the Philadelphia Union: the Talen Energy Stadium.

The League match will be staged by Premiership Rugby as part of a new four-year agreement with AEG – the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company – and in conjunction with NBC Sports.

Tickets for the match will go on sale on 20 June. Fans can now register for exclusive news and ticket updates at premiershiprugbyusa.com

“Premiership Rugby is the best club league in the world and thanks to the support of our partners at NBC Sports, we are now developing a strong following in the USA. This new agreement with AEG will help take that to another level and today’s announcement is testimony to our collective ambition,” said Premiership Rugby’s Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

“Newcastle Falcons and Saracens have both been part of a record-breaking 2016-17 season for Aviva Premiership Rugby and now they will once again bring all the excitement, skills and intensity of the competition to the USA.

“We’re delighted to be able to take two of our teams to the great city of Philadelphia – a city dominated by elite sport – for a match we know will capture the imagination of the American rugby public.

“The key to staging this match in such an impressive stadium has been the partnership we are announcing for the game with AEG and NBC Sports. AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company while NBC Sports is one of the world’s most prestigious media companies. This presents us with a powerful combination to help make this match a huge success.

“We are very thankful to the City of Philadelphia which has already given its full commitment to the success of the match and we are looking forward to working with them in promoting rugby in the community during the lead up to the big match.”

McCafferty added: “This season has marked a huge expansion of Premiership Rugby globally.

“After a series of new overseas TV rights deals Premiership Rugby – and this match included – is now being broadcast in over 200 countries, reaching more than 170 million households around the world. These new viewers include a large number in the USA where this season Premiership Rugby is being broadcast – for the first time – on the world famous NBC Sports network.

“The Newcastle Falcons and Saracens match will be live on BT Sport in the UK and on NBC Sports in the USA and as part of another new agreement the highlights will be shown on terrestrial television in the UK by Channel 5.”

The match is sanctioned by the United States Rugby Union and USA Rugby’s Chief Executive Dan Payne is looking forward to seeing Premiership Rugby in Philadelphia.

“This match-up is yet another opportunity for our American rugby fans and future fans to witness, first hand, up close and personal, the product created by some of the world’s top professional teams,” said Payne.

“We’re thankful to the Premiership Rugby, Saracens, Newcastle Falcons and our partners, AEG and NBC Sports, for providing this opportunity to the American public.

“I’m looking forward to a tremendous display of our great game that will fuel our growth plan domestically…a plan for growth in participation, overall awareness, national broadcast & commercially. This event ticks each of those very important boxes!”

Having recently appointed former Bath Rugby back rower and captain Dan Lyle as the director of AEG’s new rugby division, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company has made a strong commitment to the promotion of Rugby both in the US and globally.

Lyle is one of the key men behind the multi-year agreement and the match being staged in Philadelphia. He said: “We are excited by the continued development and trajectory of rugby at all levels in the US, from the huge surge in playing numbers to an ever-growing appreciative and knowledgeable fan-base. We believe our long standing relationships with NBC and this new multi-year partnership with Premiership Rugby represents a meaningful next-step in developing the sport in the United States. Bringing World Class teams and players to our shores complements the initiatives and priorities of USA Rugby, including broader exposure within our country of the game being played at the highest levels.”

NBC Sports presents the semi-finals of the 2017 Premiership Rugby campaign this weekend beginning on Saturday at 9am (ET) on NBCSN, when Exeter Chiefs host Saracens.

NBC Sports Gold will present exclusive streaming coverage of the semi-final between Wasps and Leicester Tigers at 9:45am ET. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Gold’s Premiership Rugby coverage.

Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN added: “We’re excited to televise Premiership Rugby here on U.S. soil for a second consecutive year.

“Following our first full season as the U.S. media home of Premiership Rugby, September’s match in Philadelphia featuring Newcastle and Saracens is a testament to the continued growth and interest in rugby here in the States.”

Tickets for Newcastle Falcons v Saracens in Philadelphia go on sale on 20 June and for all details see premiershiprugbyusa.com

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: The best of the reaction to Exeter Chiefs’ triumph

Gareth Steenson’s extra-time penalty sent Exeter Chiefs fans into ecstasy at Twickenham on Saturday, as the West Country outfit claimed…

Match Reaction: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Years of hard-work have paid off for Exeter Chiefs according to head coach Rob Baxter, after the Devon side lifted…

AUDIO: Yeandle, Haskell and Townsend reflect on the Aviva Premiership final

Russell Hargreaves looks back on a dramatic and extended Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, before speaking to victorious Exeter Chiefs…

Match Report: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Seven years after kicking Exeter Chiefs into Aviva Premiership Rugby, skipper Gareth Steenson proved once again that ice runs through…

HITZ learning academy gear up for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Around 30 young people from across the country will be at this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham to…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: Review of the finalists’ most recent head-to-heads

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final sees table-toppers Wasps face off against second-placed Exeter Chiefs, in what promises to be a…

Six things to look out for in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

After nearly nine months of intense competition, the fate of the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy comes down to 80 minutes…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Courtney Lawes revealed that he overcame illness to put in another man-of-the-match performance in Northampton Saints’ European Rugby Champions Cup…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Northampton Saints pulled off a stunning comeback victory to upset Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby for next…

Thomas Waldrom out to finish the job with Exeter Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom is ready to put the seal on a season of hard graft by helping Exeter Chiefs to lift…

Thomas Waldrom

Key moments of the season for our Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists

After two frantically-contested semi-finals, excitement is building for what will surely be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby Final between Wasps…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Final

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table. On a wet and wild…

Olly Woodburn

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps’ side for the Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs, at Twickenham…

Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux

Sean Maitland signs contract extension with Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that Scotland international Sean Maitland has signed a contract extension with the Club. Capped 28…

Sean Maitland

Ashley Johnson ready for daunting Twickenham final challenge

Wasps might have finished the Aviva Premiership Rugby season top of the table but hooker Ashley Johnson believes they will…

Netani Talei retires from rugby

Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.…

Netani Talei

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – safety of supporters

The safety of our supporters is of upmost importance to Premiership Rugby. As a result, we have been working for…

Win a Citizen Watch and a ball signed by this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby champions

Celebrating being the Official Timekeeper of Premiership Rugby, Citizen are offering you the chance to win a Citizen Watch up…