Fixtures - Top Bar

Saracens ready to make history in New Jersey

Saracens will play a big part in creating history on Saturday as Aviva Premiership Rugby prepares for its first-ever game overseas, and backs coach Kevin Sorrell insists his side are relishing playing the part of pioneers.

In the build-up to St Patrick’s Day festivities, London Irish will play host to defending champions Saracens at the 25,000-seater Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

And if either side need more incentive to become the first Aviva Premiership Rugby victors outside of the UK, both head into the fixture off the back of defeats.

Another loss could see Saracens knocked off top spot by Exeter Chiefs come the end of the weekend while for the bottom-place Exiles, every point is a precious one from here on in.

Sorrell is confident though that the American crowd will be treated to a classic Saracens showing on Saturday – and he also believes that the magnitude of the occasion will serve as special inspiration.

“We always try and do things a little bit differently and try and create some memories along the way, so we’re pretty fortunate that it’s us who are playing over there,” he said.

“Again, it’s exciting to be doing something for the first time in a different country and to show what rugby is about and what the Premiership’s about over in America, so hopefully it’ll be a good occasion for both teams.

“We always prepare regardless of the opposition. We always prepare in the same way and be as consistent as possible so our preparation will be just as thorough for this performance as any other really.

“Hopefully we can have a good week’s training and then put the plan out on to the pitch so it’ll be very consistent to what we normally do week to week.”

New Jersey and neighbouring state New York have a large population that can claim Irish roots – so don’t be surprised if much of the support is decked out in green on Saturday.

However, Sorrell welcomes the support in any shape or form and envisions rugby as having a bright and brilliant future across the pond.

“I’m sure all the Irish that are in New York will come out and support London Irish, but we’re just looking to give as good account of ourselves as we possibly can,” added Sorrell.

“With the way the Americans do their sport and with their own professional league just starting up this year, I think in two or three years’ time it could be a really big thing over there.”

For tickets to this historic match go to londonirishusa.com

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Saracens and Gloucester Rugby celebrate Cup finals

Saracens and Gloucester Rugby are both celebrating places in this season’s European Rugby finals after the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides…

Match Reaction: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Gloucester Rugby director of rugby David Humphreys hailed his side’s ‘unbelievable effort’ as they produced a stirring defensive display to…

Match Reaction: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mark McCall hailed Saracens’ amazing defence after they withstood a first-half assault against Munster and emerged victorious to book a…

Match Report: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Billy Burns scored all of Gloucester Rugby’s points and the Cherry & Whites produced an impressive defensive display to down…

Match Report: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles scored vital tries as Saracens booked their place in the European Champions Cup final with…

Saracens ready for titanic Munster challenge

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is expecting little sign of weakness from Munster when the two sides clash in…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals

The semi-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in front of sell-out crowds in Dublin and Lyon…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals

England name squad for World Rugby U20 Championship

England have named their 28-man squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship taking place in Georgia (31 May – 18…

Saracens include Lions picks for Munster showdown

Saracens have named all six of their recently-selected British & Irish Lions for their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash…

Dave Attwood returns for Bath Rugby’s European semi-final

Dave Attwood will make his comeback from injury as Bath Rugby face Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup…

Willi Heinz and Greig Laidlaw return for Gloucester Rugby’s European semi-final

Gloucester Rugby welcome back scrum-halves Willi Heinz and Greig Laidlaw to the matchday squad as they make five changes to…

Archie White re-signs as Josh McNulty joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to announce today (Friday 21st April) that second year Academy Member Archie White has re-signed, while Gloucester…

Archie White

Saracens trio react to England call-ups – Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Three of Saracens brightest talents could make their international debut this summer, with Nathan Earle joining fellow teammates Alex Lozowski…

Saracens trio react to England call-ups - Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Jamie George: In-form Owen Farrell can fire Saracens to Aviva Premiership Rugby final once again

Jamie George has every confidence that Owen Farrell can inspire Saracens to go all the way to another Aviva Premiership…

Eddie Jones announces England squad for Argentina tour

Eddie Jones has announced a 31-man squad for England’s two-Test tour to Argentina in June. Dylan Hartley will captain a…

Dylan Hartley

Social media reacts to Premiership Rugby’s 19 Lions

The rise of social media meant it was a Lions squad announcement unlike any other yesterday as players, clubs and…

Delight for young Cranbrook stars as Land Rover Cup win secures Twickenham trip

Just a stone’s throw from England Rugby HQ, Cranbrook U12s sealed an unforgettable trip to Twickenham next month by triumphing…

Broad Plain youngsters set for Twickenham prize after Land Rover Cup triumph

George Keen and his Broad Plain U11s were left overjoyed thanks to Bristol Rugby as they earned a spot for…

Four Sharks To Tour Argentina With England

Four Sale Sharks players have been named in the England Squad for the two test tour of Argentina in June.…

Four Sharks To Tour Argentina With England