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NEW YORK RED BULLS

February 22, 2010
RUGBY, ANYONE?
Churchill Cup at Red Bull Arena


Red Bull Arena will host its first non-soccer match -- the Churchill Cup on June 19.
Red Bull Arena will host its first non-soccer match -- the Churchill Cup on June 19.
The Red Bulls announced Monday that Red Bull Arena will be the venue of the Churchill Cup, an international rugby event, on Saturday, June 19.

The Churchill Cup will be the first international non-soccer event to be staged at the 25,000-seat venue in Harrison, N.J.

"We are honored to host the Finals of the Churchill Cup at Red Bull Arena," Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover said in a statement. "It continues our commitment to bringing top international events to the Metropolitan New York area. This event fits well into the schedule of Red Bull Arena as the Red Bulls are on their World Cup break..

The Churchill Cup will showcase the USA Eagles, Canada, England Saxons and tournament newcomers France A, Russia and Uruguay in three rounds of doubleheader pool matches at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colo. on June 5, 9 and 13 before moving to Red Bull Arena on June 19.

"The Churchill Cup is a vital part of our international season and offers top flight international competition, as well as providing increased exposure of the sport to new audiences in the United States," said Nigel Melville, Chief Executive Officer of USA Rugby.

"We are excited to be returning to Infinity Park and to be staging the finals day at a new venue, the Red Bull Arena, a world-class stadium that provides both players and fans with an unparalleled experience."

Added Terry Burwell, Churchill Cup Tournament Director: "We are delighted to take Churchill Cup VIII back to Denver and to add Harrison to the 10 other cities in the Canada and USA who have hosted the tournament since 2003. Infinity Park is a top grade dedicated rugby ground and we are looking forward to the pool stages there before a bumper finals day at a superb new facility in the Red Bull Arena."

In 2009, the first time the Churchill Cup was held entirely in the U.S., the pool matches consistently attracted near sellout crowds to Glendale's Infinity Park and the tournament hopes to build on past success in 2010.

Ticket information for the June 19th event will be released at a later date. For more information on the 2010 Churchill Cup visit www.churchillcuprugby.net.

2010 Churchill Cup pools and schedule

Pool A
Canada
Uruguay
France A

Pool B
USA
Russia
England Saxons

Schedule
Saturday, June 5
Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado
Canada v Uruguay
USA v Russia

Wednesday, June 9
Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado
England Saxons v Russia
France A v Uruguay

Sunday, June 13
Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado
USA v England Saxons
Canada v France A

Saturday, June 19
Red Bull Arena, Harrison
Finals Day tripleheader
 
 
 
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