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USA rugby gets TV time on new sports network

October 01, 2013|By Diane Pucin
  • New Zealand All Blacks players perform the haka, a traditional Maori challenge, before playing against Argentina in La Plata, Argentina, on Saturday.
New Zealand All Blacks players perform the haka, a traditional Maori challenge,… (Natacha Pisarenko / Associated…)

For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted.

USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming men’s Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m.

“USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. “FOX Sports 1 offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes."  

FOX Sports 1 is the newest national 24-hour multi-sport channel, launched Aug. 17 in more than 90 million homes across the U.S., the largest sports network launch in television history. With nearly 5,000 hours of live events, news and original programming annually, FOX Sports includes college football and basketball, MLB, NASCAR, NFL, soccer, boxing and UFC.

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