Eagles at full strength for NZ clash

Date published: October 17 2014

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Premiership Rugby has confirmed the release of selected players for the US Eagles match against New Zealand on 1 November.

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that it has reached agreement with USA Rugby for the release of selected players for the US Eagles match against New Zealand on 1 November.

“This is a significant milestone in the development of the game in the USA,” said USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville.

“It is unfortunate that such an historic game could not be played under the Regulation 9 release window,” added

“We will be playing the world champions, New Zealand in an iconic football stadium, in front of a record 60,000 capacity crowd with a live broadcast via NBC with a reach of over 115m homes in the USA.

“It is a huge opportunity for our players, coaches and fans to participate in this game and we appreciate the support of Premiership Rugby regarding player release for the game.

“The other three matches in November provide opportunities for some of our younger players to play for the Eagles and to stake their claim for a place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”

Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty added: “We have a very good relationship with USA Rugby and we have responded to their request to ensure all their best players are available to play against New Zealand, on what will be an historic occasion.

“As we help grow the sport in the USA, it is essential to support a match of this quality which has clearly captured the interest of the American supporters.”

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