Exiles to take game to Boston?

Date published: November 2 2011

London Irish have revealed on Tuesday they are eyeing up the possibility of taking one of their games to the American city of Boston.

London Irish revealed on Tuesday that they are looking into the possibility of playing one of their fixtures in Boston.

The Madejski Stadium outfit are keen to break new ground by being the first Aviva Premiership side to set-up a spectacle in the United States.

Saracens have already announced they will face Biarritz in Cape Town early next year while Wasps and Quins have also turned out in Abu Dhabi.

“It would be massive news over there and a great coup for the club to be involved in,” Exiles chief executive Andy Martin told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“You can imagine the scene. Fenway Park in Boston full of Irish people, hopefully with some of the fans from here going across to watch us playing an Italian side in the Heineken Cup.”

Several Saracens fans were left upset when the news broke that they would need to travel to South Africa to watch their charges in the Heineken Cup. But the Exiles are keen to avoid such unrest, with Martin highlighting they'd consider their followers.

“If we did do something, and let me reiterate we are just playing with ideas, we would have to make sure they [the supporters] were on board,” he said.

“There are more supporters for this club around the world than any other club in England.

“If we are going to grow this club and be innovative like we are trying to be – and [if] there is an audience for us of 40,000 or 50,000 in Boston, then it would be worth trying to look at it and do something with.

“Ourselves and Saracens are pushing the boundaries on this sort of stuff and we are sharing ideas. We want to make sure we get it right.”