Throughout history, rugby has been known as a conciliatory sport. Many may remember how through this sport South Africa united in one triumphant shout when the national team won the world cup in 1991 thanks to the encouragement of both Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar, the team’s captain.
This time, rugby will cross borders to get to one of the biggest sport markets where it is already a fast-growing discipline.
London Irish, a club founded in London by the Irish more than 100 years ago, will soon cross the Atlantic to play against Saracens at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
To Bob Casey, the team’s executive director, this match is a great opportunity in terms of expansion and cultural exchange. It will also boost the arrival of more talented British players in the United States, and the popularity of this sport.
Saracens, current champion of the English Premier League, will offer an incentive to the American public as well: its fullback is Chris Wyles, the captain of the American national team, and its lock is Hayden Smith, another renowned American national player.
For its part, the NFL has increasingly become more popular in Great Britain. At the end of last October, around 84.021 spectators watched the match Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium. Likewise, there was a great number of spectators when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Detroit Lions.
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