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Friday, May 24, 2013

USA Men's Rugby vs. Ireland June 8th in Houston

Important announcement: 

Irish Aires has been able to obtain a few pairs of tickets in section 218 for the only International Rugby Tournament in the US this year, on June 8th. 

We are offering 2 tickets for the game along with 2 tickets to the Budweiser Party Tent, (entertainment by Blaggards and free adult beverages) for a $75.00 donation to KPFT. 

Let Pete Little know if you are interested at and come join with the Irish Society Tailgaters before the game in Lot C!

See info below:

USA Men's Rugby vs. Ireland June 8th


World Class Rugby Returns to Houston for an International Test Match Between USA & Ireland on Saturday, June 8, 2013

 International Rugby Returns to Houston This Summer!  The U.S.Men's National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host Irelandat BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facility, on Saturday, June 8, 2013, as one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year.  Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

 "We have established a great foundation for rugby in Houston with our previous match between the USA and Italy last year, welcoming a record-setting crowd of 18,000 people," said USA Rugby President and CEO, Nigel Melville. "With the success of that game, we are pleased to return to Houston with another highly-anticipated international match, this time welcoming Ireland and their fans."

This match up offers rugby fans a great opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked 6thin world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked 16th.  The teams have previously faced off in 2009 and again in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand; both matches resulted in victory for Ireland.   The U.S. Men's National Team will be seeking a long-awaited win as they face off again in Houston.

"We are pleased to host our third international rugby match at BBVA Compass Stadium and welcome the U.S. Men's National Team back to Houston," said BBVA Compass Stadium general manager Doug Hall.  "It is our goal to provide rugby fans, as well as the teams, with a unique and memorable experience including a pre-game fan fest for this game.  Houston has proven that it's fast becoming a rugby town and we are thrilled to be a part of that growth and development."

Tickets for the USA Rugby Men's Eagles vs. Ireland test match will go on-sale beginning Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m., and will be available online at or or by calling 888-929-7849.  Tickets are also available at the Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Prices start at $20.  Group tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 28 to groups of 10 or more by calling 713-547-3055. 

About USA Rugby

Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). The organization has approximately 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the U.S. in international competitions.  The current structure of USA Rugby comprises seven Territorial Unions (TU) and 34 Local Area Unions (LAU) that compete for regional and National Championships.  USA Rugby's national headquarters is located in Boulder, Colo., and is run by full-time staff under the direction of current CEO and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville.


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