CHICAGO – The Rugby Channel, a Rugby International Marketing (RIM) entity, will offer an exclusive live broadcast of the USA Eagles’ match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Friday, Nov. 4, as part of “The Rugby Weekend Presented by AIG.”
The match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The Eagles return to the Chicago area for the third consecutive year following international tests against the New Zealand All Blacks (2014) and Australia Wallabies (2015) at Soldier Field, witnessed by more than 85,000 fans combined. The Rugby Weekend will then continue Saturday, Nov. 5, with a matchup between the New Zealand All Blacks and Ireland at Soldier Field.
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An over-the-top subscription platform available online and via popular mobile devices and streaming platforms such as Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, The Rugby Channel has broadcast every Eagles match live since its launch in April 2016, in addition to other domestic and international rugby events such as the Guinness Pro12, RBS Six Nations, HSBC Women’s Sevens Series and Women’s Rugby Super Series. Subscriptions to The Rugby Channel are available for $4.99 per month or $49.99 for a full year.
“We have had consistent and professional broadcasts made available to our USA Rugby members and new rugby fans alike this year thanks to The Rugby Channel,” USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne said. “It’s been a long time coming for our constituents to be able to find national team matches and international and domestic competitions in one place, and “The Rugby Weekend Presented by AIG” will be an amazing spectacle well suited for this platform.”
Friday night’s Eagles-Maori All Blacks match will also be broadcast on NBC Sports Network Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 p.m. ET, just a few hours after the New Zealand-Ireland match concludes at Soldier Field.
The Rugby Weekend’s presenting sponsor, AIG, is a proud partner of New Zealand Rugby and USA Rugby. In addition, Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma, whose headquarters for the Americas is located just outside of Chicago, has signed on as Official Healthcare Partner for the event for the third year in a row.
Tickets for the Friday night matchup at Toyota Park are still available via Ticketmaster, though there are limited quantities remaining. Official pre-game festivities in and around Chicago will also be announced soon.