Los Angeles – Universal Sports Network announced today exclusive LIVE TV and digital coverage of all three of USA Rugby’s upcoming summer test matches.
In a primer to next year’s Rugby World Cup, the Eagles will face Tier 1 nation Scotland on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET in Houston, TX, followed by matches with Japan on June 14 at 10 p.m. ET in Carson, CA, and Canada on June 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Sacramento, CA.
Calling the action will be play-by-play announcer Bill Seward alongside analyst Brian Hightower, former USA Sevens captain. Additionally, highlights will be available following each game at UniversalSports.com.
“Universal Sports is a proud supporter of the USA Men’s Eagles and we look forward to following their journey to England over the next 18 months,” said Universal Sports’ SVP of Production Dean Walker.
“The Rugby World Cup is the third most-watched sporting event in the world, and we are excited to bring American rugby fans closer to action as USA Rugby begins its preparations with these upcoming international matches.”
“Universal Sports has long supported USA Rugby and continues to provide the most comprehensive Eagles coverage in the U.S. market,” said Nigel Melville, CEO, USA Rugby. “USA Rugby is proud to extend our partnership with Universal Sports as the premier provider of USA Men’s Eagles coverage for the upcoming June International Summer Series.
“Our team looks forward to working with the Universal Sports team as we prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and beyond.”
Universal Sports Network is home to several world-class rugby competitions including the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France from August 1 to 17, and the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.
Universal Sports Network 2014 Men’s Rugby Broadcast Schedule:
Subject to change – All Times Eastern
Date Time Event Location
June 7 8 p.m. ET LIVE USA vs. Scotland Houston, TX
June 14 10 p.m. ET LIVE USA vs. Japan Carson, CA
June 21 5:30 p.m. ET LIVE USA vs. Canada Sacramento, CA
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