March 22, 2017
Eagles Return to Kennesaw State for Georgia Test
The “Emirates Airlines Summer Series” will have the 17th ranked Men’s Eagles hosting 12th ranked Georgia at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University on June 17.
This will be the second test match of the Summer Series as the Eagles play Ireland on June 10 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Pre-sale of tickets will last until 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. ET.
Fifth Third Bank Stadium, located on the campus of Kennesaw State University, can seat more than 9,000 spectators for an international rugby match. The venue has won Sports Turf Managers Association’s “Field of the Year” award for two years running for its natural 419 Bermuda grass.
The Eagles will face Georgia in an international rugby match for the first time since the fall of 2013, and for the fifth time overall in Georgia’s 201st test match. Georgia has an overall record of 122-7-71 and an automatic qualification spot for Rugby World Cup 2019 and will play Canada on June 10.
Coming into the Summer test series, Head Coach John Mitchell’s Eagles have a five-match unbeaten streak, having won the Americas Rugby Championship with four wins and a draw, and will look for a fourth all-time victory over their European opposition in Kennesaw. The June 17 Emirates Airline Summer Series clash will be the final preparatory match for the U.S. ahead of a Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier series with Canada slated for June 24 and July 1.
John Mitchell indicated that “We are looking forward to the new challenges of our Summer Series schedule, playing the likes of Ireland – who’ve beaten both the All Blacks and England – and Georgia, who have deservedly earned 12th place in the world, reaping the benefits of a centralized system. Their strengths rely heavily around their scrum, and we have also grown significantly in that area of the game.”
“We feel these two teams will help us prepare for all of the game dimensions that will come our way in Rugby World Cup Qualifiers. We will be striving for excellent performances against them that will dictate and lay a building platform for our RWC Qualifiers against Canada later in the month of June.”
Tickets for the Emirates Airline Summer Series match can be accessed at USARugby.org/Tickets. USA Rugby will host an official tailgate on the stadium grounds prior to the event; spectators may purchase tailgate parking with their event tickets. Details of broadcast arrangements for the match will be announced in due course.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 120,000 active members, with more than 40,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) would appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, in which both the men and women qualified. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.