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Aviva Premiership considers USA game

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According to the Times, the Aviva Premiership is in advanced negotiations about the prospect of moving a regular season game over to the USA as soon as next season.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of the Premier Rugby Association since 2005, told the Times: “We are working on plans for a game out there.

“There are opportunities; we have to find the right entry point and the right time. We have got to recognise that it will build. It is slowly beginning to come through [in the USA]. They have players who are beginning to come through.”

Several clubs including Leicester and London Irish are rumoured to be interested, however, the main concerns are about the cost, which would equate to nearly £100,000 for each club.

Similarly, representatives of both Saracens and Leicester have stated that they would only be interested in being the away team as they worry about the impact on their home crowds.

Rugby has gained more exposure in the USA recently due to a number of things, such as the inclusion of the Sevens form of the game that will take place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as the country qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

While the US has brought NBA and NFL matches over to Wembley and the o2 arena, if rugby were to do the same it would provide America with another opportunity for the game to grow in the country.

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