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International Rugby returns to Blackbaud Stadium

March 17, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Charleston Battery News Release

Charleston, SC. The USA Men's National Rugby Team will take on Canada on Saturday, July 4 at 5 PM at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., in what will mark the first of two IRB Rugby World Cup Qualifier matches. Tickets to this match will be available at on April 2. This will be the first full international Rugby match ever played in South Carolina.

USA Rugby CEO and President of Rugby, Nigel Melville,

"USA Rugby is extremely pleased that we can return to Charleston and build on the match last year. It was certainly one of the most supportive crowds that the Eagles have played to in recent memory. With a crucial game World Cup Qualifier on July 4th we are fully expecting Charleston to get behind the USA National Team and help cheer the team on to victory."

"This year we need a sell out and will pricing the tickets at a value level so everyone can bring their family and friends. With the match being broadcast live on ESPN2 and across the globe we want to show everyone how vibrant the rugby and sporting communities are in the South"

Charleston Battery President, Andrew Bell,

"We are thrilled that USA Rugby have chosen to return to Charleston for what will be one of their biggest matches of the year. This is a unique opportunity for Rugby fans in Charleston and beyond to experience international Rugby at its best."

Canada will host the second RWC Qualifier on July 11, at Ellerslie Rugby Park in Edmonton, Alberta and for more information, visit

USA Rugby played an international exhibition match versus French side, Clermont Auvergne, last August at Blackbaud Stadium.

USA RUGBY, founded in 1975, is the national governing body for rugby and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). The organization is responsible for the development of boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, as well as the nation's rugby coaches, referees, administrators and all of its national teams that represent the U.S. in international competitions. As part of this development, USA Rugby hosts a number of courses, clinics, National Championship events and international matches throughout the year. For more information, please visit

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