The Rugby Showdown has released a new ticket pricing structure and later kick-off time to ensure that the rugby community in Southern California can experience the exciting fixture on April 13.
The South African Golden Lions from Johannesburg, who took part in the 2012 Super 15 Rugby competition, will take on the North American All Stars at Cal State Fullerton. The match is now set to kick-off at 7.30 p.m. Pacific Time at Titan Stadium on Saturday April 13.
The evening kickoff will certainly help boost attendance figures with several rugby teams in the region competing in the various playoff competitions in Southern California.
“This is indeed excellent news for our match against the Lions. Having a large crowd supporting us will definitely add to the excitement of this clash,” said flanker Todd Clever, the North American All Stars captain.
Another element that will aid this cause is the new ticket prices released by the Rugby Showdown:
The April 13 event will see a festival atmosphere with plenty of action planned for inside and outside Titan Stadium on the beautiful Cal State Fullerton campus.
Several local rugby teams are set to move their playoff matches to this venue, with youth, college, club and old boys fixtures on the schedule. Tournament organizers will be announcing news of the live entertainment in the coming weeks, including a rugby banquet, beer garden and giveaways.
In other news: USA Eagles Head Coach, Mike Tolkin, who will coach the North American All Stars – has released three names of his squad that will face the Golden Lions.
These players include Andrew Suniula, Shaun Davies and Graham Harriman.
“Andrew is a hard running veteran center who brings leadership to the squad. Shaun is a dynamic and feisty young player who got his first taste of international rugby last summer. Graham broke into the Eagles this fall after a promising campaign in the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC). He is a good technical lock who has a bright future,” said Tolkin.
Suniula comes from a strong rugby background with brothers Roland and Shalom also national team players. He has been capped 15 times for the Eagles, and played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The powerful center is a great addition for the team, providing excellent go-forward ball, and is solid on defense.
Davies is an the All-American from Brigham Young University and earned his first cap for the USA Eagles last year. He is an up-and-coming talent at scrumhalf.
Harriman played for the USA Selects in 2012 at the ARC, and has also attended the Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa. Harriman currently plays for the Chicago Griffins with teammate Andrew Suniula.
“This game brings a great competitive opportunity for our HP (High Performance) players to be involved in during their domestic season. It also gives the fans an opportunity to watch a great professional organization in their back yard. It will be a brilliant evening,“ enthused Tolkin.
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