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Premiership going global makes sense - Ryan

Worcester Editorial 4th Nov, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Ryan has revealed he would be interested in taking his Worcester Warriors side overseas to play an Aviva Premiership match.

London Irish and Saracens will become the first top flight teams to face off outside the UK when they meet in New York in March next year.

Seven years ago Premier League football tabled a similar globe-trotting proposal – which could have seen the creation of the 39th game – before being shelved due to widespread opposition.

However, Ryan has welcomed Premier Rugby Limited’s (PRL) decision and believes the match at the 25,000-capacity Red Bull Arena will be a success.

“It’s one of those things where if you don’t try it you won’t know,” he said. “It is huge growing market in the States and if you can get a foothold in there, rugby can grow.

“So it makes sense to have a look at it.”

He added: “I can’t see why anyone would want Worcester to go to New York, but we would be quite happy to.

“It sounds like a great place to play rugby.

“I am not sure what city we are linked with, but there is a big market there and I am sure PRL are looking to have something global.

“It will be a quite exciting future to be able to take the brand of Premiership rugby to a wider audience.”

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