On Friday 9th August, Border Park RFC will host a touring rugby team from California at Kingston Park Stadium.
Long Beach State University will visit Northumberland as part of their England & Scotland Tour, organised in full by Corbridge based Tour Operator Sky High Sports. The tourists kick off their tour in Bath, where they will play Wells RFC before moving onto London and a game at Streatham-Croydon RFC.
The game with Border Park RFC will be the final match on the tour. The Americans will spend the final leg in Edinburgh to coincide with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “We’re thrilled to be bringing the Long Beach Team to the North-East,” said Sky High Sports director Richie Gledson, “We’ve been fortunate to work with the team on their three previous tours to Europe, so when they expressed an interest in travelling to Great Britain, we insisted we bring them to Newcastle.”
“For the game, Border Park RFC were our first choice of hosts, so when they accepted the game, we knew the Long Beach guys would be well received.” The tourists will spend an action packed four days in the region. They kick off their visit with a microbrewery themed walking tour of Newcastle & later in the visit will spend time training at Tynedale RFC, tackling the high-ropes at Go Ape in Matfen, spend a day visiting Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda Roman Fort & on the journey to Edinburgh visit Alnwick and the Castle.
Border Park RFC Director of Rugby, David Batey – “We’re very excited about hosting Long Beach on Friday. Our clubs values are centered on social rugby and excellent hospitality, so we’re looking forward to giving the Americans a good game & looking after them well in Newcastle afterwards.”
“We hosted a team from Maine in 2018 and that was one of the most enjoyable days of the past few seasons, there is a lot of excitement within the squad for the game.”
“Two of our players, Jack Appleton & Rory Dixon, spent time out in California this summer playing with Long Beach during their Sevens season. It was an unbelievable opportunity for the guys, so hopefully that link between Border Park & Long Beach will continue to grow.”
Head Coach of the Long Beach Team, Jason Reynolds: “Long Beach has a long history of playing overseas to enhance the playing level of its players. This will be our 6th tour to Great Britain, but our first to Northumberland. We have made it the the Collegiate National Semi Finals the last two years. Our hope is that getting our younger players game time against experienced clubs players like those in the Tyne Valley will help in our continued winning traditions. Training at Tynedale and getting the opportunity of playing a game at Kingston park will definitely bring out the best in our players.”
The game at Kingston Park Stadium kicks off at 19:00 on Friday 9th August. Entry is free & spectators are encouraged to join the teams for the after-match social at The Union Rooms in Newcastle afterwards.
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