London Irish consider moving match to America

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London Irish have revealed that they are considered moving one of their Rugby matches to a foreign city with Boston in America being mentioned.

London Irish would not be the first Aviva Premiership club to take one of their matches to a venue outside of the United Kingdom as Saracens, Wasps and Harlequins have all done it already.

However no-one has ever moved match to the growing rugby market United States of America.

“It would be massive news over there and a great coup for the club to be involved in,” Exiles chief executive Andy Martin told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“You can imagine the scene. Fenway Park in Boston full of Irish people, hopefully with some of the fans from here going across to watch us playing an Italian side in the Heineken Cup.”

London Irish coach Toby Booth said that he would welcome the idea pointing out that it would be an opportunity for clubs to grow their brand overseas.

Martin has however warned that the idea of Irish playing Boston was still in its infancy and stressed the views of supporters would be taken into account.

“If we did do something, and let me reiterate we are just playing with ideas, we would have to make sure they (the supporters) were on board,” he said.

“There are more supporters for this club around the world than any other club in England.

“If we are going to grow this club and be innovative like we are trying to be – and (if) there is an audience for us of 40,000 or 50,000 in Boston, then it would be worth trying to look at it and do something with.”

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