D1A showcase to replace Super Rugby at International Rugby Saturday

UCLA hosts #13 Arizona as newly featured curtain raiser to 2018 ARC opener between Men’s Eagles and Argentina XV

LOS ANGELES, CA – AEG Rugby and SANZAAR announced today that UCLA and #13 Arizona will substitute the Super Rugby preseason match as matinee to the double-header event in Los Angeles on February 3rd. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Super Rugby’s Vodcom Bulls and DHL Stormers are no longer able to make the intercontinental trip to Southern California.

“While it’s unfortunate the Bulls and Stormers can’t join us in Los Angeles, we’re excited to host a top D1A matchup and deliver an amazing double header to the fans.” Said AEG Rugby Director, Dan Lyle.

Event organizers will contact current ticket holders via email with updated details and instructions on completing refunds, if the buyer so chooses. Inquires can be made through the AXS Help Center.

Date and times for International Rugby Saturday remain unchanged as the marquee matchup between the Men’s Eagles and Argentina XV kicks off at 5pm PT, preceded by UCLA vs Arizona at 3pm PT.

Currently ranked #13 in the 2017-18 D1A standings, Arizona travels to Los Angeles in need of a win to keep pace with not only the Top 20, but their own conference, as #12 Utah and #4 Cal lead the Sean Duffy coached squad. UCLA made their season debut in the Dennis Storer Classic, hoping to leverage a crowded StubHub Center with what should be sizable home field advantage.

“UCLA is very excited to play our PAC Conference match with the University of Arizona in advance of the ARC match at the StubHub Center.” Said UCLA Men’s Rugby Coach, Scott Stewart, “What an amazing opportunity it is to advance our sport from the collegiate level and be a part of the growth of rugby in Southern California in the build up to the 2028 Olympic Games.”

University of Arizona Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Sean Duffy added, “This is a fantastic day for the PAC Conference and D1A to be included in this great day of Rugby in the USA. I’m sure I speak for both UCLA and our program in that this will be a fantastic experience for the players of two strong PAC programs.”

Tickets to International Rugby Saturday can be purchased online via AXS.