It was announced at a press conference today that Wasps and Harlequins are moving their LV= Cup fixture to Abu Dhabi on 30th January.
They will be the first English clubs to stage a domestic fixture outside the country, with the objective to grow the sport globally and extend the reach of the two clubs’ brands.
Wasps Board Director Steve Hayes said, “It’s a chance to take Wasps global to enhance the brand.”
The club website reports, “The game has received the backing of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the United Arab Emirates Rugby Association who are eager to promote rugby in the United Arab Emirates. Both Wasps and Harlequins are equally committed to raising awareness of the sport, both home and abroad, and will be engaging with local schools and rugby clubs in the region in the build up to the game.”
The game will be played in a specially-contructed 5,000 seater stadium in the grounds of Emirates Palace, and will be televised live on Sky Sports.
What do you think? Is this good for the game, the players or the fans?