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Not coming to a stadium near you...

Couldn't happen in football? First they came and made our teams play at strange times. Then they came and made our teams play on strange days. Then they came a made our teams play in a different country...

Good news if you prefer watching live sport on the telly.

London Wasps confirm LV= Cup match with Harlequins will be staged in Abu Dhabi

The game between the two London clubs is the first UK domestic competitive rugby fixture to be played overseas and the ground-breaking move has been backed by the Rugby Football Union and the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The game will be played under flood-lights in the grounds of the Emirates Palace, who will host both teams and match officials, with a specially constructed stadium allowing up to 5,000 spectators to watch the fixture.

“We are truly delighted to be the first club to take a competitive game of rugby overseas,” said Wasps owner Steve Hayes. “It reiterates our commitment to the game and also to building the long term future of London Wasps. The excitement already shown by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Etihad Airways, Emirates Place and the United Arab Emirates Rugby Association in staging this game, highlights the interest in our domestic rugby and opens up great opportunities to promote London Wasps, Harlequins, the LV= Cup and rugby on a much wider scale.

“As a club we are always looking at ways to be innovative, but moving this game has only been possible through the support and backing of the RFU, Premiership Rugby, IRB, LV=, Sky Sports and Harlequins. To see such positive endorsement really highlights the strength of this concept and I thank everyone for making this a realisation. Great thanks also go to Emirates Palace, Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

“While we understand that many supporters will not be able to travel to the game, Wasps’ fans have always vocalised their desire for the club to grow and strengthen its brand and it is unique opportunities like this that can really propel Wasps into new realms.

“With Sky Sports behind this venture, our fans will be able to see this game from home soil and that was very important to us because we know there will be some disappointment in not playing this game at Adams Park. We hope that everyone in black and gold gets behind this because we, along with all parties invested in this game, believe there is a real positive for Wasps and for rugby in this.”

Terry Burwell, the RFU’s tournament and competitions director, said the game would help bring rugby to new audiences.

“Taking the game to Abu Dhabi is a great opportunity to strengthen the sport’s presence outside of the eight foundation unions,” said Burwell.

“The LV= Cup is the ideal competition to showcase rugby union on the wider stage, offering new spectators the chance to witness the exciting young talent we have to offer in England.”

Harlequins chief executive Mark Evans said his club were also looking forward to the fixture.

“Anything which broadens the reach and awareness of club rugby within this region must be applauded and we are delighted to co-operate with Wasps in this innovative venture.”

Wasps season-ticket holders will be provided with a match ticket for this game and the club is currently working with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to provide supporter travel packages for those who wish to travel.

Season ticket holders, and supporters who have already purchased tickets, that do not travel will be offered a refund and will also be invited to attend an open day with the squad at Adams Park later in the season.

Will we be getting Premier League beheading in return?

It's inevitable it will happen with at least one game a season from our premier league. Just like with the NFL doing a game over here. The money men are in charge.

Clacker wrote:

At the moment three points are awarded for a win and one for a draw

Blimey Sepp, how did you find that out?

I must say I did enjoy the golden goal.

Much, much more important than goal line technology.

bearing wrote:
Clacker wrote:

At the moment three points are awarded for a win and one for a draw

Blimey Sepp, how did you find that out?

I must say I did enjoy the golden goal.

Not sure if this could easily scale up to the "proper" game, but 6-a-side "play-off" games here are first decided by five minutes of golden goal, but with only three outfield players per side (i.e. 4-a-side on a 6-a-side pitch).

There is probably a winner in three out of every four ties played this way - and any penalties must be taken by players still on the pitch at the final whistle.

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