Tottenham new stadium: Spurs agree partnership with Saracens to host annual ‘Big Game’ at £1billion ground

2 Apr

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Premiership Rugby side Saracens to host their annual ‘Big Game’ at their stunning new stadium, the Premier League club have announced.

The fixture, which usually takes place during March, has previously been held at both Wembley and the London Stadium.

The latter held this year’s match, which Sarries won 27-20 last week.

Tottenham’s new stadium officially opens this week after a six-month delay

Premiership Rugby becomes the third sport confirmed to take place at Spurs’ new ground, which officially opens on Wednesday.

As well as football and rugby, there is a long-term agreement with NFL to host regular season matches at the £1billion structure.

It is believed Tottenham hope to host NFL’s flagship fixture, the Super Bowl, in the coming years.

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, said: “This agreement with Saracens further reinforces our aspiration to deliver a world-class multi-use venue in our home of Tottenham.

“To attract one of world rugby’s biggest club sides will bring a new audience to the area, as well as help drive significant socio-economic benefits for businesses and local people, as we continue to underline our commitment to the regeneration of north Tottenham.

“We look forward to welcoming Saracens and their fans to Tottenham and delivering world-class rugby matchday experiences, showcasing our new stadium and all the surrounding area has to offer.

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“This is an exciting partnership and, alongside Premier League and NFL matches, it is one that continues to underline our desire to create a sports and entertainment destination that we believe can transform this area of London.”

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Stuart Hogg: Exeter Chiefs sign Scotland full-back on contract from next season

13 Nov

Exeter Chiefs have signed Scotland international full-back Stuart Hogg on a two-year deal from next season, the Premiership club have announced.

Hogg, who has won 63 caps and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, will move to Sandy Park from Glasgow Warriors.

Scotland international Hogg joins Exeter from Glasgow Warriors

The 26-year-old is Exeter’s first new signing ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Hogg has spent nine seasons with Glasgow and established himself as one of the most exciting broken-field runners in world rugby.

“I am very excited about the move – it’s a great opportunity for myself and my family,” Hogg said.

“Like a lot of people, I have seen how the Chiefs have risen over the last few years, and I am a big fan of the way they play their rugby.

“This is a decision that has taken a great deal of thought, as I’ve loved my nine seasons at Glasgow Warriors.

“I said I would decide my next step for family and rugby reasons, and I feel now is the right time to gain new rugby experiences and push myself in different situations where I will be challenged and hopefully improve further.”

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter described Hogg’s signing as a statement by the Chiefs.

“We’ve tracked him for some time and we actually wanted to sign (him) before he signed his last contract at Glasgow,” Baxter said.

Hogg has twice toured with the Lions

“At that stage, it wasn’t the right time for him to move, but now it is and we feel he will be a fantastic addition to our squad.

“Yes, it’s a statement on our part.

“But anyone who knows us and where we want to go will understand that for us to move forward and win trophies – which is undoubtedly what we want to do – we have to back ourselves fully, and that means bringing in players who we feel will take us to that next level.”

Danny Cipriani arrested and charged after incident at a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning

15 Aug

Danny Cipriani has been arrested and charged following an incident at a nightclub in St Helier, Jersey, early on Wednesday, his club Gloucester Rugby have confirmed.

Cipriani trains with his new side ahead of the Premiership season

According to Jersey Police, the 30-year-old was charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly on licensed premises.

The club released a statement after the news broke on their website, saying: “”Gloucester Rugby are aware of an incident involving Danny Cipriani in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an incident at a St Helier nightclub.

“He was arrested and has since been charged by police. He will appear at Jersey Magistrates Court at 10am tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

“The club will be issuing no further comment at this time but will make a further announcement in due course.”

Cipriani made his long-awaited return to the England squad back in June

The England fly-half joined his new side from Wasps this summer and made his long-awaited return to the national side during the Series defeat to South Africa earlier this summer.

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