The Oxford Blues will kick off their first RFC Ivy League tour of America with matches against some of the most prestigious Ivy League universities.
The 15 day tour will include The Blues training with Harvard Rugby Football Club, Yale University Rugby Football Club, Princeton University Rugby Football Club and West Point, a leader in USA Collegiate Rugby.
There will also be a series of rugby matches against the prestigious Collegiate All-Americans, Mystic River Rugby Club in Boston and Old Blue RFC, one of the oldest rugby clubs in America.
Highlights of the Collegiate All Americans game at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia are due to be shown on ABC, NBC and Sky Sports.
AFYA Sports Training is sponsoring The Oxford Blues on their tour and its name will appear on all the kit during the team’s tour to the East Coast of America.
The tour is centred on the fixture with the Collegiate All-Americans, which will be held in conjunction with AEG as the curtain raiser for the Newcastle versus Saracens Premiership Rugby clash at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium the same day.
Whilst they are on the tour AFYA will run coaching and tackle camps with The Blues with aspiring young American rugby players as well as running community outreach programmes in New York via rugby.
AFYA is led by Ben Wood, a former Army officer and qualified RFU coach, and James Wade, a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC (The Blues).
Ben Wood, Managing Director of AFYA, which has a strong reputation for sports coaching excellence in the UK, said: “We’re delighted to help sponsor The Blues during this exciting tour and it’s fantastic to see the AFYA name on the match top.”
Oxford University Rugby Football Club is one of the world’s leading and most well-known amateur rugby clubs. Founded in 1869, more than 300 Oxford players have gained representative international honours since then including Phil de Glanville, Tyrone Howe, Simon Halliday and Rob Egerton.
Current Oxford Blues Captain Conor Kearns said: “We’re delighted that AFYA is on board as a key sponsor for our first tour of the East Coast of America.
“The club has a great tradition of tours reaching around the globe and it’s an exciting prospect to once again bring a Blues squad to the East Coast.”
“Replicating tours of old, we will be making use of both academic and sporting ties between Oxford and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It will be a great opportunity to grow as a squad but also represent student sport on a global stage.”