Servette Rugby Club de Genève

Press release - GENEVA RUGBY CUP 2014

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27 May 2014, Geneva

The Association Servette Rugby Club de Genève (ASRCG) - in collaboration with Genève Sport SA, the Geneva Cantonal Rugby Association and the Swiss Rugby Federation - is proud to announce the inauguration of the Geneva Rugby Cup, the first edition of which will take place on Friday 8 August 2014 at Stade de Genève.

Following the success of the rugby event at Stade de Genève twelve months ago, the ASRCG is pleased to announce the launch of a new concept dedicated to rugby. The Geneva Rugby Cup 2014 will feature the following matches:

  • 18h00: The first official match of Servette Rugby Club against Grasshopper Zürich Rugby Club
  • 20h30: An all French Top 14 clash between Stade Français Paris and LOU (Lyon Olympique Universitaire)

The Stade Français Paris, thirteen-time French champion, is one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe and the Parisian club is looking forward to playing at Stade de Genève. Gonzalo Quesada, Sporting Director, confirmed, “We are delighted to compete against the LOU in Geneva. This fixture, against a newly promoted club to the Top 14, is very important to us, as it is our final preparation match before the start of the championship. Naturally, we want to be in a position to prepare for the 2014-2015 season on a positive note”.

LOU (Lyon Olympique Universitaire) achieved its objectives last season by ending the season as champions of Pro D2 in France and the club will take its place amongst the Top 14 teams for season 2014/15. Franck Isaac-Sibille, Vice President and General Manager of LOU, is looking forward to the challenge: “The game against Stade Francais will be a great opportunity for us to measure ourselves against one of the best teams in the Top 14. Also, this final preparation friendly match for our players and our staff will take place in front of a new rugby audience, in a prestigious city not far from our home town of Lyon! ”

The launch of the Geneva Rugby Cup is a key part of the strategy to attract international events to Stade de Genève and to the city of Geneva which is reflected by the various football matches taking place in Geneva throughout summer 2014.

Alain Studer, Vice President of the Servette Rugby Club, looks forward to welcoming the public of Geneva to Servette Rugby Club’s first fixture: “I am particularly pleased to see all of the work that has been accomplished in recent months pay off, notably through this exciting night of rugby. Not only will Servette Rugby Club play in front of a large crowd, but the public will also have a chance to appreciate this clash between two Top 14 clubs.”

Hugh Quennec, President of the Servette Rugby Club, added “The Geneva Rugby Cup is a great promotion for the sport of rugby and further proves that the Stade de Genève and the city of Geneva is capable of hosting any type of event.”

Peter Schüpbach, President of the Swiss Rugby Federation also wished to express his
satisfaction to the organisers: “The Swiss Rugby Federation eagerly awaits this great
initiative and would like to thank the Association Servette Rugby Club de Genève (ASRCG),
Genève Sport SA, and the Geneva Cantonal Rugby Association for contributing to the
development of rugby in Geneva and in Switzerland. This event is well placed to be a
success, and the Swiss Rugby Federation fully supports the team of organisers in promoting
and celebrating rugby.”

The organisers intend to make the Geneva Rugby Cup an annual event that brings together
the best teams in Europe and offers an entertaining and fun supporter experience which
reflects the values of rugby. The programme of the event has been designed to encourage
families to attend with a variety of rugby based activities in the Rugby Village before and
between the two matches to ensure a celebration of rugby and of its values: respect,
passion, entertainment and team spirit.

In pictures

16h30 Opening of the Rugby Village with music, rugby activities and refreshments during the build up to the matches.
18h00 First match. Servette Rugby Club v Grasshopper Zürich Rugby Club.
20h30 Second match. Stade Français Paris v LOU (Lyon Olympique Universitaire).

Tickets are available from CHF10 (excluding fees) for the under sixteens and from CHF 20
(excluding fees) for adults. Ticket sales will start at midday on Wednesday 28th May and
rugby fans will be able to purchase tickets exclusively from all Ticketcorner points as well as
online at www.ticketcorner.ch.

Media accreditations for the match can be obtained upon request at the following address:
http://form.jotformpro.com/form/31364346708961.

For further information, kindly contact Servette Rugby Club directly at the following address:
presse@servettercgeneve.ch.

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