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USA Rugby South Panthers to Tour NZ in 2024

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USA Rugby South Panthers to Tour NZ in 2024

Panther Academy players on tour to Wales in 2019.

The USA Rugby South Panthers Rugby Academy will be touring New Zealand in 2024 and there is still room for players who want to attend.

The tour is slated for June and will last 12 days. It will include coaching sessions with coaches from the Auckland Rugby Union, Wellington Rugby Unoion, and Canterbury Rugby Union, exposing players to some of the best rugby coaches in the world. 

In between there will be three match days, and also the opportunity to see major rugby matches (the All Blacks schedule isn’t out yet but an All Blacks test match is hoped for).

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Added to that will be cultural and natural excursions, such as the Willowbank Kiwi House, the seal colony at Kaikoura, a Te Puia Cultural evening, and tours of New Zealands biggest cities.

The tour itself is priced at $1,995 per person (which includes hotels, meals, and in-country transportation). Those attending will also need to purchase their own flight to Auckland.

“It’s a reasonable price point,” said Panther Rugby Academy President Mark Williams. “It’s important to have a full tour. When you go that far you need to see more than rugby clubhouses, so we’ve got a pretty good mix of rugby and other things. And there are so many things outside of the games to experience. Rugby is so welcoming and one of the things we want is for the players to experience of being in a rugby country. Rugby is a common bond around the world and American kids are sometimes really surprised at the extent to which that is true.”

Williams said the Panthers tour to the Wales in 2021 showed that, with the games played in Wales becoming the major spectacle for the town on that day—the clubhouse full and fans ringing the field to see the team from the USA.

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Most players will not become national team players or professional rugby players. They play for the fun of it and the lifelong love of the game helps them enjoy life in many ways. This tour, said Williams, is part of that.

“they are matching clubs up with us to find the right competition,” said Williams. “And we want to provide that overseas experience, and in these countries they don’t get a lot of touring teams from the USA, so it’s a different experience for them, too.”

To see the full outline of the Panthers Tour of New Zealand go here>>

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