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If you're a fan of rugby and live in Pittsburgh, then the following news should make you very happy: the city now has a team in the American National Rugby League. Naturally, they will wear black and gold, although there may be a wait until they roll out the alternate powder blue jerseys. Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to the Pittsburgh Vipers.

The team is comprised of many players from the area, including Ken DeLucia (East Allegheny), the team captain/Director of Operations. The Vipers also have some international flair in Sione Tapu and David Banta, who both hail from the island nation of Tonga.

This Friday night (June 4) at Founders Field in Cheswick, the Vipers will be holding a Preseason Polynesian Luau starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission for the event will be $30 at the gate and the luau will include a traditional Polynesian prepared pig, soft drinks and beer. There will also be live music from the group “Polynesian Soul” from Monroeville.
The Vipers' first game comes on Saturday, June 5 at Founders Field against the Washington D.C. Slayers, with a 12 p.m. start. As you know, there's nothing like a good Pittsburgh-Washingtron grudge match to stir up some healthy competition right off the bat.

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Unknown said...

Cool. Keep us updated as to how they do.

JW said...

Didn't we have a Pittsburgh Vipers before? Was it indoor lacrosse? Roller hockey? Name sounds familiar...

SantoGold said...

$30 to see a rugby game? I don't care if there is a pig for eats and pop/beer for drinks (I'm sure there's a limit on the beer), thats kind of pricey for a start-up team.

AJ said...

I'm pretty certain that $30 is for the fundraiser on Friday, not the cost of the game Saturday.

Pittsburgh is also a possible relocation market for Chicago's professional outdoor lacrosse team.

Matt said...

go check it out. I play down here and the teams, while sponsored, pay for everything themselves, and could always use the support. My team is headed to the national 15s championships in Colorado and we have had to raise all of the funds (around 20k) ourselves. These guys play for the love of the game, and it's a fun saturday...or Friday night on this case.