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Friday night lights: Navan's Páirc Tailteann to host high-school American football game

Teams from Arizona and Pennsylvania will line out.

Image: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

NAVAN WILL HOST an American football game between two of the United States’ top high school teams next summer.

As part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2012, Notre Dame Preparatory High School Saints from Scottsdale, Arizona and Father Judge High School Crusaders from Philadelphia will kick off their regular season on Friday, 31 August at Páirc Tailteann, the GAA have confirmed.

“The great bond between our two nations is well documented,” said Meath County Board chairman, Bernard Allen. “I trust our visitors will enjoy their historic visit to an equally historic county. Coiste na Mí is determined to make their stay an unforgettable one. We hope the memories they will take with them from the Royal County will endure well into the future.”

Two more traveling teams, who will open a two-game festival of American Football, are due to be confirmed, the Association said last night.

Notre Dame and Navy meet in the Aviva Stadium in September meanwhile.

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