EchoStar Enters the Rugby Scrum

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EchoStar Communications Corp. and MediaZone are teaming up on the rugby plan.

The two companies will offer the 2005 Churchill Cup rugby competition online (www.MediaZone.com/churchill), they announced Tuesday.

The Churchill Cup is a cooperative effort of the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Canada and USA Rugby. This year’s tournament features England, Argentina, Canada and the United States.

Argentina will play the United States to open the tournament Sunday, June 19, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, immediately followed by Canada versus England. The third-place and championship matches will be played the following Sunday.

The entire tournament will be available to Web surfers for $34.95, or fans can purchase single-day action for $24.95.

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