The governing body of rugby in the United States of America, USA Rugby is heavily promoting the upcoming home international against Scotland in Houston. With the union aiming to beat the record attendance of 20,181 set last June efforts have been made including billboards as shown to the right. The form of Scotland shown thus far in 2014 suggests that the North Americans are in with a realistic chance of causing an upset.
The USA will face Scotland at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas on June 7. It is to be the third test at the venue in as many years after it played host to Italy in 2012 and Ireland in 2013. The photo on the billboard is of Northampton Saints utility forward Samu Manoa appearing against Ireland. It was taken by his USA Eagles teammate Brian Doyle.
Scotland is to play four tests this coming June, three of which will be in the Americas. The tour will begin with the Houston test and be followed by a match in Toronto against Canada on June 14 and one against Argentina in Córdoba the following weekend. Scotland will thn return home via South Africa with the Springboks hosting Scotland on June 28 in Port Elizabeth.
The USA will play three tests in June, all of which will be home matches. After hosting Scotland on June 7 the USA will play Japan in Los Angeles on June 14 and then face Canada on June 21 in Sacramento. The two test matches in California are to be a part of the 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. Canada is to host Japan in Burnaby (Greater Vancouver) on June 7.