Thursday, July 24, 2014

International Rugby: USA Secures Rare Four Test November Series

Photo: Travis Prior-KLC fotos
After playing host to the world champion All Blacks on November 1 the USA Eagles will embark on a European tour which is to see the North Americans playing a total of four test matches in November. The four match series will see the USA entering a Rugby World Cup year better prepared than ever before. Previously the best November tour the USA Eagles had before a World Cup was in 2010 when the North Americans faced Russia, Portugal and Georgia in Europe. This time the Eagles are to play four tests against higher ranked opposition but have no matches against opposition teams that the North Americans will meet at Rugby World Cup 2015.  

With reports indicating that the groundbreaking fixture at Chicago's Soldier Field is heading for a sell-out news that the national team is to play a further three tests thereafter is a dream come true for the USA rugby community. In years gone by there have been constant complaints about the lack of international competition but in 2014 the USA is to play a total of nine test matches, three more than Canada. 

Despite playing three tests in Europe only one will be against a European opponent and as such the USA Eagles are to take-on Tonga and Fiji at neutral venues. After facing Romania in Bucharest on November 8 the USA will play Tonga on November 15 and Fiji on November 21. The test against Fiji will be played at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France while the venue for Tonga v the USA remains unconfirmed. 

With the USA being in Pool B of Rugby World Cup 2015 it is not to play matches against any opposition teams this November. The North Americans are to take-on Samoa, Scotland, South Africa and Japan. The yet to be confirmed schedule for June 2015 appears to also have the USA playing against other countries. 

Date
Match
Host City
Country
November 1
USA v New Zealand
Chicago
USA
November 8
Romania v USA
Bucharest
Romania
November 15
Tonga v USA
TBA
TBA
November 21
Fiji v USA
Vannes
France

2 comments:

  1. i have two questions 1) who picks opponents for usa? do the eagles get to choose or does the irb set them up 2) why Europe? wouldn't it be best if usa played more home games even in the fall window or at the opponents home country. you dont see usa soccer playing spain in france.

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    1. 1. A mixture of requesting opposition and seeing who is available. The IRB drew up the Tier Two schedule having had discussions with unions.
      2. In Europe to cut costs as other sides are there at this time.

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