In a November 2014 test match, the United States of America took on the world-champion New Zealand All Blacks at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Rugby fans across the world traveled to see what was the biggest rugby match ever played on US soil. A capacity crowd of over 61 500 fans filled Soldier Field to witness USA vs New Zealand on a balmy November day.
Similar results are expected for the Eagles vs Australia match taking place over the 2015 holiday weekend. The September 5 match will be the final test for both sides before departing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Eagles coach Mike Tolkin says: ‘Having the Wallabies come into Chicago is fantastic opportunity, but a huge challenge. As one of the top teams in the world, Australia will present the Eagles with an immense degree of pressure and difficulty. This will be a perfect test leading up to the World Cup.’
Tickets are now on sale for the US’s return to Soldier Field. The Americans will play the Wallabies and tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster, starting at US$23. While it has been nearly 40 years since their last encounter, there is a storied history between the Eagles and Wallabies.
USA Rugby was founded in 1975 and played their first international match against the Australians in 1976. The Aussies would go on to win that match by score of 24-12. The two teams last played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The 2015 test against the Wallabies will be played around the same time as USA Rugby’s 40th Anniversary. Fans attending the event can expect a high-intensity match featuring some of the world’s premier rugby players as they prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.