The upcoming November internationals are going to be key to the U.S. vs. Canada World Cup qualifying series next year. From what TIAR understands from multiple sources the World Rugby rankings released in December will decide who hosts the second of two matches this summer for a spot in the World Cup. The U.S. are currently 17th in the rankings with 65.60 points while Canada are just one spot behind at 18th and 64.53 points.
With the two teams so close in the rankings the November internationals are going to be key. One distinct advantage for Canada is that they have three opportunities to earn points while the U.S. only have two. Canada will face Ireland, Romania, and Samoa this fall while the U.S. will play Romania and Tonga. Their match against the Maori All Blacks doesn't count toward the rankings.
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