Sunday, April 6, 2014

Report: All Blacks-Eagles Test In Chicago Confirmed


According to the New Zealand Herald, U.S.A. Rugby and the New Zealand Rugby Union have reached an agreement for the All Blacks and Eagles to play a fixture on November 1st at Soldier Field in Chicago (Note: the article says November 2nd but remember that New Zealand is usually a day ahead). The expectation is that a minimum of $40,000 tickets will be sold and that the NZRU will be guaranteed to receive at least one million dollars to cover their costs. Also, according to the article, the U.S. is still working on securing release for their players in the Premiership.

The match has long been rumored to be in Chicago at Solider Field but this is the first indication that an agreement has been reached.

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What do you make of the news?

9 comments:

  1. NZRFU and NZ media have always quoted the local date for overseas games so I'm sure they mean November 2nd in the US.

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  2. The Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field, and Nov 2nd is a Sunday. The NFL schedule won't be released until I think April 17th, so it's not a certainty the pitch is available Nov 2nd.

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    1. I'm sure Gary a date wouldn't be confirmed without negotiation and agreement with the Bears. I think it's highly likely the Bears in consultation with the NFL will have an away game that weekend.

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    2. The Bears have a bye week that Sunday, but all the dates released in the states have been Saturday, Nov 1st.

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  3. Hard to believe they would go head-to-head against the NFL on a Sunday in mid-season. I would think Saturday Nov 1 would be a better date.

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  4. The massacre very few people will see. The majority of the sports fans will be watching college football. The U.S. Rugby fans will be experiencing a huge dose of indigestion as the All Blacks dominate.

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    1. The massacre? rugby is just a game not war !

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  5. The only Eagles I would pay to watch the All-Blacks play is Manly.

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  6. Way to go guys. Biggest game in modern US rugby history and I'm loving the positivity! Some US fans give the USARFU a hard time but with fans holding your guys kind of attitude it's a wonder they even bother. Pathetic. Stop being so full of sh** and start supporting your team FFS!

    And yeah everyone was watching college football last year when the Maori ABs played so they didn't get much of a crowd for that either did they? Japan had almost no hope vs ABs last year yet the 27k of tickets sold out in 1.5hrs. There's a bit of "can do" for you :-)

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