Friday, April 27, 2018

Russia Confirmed As Eagles Denver Opponent

The final opponent for the Eagles summer series is in place. U.S.A. Rugby announced today that the Eagles will be playing Russia in Denver on June 9th. The match location had been announced awhile and Russia had been suspected as the other team involved but now it's confirmed. To recap the U.S. will play Russia in Denver on June 9th, Scotland in Houston on June 16th, and Canada in Halifax on June 23rd.

Fans probably can't help but feel a little disappointed at the selection. The U.S. played Russia in 2016 in Sacramento and blanked them. Even though Russia made the World Cup in 2011 they haven't been back to that same form since and it's unclear whether they can off a solid challenge this go around. That's all not mentioning that the European qualification mess could change things around. Couple this match in with only two matches in Europe, with one of those against Germany, and it hasn't exactly been the toughest schedule. The Scotland match is fantastic but it should be Scotland plus Samoa and Tonga not Scotland and Russia. 

1 comment:

  1. The positive of playing Russia before Scotland is that the team will have been in camp 2 weeks and have a match under their belts. It would such to go straight into the Scotland match without a warm-up of sorts. We really need to push hard for a strong summer schedule next year as a warm-up for RWC 2019. We need at least 1 Tier 1 and some strong Tier 2s like Japan, Georgia, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and Canada since we're so close.