New Zealand will return to the United States for their first rugby union match since losing to Ireland in 2016 to the United States in Washington.
Organizers of the first 1874 Cup announced game details on Monday, with the game scheduled for Oct. 23 at FedEx Field, home of the NFL football team in Washington.
The 1874 Cup marks the first rugby match played on American soil, between Harvard University and Canada’s McGill University, as Americans hope to stimulate US interest and awareness in the sport ahead of a bid the 2027 or 2031 Rugby World Cup or the 2029 Women’s World Cup.
When the All Blacks traveled to Chicago five years ago to face Ireland, New Zealand lost 40-29, giving the Irish their first win in the game in 111 years.
“We are really delighted to be returning to the United States. Going to Washington for an All Blacks first test there will be exciting for the team, ”said coach Ian Foster.
“We already had some great experiences in the United States, but with a bad result against Ireland in 2016, but our game against the United States in 2014 was very memorable, with real excitement from the public and great interest in the All Blacks. .
“So I hope this is another chance to grow rugby. “
The Eagles, who face Ireland the following week in Las Vegas, will receive a world-class tune-up as they prepare for the 2023 World Cup in France.
“It’s exciting to complete our fall testing program with a game against the All Blacks,” said US coach Gary Gold. “It’s no secret this team is, and has been, one of the best in the world and the opportunity to play against each other at home is special. “
The 82,000-seat venue is located on the outskirts of the US capital and hopes to host Rugby World Cup matches from a successful US bid.
“I know the team are excited to be going to America and especially going to Washington for the first time,” said All Blacks captain Sam Cane. “It will be a historic game with a lot of meaning behind it and we hope the rugby fans there will really be behind the game. “
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