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USA and Canada in World Cup Americas Qualifying - Tomorrow June 24, at Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario, the Eagles and the Canadians will meet in the first of two matches to determine which North American XV qualifies for the Americas 1 slot in the 2019 RWC in Japan. Tim Hortons lists a 45,000 capacity.
It will be forty-years and one month from the first game between these neighbors that began in Vancouver in May 1977. Since then, the Canadians have prevailed 38-17-1 for a sixty-nine percent win record. However, the USA have won the past five contests. The Canadians last defeated the USA in August 2013.
The game will be on The Rugby Channel for subscribers with a 3 p.m. ET kick off time.
Todd Clever will make this game his next to last international match as he plans to retire after next week's, second qualifying match on July 1 in San Diego.
Recently, the USA lost to Georgia 21-17 while Romania defeated Canada 25-9. Should the nations split games, then point’s differential will determine who moves through. The loser will have to play twice against a South American XV, most probably, Uruguay for the RWC America's 2 spot.
Women's Sevens End Season in France - The finale of the 2016/2017 six HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series concludes in Clermont-Ferrand, Saturday, June 24. The Eagles need a good showing to move up the ladder from sixth place. New Zealand have probably won the event, leading by fourteen-points over tied for second Australia and Canada. The Black Ferns have won four out of the five tournaments this season.
Of note, are three new, young faces in the Eagle squad, Natalia Kosko, Sara Parsons, and Tess Feury.
The USA games - streamed free on The Rugby Channel - will be aired (ET) at 6 a.m., 8:44 a.m., and 11:50 a.m., and also live on www.worldrugby.org. The day's lineup starts with Ireland, followed by Japan, and ending with New Zealand.
Lions First All Blacks Test - Auckland's venerated Eden Park Stadiums will host the first Test match between the British and Irish Lions (4-2 so far) against the host All Blacks, Saturday, June 24. Bookies have made the Kiwis favorites to take this match, and to win the series.
An America sidebar to the event is an article and photo in the NY Times sports page today that describes the importance of this match under the headline: "IT HAPPENS EVERY 12 YEARS: LONG AWAITED SERIES SET TO START." The "12-years" relates to the Lions' three rotations every four-years to South Africa, Australia, and, New Zealand.