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USA vs. Tonga This Saturday - The USA try to move off their Test match schneid when the Eagles play Tonga in San Sebastian, Spain, on Saturday. The USA lost to the Maori All Blacks and Romania in the last two outings. Historically, Tonga hold a decisive 7-1 advantage over the USA, winning the last match in July 2015 by a score of 33-19. The USA's sole win came in 1999 in a game played in San Francisco.
The match will be played in the Stadio Anoeta, which seats 32,000. The game commences at 5 p.m.
San Sebastian is a western resort coastal city in the Basque region in the Bay is Biscay. It borders Biarritz, France, home to the famous Biarritz Olympique Rugby Club founded in 1913. Many French rugby fans will travel a few kilometers south to watch the Eagles and Tonga match and to enjoy a glass of Chacoli, the notable dry white wine of the region.
Full European Test Calendar - There is a full schedule of Test games this Saturday. The key match is Ireland hosting New Zealand. Another important contest among the top ranked ten will see France welcome Australia in Paris. Here's the list of games:
Ireland v. New Zealand
France v. Australia
Georgia v. Samoa
Italy v. South Africa
England v. Fiji
Romania v. Canada
Scotland v. Argentina
Tonga v. USA
Olympic Boost for Global Rugby Interest - Research indicates that rugby's debut at the Rio Olympics attracted 17 million new fans worldwide The study, commissioned by World Rugby, found that the growth in interest in rugby sevens (up four per cent) was greater than any other Olympic sport. And, again, thanks to Australian Women and Fiji Men for their superb gold medal play.
Women's NIRA Championship at West Point - Today, Friday, November 18, begins the two semi-final games in the second NIRA (Varsity programs) championship. At the Anderson Rugby Complex at West Point, Central Washington play AIC at 3 p.m., a replay of an earlier game won by Central Washington 57-26. At 5 p.m. host Army play Quinnipiac (CT), last year's NIRA champion. These two fifteens also met earlier with Quinnipiac winning 32-19. The winners advance to the final on Sunday, November 20. Good luck to all squads.
Las Vegas Sevens Discount Tickets - Available until December 1 at www.usasevens.com.