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Cape Town 7s - This Saturday, December 9, begins the two-day Cape Town sevens tournament, the second stop on the HSBC World Rugby ten-city circuit. South Africa, winners of Sevens title in 2016/2017, are favored to win their second event, having triumphed last week in Dubai. Since moving to Cape Town from Elizabeth, the stadium welcomes a sell out crowd that approaches some 35,000 fans. The USA must rebound from a disastrous thirteenth-place finish in Dubai, a difficult task with the absence of concussed Perry Baker, 2017's Sevens Player of the Year.
The Eagles Saturday schedule follows:
New Zealand at 12:05 p.m.
Australia at 3:04 p.m.
Spain at 6:50 p.m.
Matches will be streamed live at www.worldrugby.org.
Rugby League in Colorado - Aussie promoter Jason Moore wants to bring a Rugby League official Test Match to Colorado next June, pitting England against New Zealand. Moore is the person who convinced Rugby League to hold the Rugby League World Cup in the USA and Canada in 2025. The tentative dates are June 22 and June 23, 2018. The ideal venue would be Dicks Sporting Goods Major League Soccer Stadium that holds 18,000 seats.
Rugby League 2017 World Cup Results - The recent tournament contested in Australia showed a 19% decrease in total attendance from the last RLWC. Attendance Down Under totaled 372,000, well short of the 2013 RLWC in England, when 459,000 filled the stadiums. Again, this represents another result of lower rugby fan turn out in Australia and New Zealand when compared with a European venue.
Cambridge Sweeps Oxford in Varsity Matches - Cambridge Women and Men defeated archrival Oxford in the Varsity Match at Twickenham. The Men's Light Blues triumphed 20-10 in the 136th edition of the annual, December contest. The Cambridge Women shutout their Dark Blues opponent 24-0 in the 31st match.