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The United States will embark on a European tour after playing the All Blacks Nov. 1 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Only the first contest, Nov. 8 in Bucharest at the Arc de Triumpf against Romania, is a true road game, as the other two are at neutral sites against Pacific Nations Cup rivals.
On Nov. 15 at a venue and location to be announced, the Eagles will take on Tonga. Six days later they’ll do battle with Fiji at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France, home of the 2013 Junior World Championships.
The Eagles beat Romania 34-3 at the same venue in 2012 during one of their most successful November tours to date, and they're 5-1 all-time against the Oaks. The Eagles haven’t beaten Tonga or Fiji since 1999, when they beat both, and they're 1-5 all-time against the Sea Eagles and 1-4 against the Flying Fijians.
The tour gives the 18th-ranked USA a chance to climb the IRB World Rankings, as No. 16 Romania, No. 13 Tonga and ninth-ranked Samoa all provide upset opportunities.