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The second summer test for Team USA has been solidified, as the Eagles will host Georgia at Fifth Third Bank Stadium June 17 in Kennesaw, Ga. This tilt comes a week after the previously announced test with Ireland June 10 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Eagles will also play a home-and-home series with Canada as part of Rugby World Cup qualifications, though the dates and venues for those games have not yet been revealed.
This will be the men's senior national team's second appearance at Fifth Third, having played against Uruguay to a near sellout crowd in 2014. The stadium seats just under 10,000.
"We are excited to come back to Atlanta and look forward to the support of all of the fans in the southeast as we take on a formidable international opponent in the Georgia Lelos," USA Men's Eagles General Manager Dave Hodges said in a press release.
"The award-winning field at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University will provide a first-rate surface for the match and should facilitate an exciting event for the fans. We eagerly await the challenge of the Lelos and relish the physical nature of the encounter that is USA versus Georgia."
The Eagles are 3-1 all time against Georgia, with the last meeting being a 25-23 American victory in Rustavi, Georgia. The 12th-ranked Lelos are backed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili. They just finished second in the Six Nations' B competition, falling 8-7 to Romania in the decider, and are enjoying an impressive upward trajectory. Georgia and Ireland will make June a challenging month for the Eagles.
"We are looking forward to the new challenges of our Summer Series schedule, playing the likes of Ireland - who've beaten both the All Blacks and England - and Georgia, who have deservedly earned 12th place in the world, reaping the benefits of a centralized system," Mitchell said. "Their strengths rely heavily around their scrum, and we have also grown significantly in that area of the game.
"We feel these two teams will help us prepare for all of the game dimensions that will come our way in Rugby World Cup Qualifiers. We will be striving for excellent performances against them that will dictate and lay a building platform for our RWC Qualifiers against Canada later in the month of June."