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Canada-USA, Olympic Qualifier - The 58th rugby contest between Canada and the USA will take place Saturday, July 1 at Torero Stadium at San Diego University, which has a 6,000-seat capacity. The winner of this match will qualify for the Americas 1 place in the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup The Canadians lead the series by a wide margin: 38-17-2. However, in the past six games, the Eagles are 5-0-1.
The game can be viewed on The Rugby Channel for subscribers. Kick-off is 3 p.m. (PT) Seats start at $20.00 for End Zone viewing up to $65.00 for Midfield Reserved seats.
A bonus will be a match between the USA Women team versus the WPL All-Stars following the Can-Am game, and it is estimated to start at 5:30 p.m. (PT).
The Eagles and Canada drew 28-28 in the first game last week in Hamilton. The loser will have to qualify via a two-game series against a South American fifteen, probably, Uruguay for the Americas 2 RWC spot.
The match will mark the end of the career of captain Todd Clever who retires after 76 caps.
Of note, Sevens ace Madison Hughes will start at fullback.
Lions vs. All Blacks - Saturday, July 1, in Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, the British and Irish Lions will play the second Test on the visitor's tour. The Lions stand 4-3-1 so far on the tour, the tie coming last Tuesday against the Hurricanes in the same stadium. Lions' coach Warren Gatland made some changes to shore up a mediocre defense. The All Blacks won 31-15 in the first match at Eden Park Stadium, Auckland.
Pro 12 Adds Two South African Teams - The Pro 12 League - Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy - will welcome two pro South African fifteens in September 2017, increasing the league to fourteen sides. New additions are the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein and the Southern Kings from Port Elizabeth. The two teams will exit the Super Rugby League in South Africa to play exclusively in the northern hemisphere championship. Super Rugby will reduce to 15 teams. The expansion may be the precursor to the addition of two North American teams in 2018. Cities like Toronto and Houston have been discussed as possible sites to represent the continent in the future Pro 12 global extension.