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All Blacks vs. The Eagles
Saturday, November 1
Place: Soldier Field, Chicago
Kickoff: 3 p.m. Central Time
TV: NBC coverage begins at 2:30 Central Time
What are your expectations?
How do you respond when non rugby people ask, “How will the USA do against New Zealand?”
What’s the importance of this game in the United States? The answer to this question is simply that the general and sports viewing audience will see the best rugby team in the world on a major national television network, playing against an American team.
You can explain that rugby is to New Zealand what basketball is to the United States. To embellish this statement, to give a more precise definition, try the All Blacks are to international rugby what the U.S. Olympic basketball team is to international basketball, a historically dominant group of highly trained athletes, competing professionally at the top of their game.
The sold out crowd of 60,000 plus will represent the highest stadium attendance ever for a rugby game in the country. It is also predicted that the television ratings will achieve record rugby viewership.
During the broadcast, viewers will learn of the All Blacks dominance since the sport was first introduced in 1870. They will hear that the New Zealanders are defending Rugby World Cup champions from the team’s victory in 2011. They will also learn that the next World Cup will take place in England, starting next September, and, importantly, the USA is also entered.
The television audience will see the haka performed, most, for the first time. They will be informed of the Maori participation from the beginning of rugby in New Zealand.
The score is unimportant; what matters is the exposure to the nation of the game of rugby.
Kudos to USA Rugby for bringing the All Blacks to the country. Kudos to NBC for broadcasting the game.
Watch live or tape. Exciting!