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Rugby League International: Kiwis vs. England in Denver – June 23 Denver’s Mile High Stadium (NFL Broncos) welcomes the New Zealand and England’s Rugby League XIIIs. First North American League match in 18-years. The Kiwis are ranked second, and England third. In sixteen previous encounters, New Zealand lead 9-6-1. Gates open at noon. Haka at 2:05 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $109. Broadcast via BBC 2 back to the UK at 9:10 p.m. GMT.
USA v. Canada, Nova Scotia – This Saturday, June 23, the Eagles travel to Halifax, to meet the Canadians. The game will be played at Wanderers Ground, starting at 3 p.m. ET and streamed on FloRugby. In the past two years, starting in February 2017, the Canadians are 4-14-1 in 19 matches. Three of those wins came against South American sides (Brazil and two from Chile). The fourth was a victory against Spain. The Eagles have beaten this long-time rival three in a row with one draw in the past two years. USA are ranked 15th and Canada 22nd.
International Test Matches – The action concludes for four international tour Tests. Foremost is the third match away for England versus South Africa. The Red Roses are on a downward spiral, having lost five Tests in a row, and the first two against the Springboks. Could a resurgent South Africa be seeking revenge against England for the latter’s vote to award France the 2023 World Cup after South Africa won the preliminary vote?
New Zealand seek their third home win against visiting France. Australia and Ireland are tied one win each in the Irish tour of Down Under. Can Scotland rebound away versus Argentina after their surprising loss to the USA?
Mark Griffin Joins USA Rugby - Mark Griffin, the CEO of the successful Play Rugby, will join USA RUGBY as its Commercial Director. Play Rugby exists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City teaching flag rugby to girls and boys. Good luck to him in this important job.