BOULDER, Colo. – The Men’s Eagles will take on Russia for the sixth time in 10 years Nov. 23 at Allianz Park in London, home of Aviva Premiership’s Saracens Football Club.
The match-up will be the Eagles’ final of 2013 following the New Zealand Maori All Blacks’ visit to PPL Park in Philadelphia Nov. 9 and a trip to Tbilisi for a match against Georgia Nov. 16.
“We enjoy playing Russia in what has become a traditional rivalry between our two countries,” USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville said. “From here in the United States to New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup, we know to expect a high level of competitiveness from Russia on the pitch.”
The Eagles defeated Russia 40-26 most recently in Colwyn Bay, Wales, last November. Chris Wyles, currently with Saracens, scored 15 points that night with a try and five conversions. Wyles also scored eight points against Russia in their only win at the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup.
“USA vs. Russia fixtures in any sport are spectacular events,” Rugby Union of Russia Vice President Howard Thomas said. “Rugby between our two countries caught the imagination of the rugby world during the RWC 2011 in New Zealand, and we expect another tight and intense match.”
Since 1977, the Eagles have played 10 matches in England, with the only win coming against Russia in the 2011 Churchill Cup.
“Allianz Park is becoming renowned as a wonderful place to watch and play rugby, and we look forward to staging what will be the first full international match at our home in north London,” Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray said.
“We are excited to bring the Eagles to Allianz Park and would like to thank Saracens for hosting us,” Melville said. “With some of our best internationals like Chris Wyles, Samu Manoa and Blaine Scully currently playing in the Aviva Premiership, I believe it is important to showcase our game in the home of rugby.”
The 2013 schedule for the Eagles has been the busiest in recent memory. Tier One nation Ireland drew a sold-out crowd in Houston in June, while Canada, Tonga, Japan, and Fiji welcomed the Eagles to the new-look IRB Pacific Nations Cup. Canada also defeated the Eagles twice in a 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier, forcing another two-leg series with Uruguay in 2014.
Tickets for the Nov. 23 match start at £10 for adults and are available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.