Eagles set for StubHub Center return, clash against Japan

Eagles set for StubHub Center return, clash against Japan

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced Monday StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., will host the Men’s Eagles’ IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 P.M. ET.

The premier facility in southern California, StubHub Center is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer and was the site of the Eagles’ PNC clash with Tonga last June.

“StubHub Center is a first-class venue and we are excited to be going back to Carson this year with an important test for our Eagles,” USA Rugby Events Director Jen Gray said. “The support we’ve received from the local market is indicative of the area’s thirst for international rugby.”

The Eagles qualified for IRB Rugby World Cup England 2015 with an aggregate, 59-40, victory against Uruguay last month. The match at StubHub Center in June will serve as a RWC warm up, as the opposition could be in the Eagles’ pool in England with Samoa, Scotland and South Africa.

The Eagles have a 12-1-7 all-time record against Japan, with last year's PNC match at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo the 20th meeting between the two nations. The Eagles last defeated Japan in the IRB Rugby World Cup 2003.

Pre-sale tickets for local rugby clubs will be available April 7-11, with tickets on sale for the general public beginning April 14.

Alongside last year’s match against Tonga, the 30,000-seat stadium also saw the Women’s Eagles complete their three-match series with France in front of a record crowd for women’s test rugby.

Tickets for the Eagles’ first match of the summer against Scotland – June 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas – are still on sale. The Eagles will play two PNC matches on U.S. soil against Japan and Canada, with the date and venue for the second match set to be announced in the next week.

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Comments (6)

  • Guest (Shaquille O'Neal)

    Will USA Rugby bother marketing the match there this year or are they expecting people to just show up like they did for Tonga last year?

  • Guest (Verne Greene)

    In reply to: Guest (Shaquille O'Neal)

    If rugby could fill that stadium, the IRB USA Sevens would still be held there instead of in Las Vegas.

  • Guest (Billy)

    please play on the east coast!

  • Guest (MuckRakerRugby)

    “The support we’ve received from the local market is indicative of the area’s thirst for international rugby.”

    Yep, we saw that support last year. A 1/5 full stadium does not equal support in anyone's book.

    USAR needs to negotiate with the Seattle School District to place goalpost placeholders in the ground at Memorial Field (12,000 cap) and be able to green-paint the grounds and paint proper rugby union. The field probably doesn't pass IRB regs for turf, though.

  • Guest (Walter Sobchak)

    It would be nice if they spread these games around a bit in some proper venues. Salt Lake and Kansas City come to mind

  • Guest (Martin Burke)

    Glad to see the PNC shaping up! The Eagles need a much better showing than last year as a springboard for RWC2015. Go Eagles!