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 Post subject: NZ All Blacks vs USA Eagles
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:16 am 
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You probably didn't hear about this, but the All Blacks had a match with the Eagles last weekend at Soldiers Field in Chicago. The stadium was totally sold out, at full 61,500 person capacity. For a rugby game inside an NFL stadium. That's pretty impressive considering the previous record for a rugby match inside the US was somewhere around 20,000 for a match.

It's also the first time the All Blacks and Eagles have met since the early 1990s, and it's been around 30 years since the All Blacks last paid America a visit. But that's not important. Just know that your Eagles fought valiantly, with honour and dignity andtheygottotallyslaughtered. :lol: The All Blacks won 74 - 6.

And the commentary? Priceless.

Though the Eagles getting their asses kicked wasn't really the point of it all. The match was already a foregone conclusion considering the sheer gulf in experience and tactics that exists between the All Blacks and Eagles. The whole thing was intended to encourage the growth of rugby in the States, and to give the Eagles an idea of what level they need to play at in order to become truly competitive. Though for the first goal, maybe the All Blacks did more harm than good. :?

With any luck, maybe the Eagles can climb up one day. The All Blacks need fresh competition to keep them on their toes, and it gets boring going up against our traditional competitors all the time.

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