1/23/13 USA Underdogs in the Pacific Nations Cup

The IRB announced yesterday the USA and Canada will join the annual Pacific Nations Cup. Canada is currently ranked 14th in the world and the USA is 16th. The other teams participating are Samoa (7th), Tonga (11th). Fiji (13th), and Japan (15th). This year’s tournament schedule is below. Samoa is not participating this year because they will be touring South Africa.This is great for USA rugby to have a regular competition like the 6 Nations. Interestingly we will be like the Italy of the 6 Nations even though we are the largest nation. Maybe we can hope to pick-off Japan (Scotland) or on a very good day at home Canada (Ireland) but no way will we beat Fiji (Wales), Tonga (France), or Samoa (England). The combined populations of Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa would equal a city about the size of Dallas. The USA will also be playing Ireland on June 8th in Houston and Canada in a world cup qualifier in Atlanta on July 20th.  This begins the USA’s path to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in England. If the USA loses the home and away series with Canada (as they have the last two world cups) then they will face two more qualification possibilities. The first is to beat a South American side which will be Uruguay, Chile, or Brazil in a home-away series. If they lose this the Eagles could qualify by defeating the loser of an African-Asian play-off and then a European play-off.

Go Eagles!! 

IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2013 Schedule

Tournament Draw
Date Team A Team B Venue
Saturday, May 25
Japan v Tonga Japan
Canada v USA Canada
Saturday, June 1
Fiji v Japan Fiji
Wednesday, June 5
Fiji v Canada Canada
Saturday, June 8
Canada v Tonga Canada
Saturday, June 15
USA v Tonga USA
Wednesday, June 19
Japan v Canada Japan
Fiji v USA Japan
Sunday, June 23
Japan v USA Japan
Tonga v Fiji Japan

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