LAFAYETTE, CO. – The U.S. Men’s National Team (15s) will face Romania in Bucharest as part of their 2018 November schedule, USA Rugby confirmed today. Taking place on Nov. 17, the matchup will be the first time the Eagles and Romanians have met in more than two years.
Following their opening match in Chicago against the Maori All Blacks on Nov. 3 — part of The Rugby Weekend triple-header — the Eagles will travel to Europe for their first Fall test with an opponent to be announced later; after which they’ll face Romania and close out their tour with No. 2 Ireland on Nov. 24.
Romania are currently ranked No. 17 in the world, two positions below the USA. Last time both met, the United States were overcome by a 10-23 Romanian victory, also in Bucharest. Despite the loss, the Men’s Eagles still sit on the better side of a 3-2 overall record with their opponent and look ahead to a challenging battle as preparation for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 remains well underway.
“Our schedule for November is a demanding one with an opening match against a New Zealand Maori team made up of campaign-hardened Super Rugby players and three away test matches; the last being against Ireland, the 2nd ranked team in the world,” said Dave Hodges, General Manager of Men’s 15s Programs. “We welcome this challenge as we strive to improve our performance heading into a World Cup year.”
A kick time and match venue for the Eagles’ contest with Romania will be confirmed closer to date. Tickets to see the Men’s National Team face the Maori All Blacks at Soldier Field on Nov. 3 are available now at therugbyweekend.com. The match will also be live streamed through FloRugby with broadcast information for the Romania and Ireland games confirmed closer to date.
Men’s National Team 2018 November Schedule
Sat, Nov. 17 | Time TBA
Venue TBA, Bucharest, ROU
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE