SAN SEBASTIAN, ESP. – The U.S. Men’s National Team (15s) will open the road leg of their Fall Internationals against No. 16 World Ranked Samoa on Nov. 10 in Spain, USA Rugby confirmed today.
Taking place at Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian, the Men’s Eagles and Samoans will face off for the first time in more than three years. With both teams qualified for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the game could be a foreshadowing of what’s to come in just under one year’s time.
The match kicks off at 1:30 PM ET with broadcast information confirmed closer to date.
Samoa currently sit one position and just over three points below the United States in the World Rugby rankings. Come this November, the two will meet for the first time since the Samoans claimed a 16-25 victory over the Eagles in their last matchup at Rugby World Cup 2015.
While the Samoan side may own wins in all five of their previous contests with the USA, the Men’s Eagles have made considerable strides climbing from their 1-8 record at the end of 2015 to their current 8-0 record two years later. The newfound momentum combined with the historic results will easily make for a boldly contested battle on both sides.
As the United States and Samoa climb deeper into World Cup preparation, the November Internationals will provide a platform for both teams to solidify their position for the road ahead. And, with the Samoan test match now confirmed, the Men’s National Team has finalized their four-game (three at the test level) schedule for the November Internationals 2018.
The Eagles will open at home against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks as part of The Rugby Weekend’s triple-header at Soldier Field on Nov. 3. The event will also feature the return of the Women’s National Team (15s) against the Black Ferns and a contest between Ireland and Italy. Tickets are available at therugbyweekend.com with the game streamed live on FloRugby.
Following the Maori, the U.S. will travel to Europe for their contest with Samoa in San Sebastian on Nov. 10, taking on Romania in Bucharest on Nov. 17 before closing out their schedule against Ireland on Nov. 24.
Broadcast information for the final three road contests will be confirmed closer to date.
Men’s National Team November Internationals 2018
The Rugby Weekend
vs Maori All Blacks
Sat, Nov. 3 | 6 PM CT
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Sat, Nov. 10 | 1:30 PM ET
Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, ESP
Sat, Nov. 17 | Time TBA
Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, ROU
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM ET
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE
*Times subject to change.