USA Rugby confirms Men's National Team to face Romania in Bucharest

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 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

The Rugby Weekend
vs Maori All Blacks
Sat, Nov. 3 | 6 PM Central Time 
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
LIVE on FloRugby

vs Romania
Sat, Nov. 17 | Time TBA
Venue TBA, Bucharest, ROU

vs Ireland
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM Eastern Time 
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE

World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Match Schedule Announced

World Rugby has announced the dates and match schedule for the upcoming Americas Pacific Challenge 2018, which will be hosted for the third year in a row by Unión de Rugby del Uruguay, in Montevideo from October 6-14.

The Americas Pacific Challenge was introduced in 2016 to boost the high-performance pathway for the test arena and to support the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation.

The six “A” team tournament includes two teams each from the Pacific Islands, North America and South America.

This year’s tournament sees reigning champions Argentina XV compete alongside Canada A, Samoa A, Tonga A, Uruguay A and USA Selects.

The World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge will be a first-past-the-post tournament format, played across three competition rounds on 6, 10 and 14 October. Teams in Pool A will play all teams in Pool B once, and teams in Pool B will face all teams in Pool A once. The tournament winner will be decided by the total number of competition points accumulated in the three matches played.

Pool A consists of Argentina XV, hosts Uruguay A and Tonga A, while 2017 runners-up USA Selects are in Group B with Samoa A and Canada A.

Agustín Pichot, World Rugby Vice Chairman and Rugby Americas President said: “Established as part of World Rugby’s strategy to enhance the performance pathway for tier-two teams, the Americas Pacific Challenge has afforded teams and emerging talent with additional quality and competitive playing opportunities in a structured tournament environment.

“With Rugby World Cup 2019 on the horizon the Americas Pacific Challenge continues to play a key role in supporting player development pathways. We are looking forward to watching the six nations as they compete for the APC title.”

Unión de Rugby del Uruguay President Pablo Ferrari said: “It is an honor for our Union and Uruguayan rugby to be hosting this World Rugby tournament for a third time, generating competition for our elite players and giving our country prestige. As in previous tournaments we have the support of the Sports Secretary, the Tourism Ministry and our sponsors, who we thank.”

“The World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge is a very tough tournament that will allow us to work on our players ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 in a key moment ahead of Japan. We want to thank World Rugby for trusting us once again and, as always, we will ensure that it is a tournament that fulfills the expectations of players and public. They will all be welcomed.”

Lautaro Bavaro, Argentina XV captain is looking forward to the competition: “The Americas Pacific Challenge is a tournament that we enjoy playing. We managed to win it last year, but it was certainly not easy. Going to Montevideo will offer Argentina XV another opportunity to get together as a team and continue having opportunities to showcase our abilities. Each game, each tournament, each moment together we take as an opportunity.”

Dave Hodges, USA Rugby General Manager of Men’s 15s Programs said: “The Americas Pacific Challenge fills an important area in our calendar by providing international competition for our players as we enter one year out from Rugby World Cup Japan 2019. The schedule’s shortened turnaround times will help us do a dry run of our systems which will be under the same challenge when we play Tonga on a short week during Rugby World Cup.”

World Rugby also confirmed the four referees for the tournament. Uruguayan Joaquín Montes will referee in his third American Pacific Challenge with Derek Summers (USA), Shuhei Kubo (Japan) and Pablo Deluca from Argentina.

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World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 fixtures:

Saturday, October 6th 2018 (all times local)
11:00 – Argentina XV v Samoa A
13:30 – Tonga A v USA Selects
16:00 – Uruguay XV v Canada A

Wednesday, October 10th 2018
11:00 – Tonga A v Samoa A
13:30 – Argentina XV v Canada A
16:00 – Uruguay XV v USA Selects

Sunday, October 14th 2018
11:00 – Tonga A v Canada A
13:30 – Argentina XV v USA Selects
16:00 – Uruguay A v Samoa A

Results Regarding Men's National Team Player Aaron Davis

LAFAYETTE, CO. – On November 27, 2017, Men’s Eagle Aaron Davis was found in violation of World Rugby Regulation 21 Anti-Doping Policy.

Davis was tested in January 2017 under Out of Competition Doping Control carried out by USADA on behalf of World Rugby. Following an appeals process, the Post Hearing Review Body (PHRB) has upheld the original decision which renders Davis ineligible for a period of four years beginning March 17, 2017 (when he was notified of his results) and ending March 17, 2021.

USA Rugby fully supports Regulation 21 and the Keep Rugby Clean initiative. Maintaining fair and clean competition is critical to uphold the integrity of the sport and promote its growth worldwide.

For more information on Regulation 21 and Keep Rugby Clean, click here. The full PHRB decision may be viewed here.

Search narrows for next Men's Eagles Head Coach

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The search for the Men’s Eagles head coach has reached the next phase, with a shortlist of candidates expected to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

Eagles General Manager Dave Hodges, former Men’s Eagles Sevens coach and current National Teams and Performance General Manager Alex Magleby, and retired Eagle Chris Wyles make up the review team for the hiring process, all the while keeping CEO Dan Payne abreast with updates. The trio has sifted through an extensive set of applications for the lead position of the team that holds the Americas 1 spot at Rugby World Cup 2019, for which applications are now no longer being accepted.

More than 100 athletes have represented the U.S. in senior international competition during the two most recent head coaches as the National Team has accumulated a 19-29-2 record in five years. In addition to the responsibilities with the Eagles, the head coach is also being charged with assisting the mentoring and development of coaching skills and techniques for coaches throughout the country, liaising with academies and coaches to improve the standard of rugby in the United States, and serve as an ambassador for USA Rugby and its affiliates, among other duties.

“We’re extremely impressed with the shortlist of candidates we’re currently interviewing, and are confident that the new head coach will not only immerse himself in the Men’s National Team, but the American rugby community as a whole,” Hodges said of the search.

The prospective head coach will be working with Hodges in aspects related to program budget and resources, communication, logistics and, alongside Magleby, in the identification and development of players within the High Performance Pathway throughout his or her tenure. As a former Eagle that has participated in 54 tests under five head coaches, including three Rugby World Cup appearances, Wyles can provide extra comprehension of the role for candidates. The three are working to conduct interviews and reach a final decision well before the USA Selects assemble for the second annual Americas Pacific Challenge.

No further updates on the hiring process will be provided prior to the announcement of a head coach.

Rugby Community Spotlight: Stewart Morris

Rugby Beginnings

Fifty years ago, Stewart Morris was introduced to rugby and he hasn’t looked back since. After first taking the pitch at the University of Virginia his freshman year, Morris soon transferred to Rice University in Houston, Texas. At the time, there were only two rugby clubs in the state, but Morris knew there were enough athletes at the college to start their own team. Together with a friend from England, Morris began making posters and spreading the word. “We walked around and just talked to guys who looked like athletes. We didn’t really have any support. No field, no money, no alumni, no history. Starting a club is tough,” remembers Morris. But their experiment was successful, and much to Morris’s surprise, 43 men showed up to their first practice. “Because we had a good coach and good athletes, we did quite well. Rice has a high level of scholastics, and we harnessed that. When we played teams who were bigger than us, we outsmarted them,” says Morris. “We created something. It’s a great memory. I’m blessed with that history.”

After college, Morris’s passion for the game continued to thrive, and he went on to play for several club teams including the Austin Blacks, Aspen RFC and Houston RFC. He was even featured on the seventh annual Aspen Ruggerfest’s promotional poster in 1974!

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Stewart Morris, featured on the Aspen Ruggerfest promotional poster, 1974.

Later, he played “old boy” rugby for Old Tin Can/Texas XXXs. Unfortunately, after a horse driving accident at the age of 45, Morris had to slow down on his playing, but that didn’t stop him from being involved in the game. Morris took an active role on the Rice University rugby alumni board, helping the team to establish forward-thinking and sustainable funding practices. Beyond financial planning and contribution, the Morris family has also hosted a barbeque for the Rice club for the past 18 years, giving new players to the team the opportunity to be welcomed into the rugby family. Captains, coaches and the alumni board president all speak at the event, sharing the lessons they learned while playing for Rice. Morris explains, “Alumni get to talk about their experience with rugby, and that’s where the younger players figure out that rugby is more than a game. You’re here playing at Rice, but you’re really forming lifetime relationships. You’re involved in a great community. You think about where you’re going in life, and you know rugby will be part of it. That’s the most appreciated part of the event.” Last year, the Morris family played host to more than 100 people at the event.

National Support

The Morris family not only supports the development of rugby locally, but they also show their pride for the national team by welcoming the Eagles into their home. “When the Eagles come to town in the past, we’ve hosted a barbeque at for them,” says Morris. “Local supporters of USA Rugby and many members of Rugby Texas come out to join us. The focal point is the Eagles – it’s a very relaxed environment. We have a friend who has a longhorn you can ride, we bring in armadillos, pigs, goats, chickens, horses…it’s a lot of fun.”

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Prior to the USA v. Scotland match in 2014, USA Rugby players, staff and fans enjoyed a photo op with Rookie the Eagle and this giant longhorn at the Morris family home.

A Family Affair

While Stewart Morris’s playing days are now behind him, he has passed the rugby torch to his son, Stewart Morris, Jr. III – also known as SM3. SM3 first started playing rugby at the age of six, and his father began coaching and refereeing for the local Katy Rugby Club youth teams. With SM3 now a sophomore at Baylor University, Morris is proud to support his son and the Baylor team on the pitch. His wife Joy and two daughters, Faith and Grace, travel to Waco to watch nearly every home match. Morris now enjoys supporting not his own alma mater’s rugby club, but Baylor’s, too.

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Stewart Morris (SMJ, right) and son Stewart Morris (SM3, left) on the side of the Baylor rugby field, 2016. SM3 has followed in his father’s footsteps, also playing #12.

Looking Forward

Now in his 50th year of involvement with the game, Morris is excited to see what the future of American rugby has in store. One thing is for sure, he knows the future is bright. “Rugby is a game for players of all sizes,” he explains. “You can be little or big and you can play. As long as you have skills, speed and knowledge of the game, a small team can play a big team and beat them.” He also sees progress in both the safety of the game: “One of the great things – and USA Rugby has a lot to do with this – is the focus on safety. Rugby is viewed by parents quite often as a ‘hooligan’ game, as dangerous. But there are fewer concussions and neck injuries than in other sports. Part of this has to do with the tradition of being gentleman on the field. The success of rugby hinges on safety and on the character of the people playing.” In addition, Morris is passionate about growing rugby at the youth level. “Youth rugby is really the future,” he explains. “Learning to handle and move the ball is the most important part. It’s the basic things that really make good rugby players. If we focus on youth rugby now, we’ll see more experienced players by the time they get to college and beyond.

Of course, an integral part of moving the game forward is preserving its roots. Morris understands that promoting traditions is an important part of recruiting new players. To that end, he enjoys remaining actively involved with the Rice University rugby club, the club he started 49 years ago. In fact, he still gets together with “The Originals” – some of the former Rice players from the first four years of the club’s existence – to share their passion for the game with current players. “We’ve made shirts, we attend matches together, and we play in the annual Alumni Match. Two years ago, four of The Originals were on the field at the same time playing against current players,” he says. “Having alumni support the players is important. It strengthens the game because even though it’s not completely institutionalized by the university, alumni can fill that space with support.”

Zack Test progressing in recovery

USA Rugby is pleased to announce that Men’s Eagle Zack Test has been released from San Antonio Military Medical Center. He will now begin a round of rehabilitation in San Antonio over the next week to ten days before returning to California.

“We are truly fortunate to have one of our own out of the hospital and recovering,” said USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. “This is great news for the Test family, and our entire rugby community.”

Scully Flies High in San Antonio and Beyond

As the clock ticked down on round 1 of Americas Rugby Championship last Saturday, Blaine Scully sealed a win for USA with his game-winning try against Uruguay. This summer will mark Scully’s sixth year playing for the Eagles, and after all this time, his passion for the game is still contagious. Certainly, Scully is one of the most exciting Eagles to watch – and now, if you make a gift to the Men’s National Team during the month of February, you will receive a signed photo of him. Read on to learn more about the Eagles captain.

To represent your country in any sport at the international level takes great dedication, determination and sacrifice. Blaine Scully knows this all too well, but in his eyes, it’s worth it. “Personally, it does not get better than representing the United States,” Scully says. “Receiving the jersey, running out behind the flag and listening to the national anthem are always such proud moments. It’s a true honor to share that with teammates.”

Scully was first introduced to rugby by a high school friend during his freshman year of college at the University of California, Los Angeles. His connection to the sport was immediate: “I knew this was the sport I was meant to play,” he says. After his first year at UCLA, he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley. He explains, “Here, I was not only able to obtain my degree, but immerse myself as a student of the game.” A four-time Collegiate All-American, Scully attributes much of his success in both rugby and his personal life to two very influential individuals who guided him, Coach Tom Billups and Coach Jack Clark. As many ruggers know, your coaches and teammates cannot only help transform you as a rugby player, but can also shape your life outside of rugby. Scully can attest to this, and he recognizes the impact his collegiate rugby coaches had on his life well-beyond college. “I am grateful to the personal contribution of these two men and their continued support and mentorship,” Scully expressed.

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In 2009, Scully made his Eagles Sevens debut and had an appearance for the Eagles XVs squad against the England Saxons in 2010, but his first full international cap was earned at the Churchill Cup in 2011. He recalls, “I remember receiving my jersey and being filled with a combination of excitement, emotion and nerves – this was the culmination of what I had been working towards for years. The night before the Test, I remember Dave Hodges (who now serves as Eagles General Manager) giving me a few words of advice that I have carried since that day, ‘The honor is not in the selection, but in the performance.’ Coming in at half-time, I was more fatigued and out of breath than I had ever been in my life. My body was shocked by the speed and intensity of test match rugby. We ended up holding on for the victory and I was presented with my cap that evening. All in all, a pretty special day.”

Since that first international cap, Scully has accepted numerous opportunities to develop his skills, both in the United States and internationally. Though Scully also plays rugby professionally abroad for the Cardiff Blues, 80 percent of the Men’s National Team are amateur athletes. This number playing professionally is at an all-time high due to the improved domestic development and training of American ruggers in the past few years, thanks in part to support from donors like you. Because our national team players are amateur athletes, they rely heavily on philanthropic funding and donations from the rugby community to support their training and travel expenses. Most athletes, including Scully, hold jobs outside of rugby in addition to their hectic training schedules to support themselves and their families.

With added support from the community, Scully sees great opportunity for rugby in the United States. “We are in the midst of a defining period where we have exciting growth potential and have experienced momentum. Now it will be about channeling that growth in an aligned direction,” he says. He also recognizes the important role donors play in achieving this potential when they make a contribution to USA Rugby Trust: “The first thing to say to donors is thank you. I know I speak for the team when I say that we are all so appreciative of their contribution and support. The continued generosity of our donors makes it possible for us to compete at the highest level. They are an essential part of growing the game in the United States!”

Outside of rugby, he says his first and foremost goal is to be a good husband to his wife Shannon. It is clear that Scully’s family means the world to him. He explains, “My family has been incredibly supportive of my athletic career. I would not have been able to do any of the things I have been fortunate enough to do without their unending support. I definitely think my mom was holding her breath when I started playing, but like most of us, she has fallen in love with the great game as well!”

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Though it’s often difficult for Scully to balance his rugby career, home life and professional life – he works with the United States Rugby Players Association and a video technology startup company called vLoop in addition to his hectic rugby schedule. – Ultimately, he is focused on getting the most out of his experiences. Despite the hard work and sacrifices associated with being an athlete, he remains passionate about the game, and especially about playing for the Eagles: “The challenge of a test match is truly special and unique. Competition in that form is the pinnacle of sport. I am grateful for each opportunity I get to compete.”

Zack Test injury update

SAN ANTONIO – USA Eagle Zack Test sustained a head injury in Saturday’s men’s national team match against Uruguay in the opening round of the Americas Rugby Championship. He was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Zack underwent successful surgery and is currently in stable condition. He will be monitored in the hospital for the next several days.

USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “Our thoughts are with the Test family during this time. I’m certain, in true Zack form, he will face this adversity with all his power. The same way he plays the game, lives his life and represents our country.”

Zack’s family was with him in San Antonio for the match and are by his side.

Starting XV named for Selects' final match on Tour

SALTA, Argentina – The USA Rugby Selects will finish their South American Tour against Argentina Jaguars Saturday, May 2, at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena.

Following a 13-3 victory against Uruguay in Montevideo April 23, the Selects found conditions difficult against the Jaguars in Salta Tuesday, April 28, in a 54-6 defeat. AJ MacGinty, starting at fly half for the second consecutive match, leads the team in scoring on Tour with 11 points, including all six in the match in Argentina.

Having not been named to the starting XV or bench earlier in the week, Olive Kilifi returns to the squad at loose head prop in place of Angus MacLellan, who suffered an ACL injury Tuesday. Zach Fenoglio also regains his spot in the front row between Kilifi and Chris Baumann.

Al McFarland moves from eight man to blind side flanker for Saturday’s match, with John Quill and Matt Trouville also providing strength at the back of the scrum. Louis Stanfill and his 51 international caps will provide senior leadership in the forwards with John Cullen alongside him in the second row.

Seamus Kelly will captain the side for the second time on Tour from the outside center position, while Ronald McLean will start at inside center, his third position played in as many matches. Troy Hall will provide cover for the backs at full back, with Tim Stanfill and Zach Pangelinan patrolling the wings.

MacGinty and Shalom Suniula will hope to find the continuity of an international half back pairing after having played together Tuesday against the Jaguars, though Tolkin expressed his and the players’ disappointment with the amount of opportunities awarded to Argentina and the lack of aggression on offense.

Kickoff at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET Saturday. Broadcast details in the U.S. have not yet been finalized.

USA Rugby Selects | v. Argentina
1. Olive Kilifi
2. Zach Fenoglio
3. Chris Baumann
4. Louis Stanfill
5. John Cullen
6. Al McFarland
7. John Quill
8. Matt Trouville
9. Shalom Suniula
10. AJ MacGinty
11. Tim Stanfill
12. Ronald McLean
13. Seamus Kelly (C)
14. Zach Pangelinan
15. Troy Hall

USA Rugby Selects | Reserves
16. Phil Thiel
17. Mike Shepherd
18. Nick Wallace
19. Ben Landry
20. Nicholas Barrett
21. Niku Kruger
22. Lemoto Filikitonga
23. Colton Cariaga

Argentina | v. USA Rugby Selects
1. Lucas Noguera Paz
2. Santiago Iglesias Valdez
3. Matías Díaz
4. Guido Petti Pagadizabal
5. Matías Alemanno
6. Tomás Lezana
7. Javier Ortega Desio
8. Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
9. Martín Landajo (C)
10. Santiago Iglesias Valdez
11. Manuel Montero
12. Gabriel Ascárate
13. Matías Moroni
14. Matías Orlando
15. Ramiro Moyano

Argentina | Reserves
16. Matías Cortese
17. Bruno Postiglioni
18. Roberto Tejerizo
19. Facundo Isa
20. Pablo Matera
21. Tomás Cubelli
22. Bautista Ezcurra
23. Jerónimo De la Fuente

USA Rugby Selects | Coaching Staff
Mike Tolkin – Head Coach
Justin Fitzpatrick – Assistant Coach (Forwards)
Nate Osborne – Assistant Coach (Backs/Attack)
Phil Bailey – Assistant Coach (Defense)
David Williams – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chris O’Brien – Assistant Coach (Video Analysis)
Richard Quincy – Physiotherapist
Zach Vyhnanek – Physiotherapist
Sarah Sall – Massage Therapist
Sam Akhavan – Doctor
Tristan Lewis – Team Manager

USA Rugby Selects | South American Tour
v Uruguay – W 13-3
v Argentina Jaguars – L 54-6
v Argentina Jaguars – Saturday, May 2 – Salta

Philadelphia's Other Eagles Returning to PPL Park

Tickets for the event will go on sale starting Monday, May 4, at 10 am ET. Tickets will be made available through ComcastTix starting at just $18! Discounts are available for those who sign up for pre-sale via the PPL Park Cyber Club or purchase for groups of 20+. To purchase group tickets of 20+, call 215-389-9543!

Chester, Pa. – USA Rugby is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love. The Men’s Eagles will make their return to PPL Park to take on Harlequin F.C. on Sunday, August 30. The world-renowned Harlequins, who play in the top-level of English rugby, the Aviva Premiership, will be making their first trip to Philadelphia in the team’s history.

Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin is especially excited about returning to PPL Park, as he knows just how raucous it can be for rugby. “Philadelphia is a fantastic sports city,” said Tolkin, “[PPL Park] provided an outstanding venue in 2013 when we played the Maori All Blacks. The stadium was full and the fans were loud and very supportive, which gave a huge boost to the team.”

The Men’s Eagles last played at PPL Park in 2013 in front of a sold-out, standing room only crowd. The match between the Men’s Eagles and Maori All Blacks was the largest non-Union event in stadium history.

When asked why USA Rugby would be returning to Philadelphia, USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville reiterated how important the area’s love for rugby is to the growth of the game. “This is truly a rugby hotbed,” said Melville. “We had a sold-out stadium full of spirited fans that wanted to see their Eagles take flight. Philadelphia loves their rugby, and we’re excited to be back.”

Harlequins Chief Executive David Ellis added: “We have been working on this with USA Rugby for some time and everyone at the Club is hugely excited about the tour to Philadelphia and this ground-breaking fixture with the USA.

“Harlequins is a globally recognized club and this match will help drive our global ambitions. Rugby in the USA is a sleeping giant and we are looking forward to being a part of this unique occasion as we begin to help develop the sport in America.”

The match date also has major significance. Not only will the Men’s Eagles be playing on the same weekend as USA Rugby’s 40th anniversary, but it may also be the last U.S. appearance for the Eagles prior to their departure for the Rugby World Cup. “Harlequins represent one of the best known and strongest clubs in the Premiership in England and the world,” said Tolkin, “so the match in August will provide a formidable challenge to our side just before the Rugby World Cup.”

The Men’s Eagles qualified for the Rugby World Cup after defeating Uruguay in a March qualifying match. Their first match in the Rugby World Cup will be against Samoa on September 20, 2015 in Brighton, England.

Harlequins will be making their first trip back to the United States since the 1980s. Known as “Quins” to their loyal supporters, the club has had incredible success in recent years. After winning the European Challenge Cup in 2011, Harlequins went on to secure their first Aviva Premiership title in 2012 and then the LV= Cup in 2013.

DHL, the Official Presenting Sponsor of USA Rugby, will also be the title sponsor of the event. “DHL is thrilled to help bring top-tier rugby to Philadelphia and sponsor this exciting match. We’re the official express logistics providers for the both the Eagles and Harlequins because both of these first-class organizations demonstrate speed, passion and determination – all qualities that resonate very strongly with the DHL brand,” said Greg Hewitt, VP and General Manager of DHL Express. “So while we won’t officially take sides, we know the match is a real win for both DHL and the sport of rugby in Philadelphia and beyond.”

Video broadcast of the event has yet to be finalized.