Watch hard-hitting USA rugby live online as the national team, known as The Eagles, faces a formidable foe when they take on Tonga in their final Pacific Nations Cup group stage match in Toronto on Wednesday. With a win and a loss each, the USA and Tonga have equal records through the first two rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup — the last major warm-up before the Rugby World Cup in England this September.
To find out how to watch the USA Eagles vs. Tonga Pacific Nations Cup rugby match live online, use the streaming link provided in the final paragraph of this article. The match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 12:30 Pacific, on Wednesday, July 29, at the 30,000-seat BMO Field in Toronto, Canada.
Tonga is ranked at Number 12 in the world — but the USA is not too far behind, in the Number 16 slot, with only Japan, Georgia, and Italy separating the two Wednesday opponents.
But the USA is coming off an inspirational victory over Japan on Friday — the Eagles first since 2003. Scoring only one try in the game, courtesy of 27-year-old 228-pound hooker Drew Durutalo, the USA relied on six penalty strikes from fly-half A.J. MacGinty to get past the Brave Blossoms.
Nonetheless, with the two teams already drawn into the same group in the upcoming World Cup, the victory gives the USA at least a psychological edge headed into rugby’s biggest competition.
Of course, that edge could be leveled off if the two meet again in the Pacific Nations Cup knockout stage.
The USA, who lost to ninth-raked Samoa in the Pacific Nations opening match, scored the victory over Japan despite dropping their best-known player, veteran Todd Clever, due to what the team called “multiple conduct violations.”
While the non-stop, violent action of rugby seems like it should appeal to United States sports fans, the rules of the game are perhaps confusing to many who might watch the Wednesday match live online. For a quick guide to what you’re watching when you watch rugby, click this link.
To find out how the USA rugby team holds up against higher-ranked Tonga in the third and final Pacific Nations Cup group stage contest for both teams, watch the match live online on ESPN3, the online-only channel in the ESPN network. ESPN3 will stream the USA Eagles vs. Tonga, as well as two other other Pacific Nations Cup rugby matches Wednesday, live online at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of most major internet service providers and many minor ISPs as well. For a full list, check this link.
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