American Rugby fans can watch live online as the USA Eagles face a stern challenge when they take on the visiting Australia Wallabies in an international match at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday — the final tune up for both countries before they each depart for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, opening September 18.
Australia, a sports-crazy country where rugby — along with Australian Rules Football, cricket and soccer — is one of the public’s favorite spectator sports, is a traditional powerhouse in international rugby competition. The Wallabies, as the national team is called, won the World Cup in both 1991 and 1999. They once won 12 straight World Cup matches.
For the United States, where rugby is a fringe sport at best, the prospects of winning the Chicago showdown seem remote. Nonetheless, the Australia side presents a solid yardstick against which the USA team can measure its abilities heading into the sports biggest tournament less than two weeks later.
To find out how to watch the USA Eagles vs. Australia Wallabies international rugby match live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 4:30 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, September 5.
The USA faced the English club team Harelquins last week in Philadelphia, putting up a fight but ultimately falling by a 24-19 score.
The two countries have met in international rugby just eight times since 1912, with the Australia side winning every match. Only two of the contests have taken place on USA turf, however, and none since 1976.
Nonetheless, the Wallabies — who have been practicing for the match at Notre Dame University in Indiana, where they have been sharing facilities with the Notre Dame football team, are expecting a spirited contest from the Americans.
“They are going to be pretty pumped for this game,” said fill-in Australia Captain James Slipper, in an interview at Notre Dame. “I am expecting a very, very physical and quick open to the game.”
To watch the USA Eagles vs. Australia Wallabies international rugby match live online — the final tune-up for both teams before the start of the Rugby World Cup in two weeks — use the live stream provided by NBC Sports Live Extra at this link, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the week two match on mobile devices.
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