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World Rugby Test Schedule Set; Eagles Face England, Ireland

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World Rugby Test Schedule Set; Eagles Face England, Ireland

The USA last played Ireland in Ireland in 2018. Colleen McCloskey photo.

Glendale, Colo. – Nearly two years since they last assembled, the USA Men’s 15s National Team have confirmed two away tests against World Rugby No. 3 England on July 3 and No. 4 Ireland on July 10.

The matches will be played at Twickenham and Aviva Stadium, respectively, with KO times, broadcast details and spectator information to be confirmed.

Ranked No. 16, the Eagles are set for a sprint to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, having not assembled in-person since 2019 in Japan. Head Coach Gary Gold and staff have spent the past year tracking players, leading remote programming and identifying new talent. It's very likely we will see a different USA team from the one that suited up for the World Cup games in Japan.

After their July tests, the USA men will look ahead to Rugby World Cup qualification matches against Canada and a South American side. Fall test matches should follow suit with all details to be determined in the coming months.  The South American bracket of the Americas RWC qualifying will kick off during July.

“We could not be more anxious to assemble again as a squad after what has been a long two years since Japan," said USA Head Coach Gary Gold. "We have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for Rugby World Cup qualification later this year and it is absolutely vital that we maximize on the limited time we have in this cycle.

“These two fixtures against England and Ireland deliver the quality of competition we need to measure where we are after such a long gap and what we need to rebuild heading into France in 2023.”

The rest of the world is also ramping up international competition. Below is the international 

Summer 2021 Test Matches and Non-Test Internationals
DATE COMPETITION MATCH VENUE
May-29 Rugby Europe playoff * Belgium v Netherlands  
Jun-26 British and Irish Lions tour British and Irish Lions v Japan BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Jun-26 Rugby Europe 2021 / RWC 2023 qualifier Georgia v Belgium/Netherlands  
Jun-26 Pre-RWC 2023 qualification - South America Brazil v Paraguay  
Jul-3 British and Irish Lions tour DHL Stormers v British and Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Jul-3 July international South Africa v Georgia  
Jul-3 July international Ireland v Japan Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Jul-3 July international Wales v Canada Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Jul-3 Rugby Europe 2021 / RWC 2023 qualifier Spain v Russia Estadio El Pantano, Villajoyosa
Jul-3 Pre-RWC 2023 qualification - South America Chile v Colombia  
Jul-3 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Namibia v Ivory Coast  
Jul-3 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Kenya v Senegal  
Jul-4 July international England v USA Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham
Jul-7 British and Irish Lions tour SA Invitation XV v British and Irish Lions Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Jul-7 July international Australia v France Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Jul-7 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Ivory Coast v Madagascar  
Jul-7 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Senegal v Zambia  
Jul-10 British and Irish Lions tour Cell C Sharks v British and Irish Lions Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Jul-10 July international New Zealand v Fiji  
Jul-10 July international South Africa v Georgia  
Jul-10 RWC 2023 qualifier - Oceania 1, leg 1 Samoa v Tonga  
Jul-10 July international England v Canada Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham
Jul-10 July international Romania v Scotland Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Jul-10 July international Ireland v USA Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Jul-10 July international Wales v Argentina Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Jul-10 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Repechage RAC winner v Tunisia  
Jul-10 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Uganda v Ghana  
Jul-11 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Namibia v Madagascar  
Jul-11 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Zambia v Kenya  
Jul-11 July international Uruguay v Argentina XV Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Jul-11 RWC 2023 qualifier - Americas 1 SA M1 Brazil/Paraguay v Chile/Colombia Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Jul-13 July international Australia v France AAMI Park, Melbourne
Jul-14 British and Irish Lions tour South Africa A v British and Irish Lions Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Jul-14 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Ghana v Algeria  
Jul-14 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Repechage RAC winner v Zimbabwe  
Jul-17 British and Irish Lions tour Vodacom Bulls v British and Irish Lions Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Jul-17 July international New Zealand v Fiji  
Jul-17 July international Australia v France Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Jul-17 RWC 2023 qualifier - Americas 1 SA M1 Uruguay v Brazil/Paraguay Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Jul-17 RWC 2023 qualifier - Oceania 1, leg 2 Tonga v Samoa  
Jul-17 July international Georgia v Scotland  
Jul-17 July international Wales v Argentina Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Jul-17 Rugby Europe 2021 / RWC 2023 qualifier Russia v Portugal Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Jul-18 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Uganda v Algeria  
Jul-18 Rugby Africa Cup / RWC 2023 qualifier Tunisia v Zimbabwe  
Jul-24 British and Irish Lions tour South Africa v British and Irish Lions FNB National Stadium, Soweto
Jul-24 RWC 2023 qualifier - Americas 1 SA M1 Uruguay v Chile/Colombia Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Jul-31 British and Irish Lions tour South Africa v British and Irish Lions Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Aug-7 British and Irish Lions tour South Africa v British and Irish Lions Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg