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All Blacks- Eagles Test Has Potential Site

New Zealand All Blacks close to playing in the US
New Zealand All Blacks close to playing in the US
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There has been a great deal of speculation in regards to the Eagles and their potential test match against the All Blacks here in the United States. The latest bit of news arrived from the New Zealand Herald saying that the potential match already has a venue- and it is not Met Life Stadium.

The article stated that the match would be played on November 1 in Chicago's Soldier Field. From a business standpoint this would bring in approximately 40,000 fans and would help USA Rugby obtain a profit as well as be able to offer the New Zealand Rugby Union US$1 million to come to the United States for this historic test match.

This is also a push by New York-based AIG Insurance, since they partnered up with the All Blacks in 2012, to help their sponsored team obtain a closer tie to the United States market. The same goes for AIG looking to push the All Blacks within their Asian clientele as well

The USA Eagles are now in the preparation phase for their participation next year in the Rugby World Cup that will be held in England. One of the big question marks that remain is what the rest of 2014 will hold for Mike Tolkin's men, but a test match against the best rugby side in the world would be a major step towards reaching the elite status in international rugby.

The big problem here is the logistics from a US perspective. Having to play this match in an NFL stadium in November, there will be some conversions that will have to be made and then find a way to convert it back as well well in time for the Chicago Bears to use. At this point the NFL schedule is not officially released and that could serve up some problems in the match being played on that date, the final international test match date of the 2014 calendar.