Sacramento will host a Pacific Nations Cup 2014 rugby match featuring the United States men’s national team – USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles – June 21 at the new sports facility under construction at Cal Expo, the Sacramento Sports Commission announced today.
The match against Canada’s national team will begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast by NBC Universal. The match is jointly sponsored by the Sacramento Sports Commission and Republic FC, Sacramento’s new USL Pro soccer team that will play home games at Cal Expo beginning June 7 against Arizona United SC.
“We are excited that a match of this caliber will take place at the new stadium at Cal Expo, especially since rugby has long been part of Sacramento’s sports history,” Sacramento Sports Commission Director Mike Sophia said in a statement.
The PNC will feature six teams in two pools, with Samoa, Tonga and Fiji in Pool A and the United States, Canada and Japan in Pool B. The tournament will be held on consecutive Saturdays, June 7, 14 and 21.
The only other PNC match in the United States will be the Eagles against Japan at the StubHub Center in Carson on June 14. The PNC is considered a prep for Rugby World Cup 2015.
It will be the first time the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles have played in the Sacramento area. The Eagles are ranked 18th in the world; Canada is ranked 15th.
“The northern California region is a rugby hotbed and we’re excited to have the Eagles play here in Sacramento,” USA Rugby Events Director Jen Gray said in the news release.
– Bee sports staff