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USA Eagles Rugby to Host Legendary New Zealand All Blacks in D.C. Oct. 23

The U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host the most successful rugby team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks, for the first time ever in the District when they square off Saturday, Oct. 23 in the inaugural 1874 Cup, at FedExField. It will be the first time the All Blacks have played in the U.S. since 2016.

The 1874 Cup references the year rugby was first played in the U.S., a collegiate match between McGill and Harvard University. The 1874 Cup celebrates the long and ever-growing history the U.S. has with the game of rugby.

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will play the United States at FedEx Field outside Washington D.C. in October.

The All Blacks will meet the US Eagles on Oct. 23 to play for the new 1874 Cup. The trophy references the year of the first rugby match played in the United States, between McGill and Harvard University.

The USA Eagles (USA Rugby’s team name) are coming off their first assembly since 2019 and look ahead to a busy fall with qualification for the 2023 France Rugby World Cup in focus.

The United States is bidding to host the 2027 or 2031 men’s Rugby World Cup or the 2029 women’s Rugby World Cup. Ticket pre-sale for the rugby community opens on Wednesday, July 28. General public on sale opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 30. For tickets, go to Full event details are available at

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