Every Fall rugby fans in Europe are treated to a series of great rugby matches known as the Autumn Internationals, in which the best teams from north and south hemispheres compete. As part of this series of games, USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles are in Europe right now and on Saturday, November 19, are poised to take on Tonga in Anoeta Stadium, Donostia-San Sebastián.
The Men’s Eagles arrived in the Basque Country on Sunday, November 13, to a warm reception by a group of dantzaris at Loiu Airport. Check out the Facebook site of Rugby Challenge Donostia-San Sebastián, the organization behind this historic match.
This is a major event for rugby fans in the Basque Country, pitting the world’s 15th and 17th ranked teams against each other. The organizers hope it will serve as a springboard to both promote rugby union in Hegoalde or the Southern Basque Country and showcase Donostia-San Sebastián as a potential venue for future international games. The game, which will be broadcast by the Rugby Channel, kicks off at 5 pm local time (8 am PST; 11 am EST) on November 19. And if you do watch the game, whether in the Basque Country or from afar, you may even see the traditional Tonga war dance, performed before each match – the Sipi Tau (here below in compeitition with the New Zealand Haka):
Just out of interest for this site, Basque-American Iñaki Basauri, a loose forward who plays professionally in France, did play for the Men’s Eagles although he is not part of the current lineup.
See also: https://www.youtube.com/user/USARugbyTV