USA will play two games in October in South Africa as part of preparations for the Rugby World Cup repechage tournament set for Dubai in November.
A senior representative team will take part in the Toyota Challenge with a game against the Cheetahs on October 14 and a friendly against the Pumas on October 21.
USA will be preparing to play Kenya Simbas, Hong Kong and Portugal in the repechage with the winner of the round robin tournament sealing a place at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Dubbed the ‘National A’ side, the team will not be a true second-string ‘Falcons’ squad. It will instead be comprised of US-based test players preparing for November’s World Cup Repechage qualifiers and supplemented with talent from Major League Rugby on the fringe of Eagles selection.
Other international sides taking part are Italy ‘A’ and Emerging Ireland, who will each play three matches against South African provincial sides. All games are to be played at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein with a live stream to be provided by SuperSport.
USA Head Coach Gary Gold:
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring players who have played MLR for the first half of the year, and this competition offers them the opportunity to get to play against some of the best provincial teams in SA. This experience will be unique to quite a few of the players who have not spent much time playing rugby outside of the US, let alone be able to play in a country where rugby is so popular.
“Some of these players will also join the USA National team in November in Dubai, so the experience will stand them in an excellent position of preparation. We are very grateful to have been invited by the Toyota Cheetahs, and hopefully, this can become a regular event and one where we can reciprocate.”
Friday, 14 October 2022:
18:00 local Toyota Cheetahs vs USA National A (Toyota Challenge Match)
Friday, 21 October 2022:
13:45 local Airlink Pumas vs USA National A
Sunday Nov 6, 2022
USA vs Kenya 4pm
Portugal vs Hong Kong 6.30pm
Saturday Nov 12, 2022
Portugal vs Kenya 4pm
USA vs Hong Kong 6.30pm
Friday Nov 18, 2022
Hong Kong vs Kenya 5pm
USA vs Portugal 7.30pm