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With files from Rugby Canada Communications
(HAMILTON, ON) - The road to the 2019 Rugby World Cup starts Saturday, June 24, as Canada take on USA in the first leg of their qualifying series.
This historic match, presented by DHL, will take place in Hamilton, ON at Tim Hortons Field, the home of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and will mark the first time Canada’s senior men’s team has played an international in Hamilton.
“It’s tremendously exciting for us to be in Hamilton for the first time for our crucial Rugby World Cup qualifier against USA,” Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen said. “The two-game series promises to be extremely exciting and we’re delighted to have the Hamilton and Canadian crowd behind us in the critical first leg.”
“The Tiger-Cats are both honored and excited to partner with Rugby Canada to bring a match of this magnitude to Tim Hortons Field and the City of Hamilton,” said Matt Afinec the Tiger-Cats Executive Vice President, Business Operations. “In addition to being the permanent home of the Tiger-Cats, Tim Hortons Field is one of Canada’s premier outdoor entertainment facilities and prides itself on delivering a best-in-class live viewing experience. We look forward to welcoming rugby fans from throughout the region and across the country to our amazing city and venue to create a real home field advantage for Canada.”
After playing tests against Georgia and Romania in Calgary and Edmonton respectively the prior two weeks, Canada returns to Ontario for the first leg of their Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier. The second leg will take place on July 1 in San Diego with the aggregate score winner from both games advancing to the 2019 tournament in Japan.
Canada is 38-17-1 all-time against USA but the Eagles have won the past five matchups. Canada has not beaten the Americans since August 2013 when it won both legs of their Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier.
Canada has not lost a Rugby World Cup qualification match since July 2009 when they lost 12-6 to USA before rebounding to win 41-18 to make the 2011 tournament. Canada is 15-4 all-time in Rugby World Cup qualification matches.
Since the tournament’s inception in 1987, Canada has never missed a Rugby World Cup. Canada achieved its best result in 1991 when they reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by New Zealand. USA, who has played in seven of the previous eight tournaments, has never advanced out of the pool stages.
Tickets for this historic match will go on sale Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. ET.
Visit events.rugbycanada.ca for more information and to get your tickets today!