November 1st marked an important day for all those who love rugby. On a frosty day at Soldier Field in Chicago, the US Eagles faced the dominant, world number one team, the New Zealand All Blacks for the second time and the first on US soil. Sadly, as expected, the All Blacks crushed United States 74-6 in front of a packed stadium filled with American rugby fans. While the outcome of the game was not as much as many American rugby fans would have hoped, there are still plenty of positives to be learned from the game, including the sold-out Chicago Bears football stadium.
Bringing the number one rugby club into the world was obviously going to bring some hype, but the amount that was generated was really a surprise. The game has drawn people from all over the United States to come and watch one of the most phenomenal, action-packed, and entertaining sports in the world and to see it played by some of the best players in the world. It was truly a treat for the fans here in the United States who had so far not had the chance to watch the sport played in person at the highest level. The excitement of seeing your first live game of the sport you love yourself is a feeling that is not easy to overcome, and I’m sure it’s a feeling that many American rugby fans have been able to appreciate. .
In the last few years, rugby has started to develop across the United States, more and more people are not just hearing about an aggressive pleasure in watching a sport they didn’t know existed, but now see it from time to time on standard television. For those who logged on to NBC Sport on November 1, they got to see some fantastic athleticism and also some bone-cracking tackles. Rugby is now played in most universities across the country and even many high schools in some areas are launching programs and getting children to play the sport at a younger age. Playing rugby in the United States is now much easier to do than it was a few years ago and it should only continue to develop.
Events like bringing the All Blacks up against the Unproven, American Eagles in Chicago are fantastic for raising awareness of the sport and creating excitement among its fans. Hosting an event like the game played on November 1 brings together the few fans across the country who have taken a liking to the sport, and even if it is inadvertently, spreads the joy of rugby to others who know little or nothing about it. about the sport that is played and loved in many corners of the globe.
Rugby in the USA is moving in a big direction and will hopefully soon become one of the most played and watched sports in the country in the not too distant future. With the excitement that this contact sport can generate, it will be surprising not to see the popularity of this sports aerial rocket as more and more people are introduced to it in one way or another.