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Old 05-13-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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Rugby - All Blacks in Chicago Nov 1st

I see the All Blacks will play the Eagles at Solider Field on Nov 1st.
It'll be interesting to see what sort of crowd they get.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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It seems to me there's a good chance the pitch will be narrower than they're accustomed to.

A rugby union pitch is supposed to be a minimum of 75 yards wide (68 meters.)

A NFL field is only 53 yards wide. There's room on the sidelines for expansion, but not as much as you'd think. Football stadiums are not built with rectangular playing surfaces. The photo is of Soldier Field. As you can see, it pinches it.

BTW, this is also a problem when they try to squeeze a soccer pitch into a NFL stadium.

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Old 05-13-2014, 03:57 PM   #3
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It was used in the 94 Football World Cup, so it should be OK.
Besides, a narrow pitch will help the US Eagles as it will restrict the NZ outside back trio. As I recall the Eagles have some good forwards, so a narrower playing area should help them.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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They rebuilt the place in 2003 and it looks like they removed some of the sideline space.

I'm not sure that the Eagles will be able to capitalize on any dimensional advantages against the mighty All Blacks.

Soldier Field before being rebuilt.


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Old 05-13-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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They rebuilt the place in 2003 and it looks like they removed some of the sideline space.

I'm not sure that the Eagles will be able to capitalize on any dimensional advantages against the mighty All Blacks.

Soldier Field before being rebuilt.

I see that the US is ranked 18 at the moment (below Canada) - I thought that they were better...

However, most teams do tend to bring their best game against the men in black, so I'd expect a good game. I saw Canada play NZ in Melbourne at the 03 RWC, and the Canucks stormed out fighting...althogh the score did blow out a little bit later on...
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:34 PM   #6
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I saw the Maori ABs play the US last Fall & the USA gave them a hell of a game - MABs, I think have never lost. Hmm Road Trip. My old Rugby teammate is the US coach
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:51 PM   #7
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I saw the Maori ABs play the US last Fall & the USA gave them a hell of a game - MABs, I think have never lost. Hmm Road Trip. My old Rugby teammate is the US coach
I saw the Maoris beat the Lions at Waikato Stadium.
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if the All Blacks don't win by at least 50 points i would want to know whats going on.

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I think I'll head down to this one if I'm in town.


Of course, I'll be in the green....

Seats that is.




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Im going, along with some of my old teammates from college. Probably the only chance I will ever have to see the AB's play live so wouldn't miss it. I think they have sold out 60k plus seats which is huge for USA rugby.
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I think I ground half the enamel off my teeth watching the AB's draw with Aussie.
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Great defence from the ABs but not much else.
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I think I ground half the enamel off my teeth watching the AB's draw with Aussie.
Richie is past his use by date Stu ...
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Hard to say based on that outing.
The weather and Ref meant that no one was shown in a very good light.
The Wannabes should have won that at a canter - they choked several times where they should have put the AB's away.

I guess giving you five includes the draw, double or quits on Eden Park?
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Hard to say based on that outing.
The weather and Ref meant that no one was shown in a very good light.
The Wannabes should have won that at a canter - they choked several times where they should have put the AB's away.

I guess giving you five includes the draw, double or quits on Eden Park?
Eden Park - Havent won there in over 20 years I believe .. Of course doubles.

yes totally agree re Ref and Conditions - I believe the Wanna's lacked at the back - Across the park you blokes looked disinterested and very uncharacteristic - I was wishing Beale was in League already, truly a position too far - I wasnt sure if teh biggest cheer from the crowd was for him being replaced or for the bloke who should have beenin the starting 15 coming on, Foley

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