1874 Cup USA vs All Blacks for first time since 2014 in marquee match up at FedEx Field in Washington DC. The U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team The Eagles will host the most successful rugby team on the planet the New Zealand All Blacks for the first time ever in Washington, DC when they square off on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in the inaugural 1874 Cup at FedExField.
|EVENT||All Blacks vs USA Eagles|
|Date||Saturday 23 October 2021|
|Venue||ET. FedEx Field, Washington DC , USA|
The USA v New Zealand game at FedEx – in Landover, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia – will be played for the 1874 Cup, named for the year Harvard vs McGill University, from Canada, played the first rugby game in the US. It will be the first time the All Blacks have played in the United States since 2016.
The 1874 Cup references the year rugby was first played in the United States, a collegiate match between McGill and Harvard University. The 1874 Cup celebrates the long and ever-growing history the United States has with the game of rugby.
The new home of NFL franchise, the Las Vegas Raiders is positioned as the prospective host venue. The Allegiant Stadium seats 70,000 spectators for USA vs All Blacks Game.
Before the 2021 match can be confirmed, the parties are awaiting confirmation of the 2021 NFL match schedule. The proposed date for the match is one week prior to New Zealand’s second game of their November Internationals tour; a match against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, October 30. The tour will continue with three additional matches seeing the All Blacks playing tests away against France, Italy, and Ireland.
New Zealand’s official match schedule is forthcoming. It will include six matches in the Rugby Championship and a home match against Fiji. Italy’s tour in July is expected to be called-off. This is likely to see a second match added between New Zealand and Fiji.
The identity of the team itself may also take on a new form. There is a consideration to have it as the next of XV. That team may replicate what is now common place in South America with the Argentina XV, Uruguay XV, Chile XV, and Brazil XV. The Herald notes that the USA may be playing against the All Blacks XV on October 23, 2021.