Wallabies to face USA in Chicago

Date published: May 12 2015

USA will take on Australia at Soldier Field in Chicago in an international match on Saturday, September 5, CEO Nigel Melville has announced.

The Test fixture will be the final game for both teams prior to the World Cup.

For the second time in less than twelve months the Eagles will play a top-tier international in the Windy City. In a November 2014 Test, the Eagles faced the reigning world champions New Zealand in front of a sold out Soldier Field.

"We are excited to be returning to Chicago for this important match which will be a final Rugby World Cup send-off game for both teams. Soldier Field provides a unique fan experience and an electric atmosphere," said a pleased Melville.

"Rugby fans from all over the country will make their way out to see another great match against one of the best teams the world of rugby has to offer."

Australia Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver was excited when asked about the Labor Day weekend match, saying, "The opportunity to bring the Qantas Wallabies to a new market in the United States is a major boost for our code in Australia. We want to thank USA Rugby for making this opportunity possible."

Rugby in the United States has been growing at a rapid pace, with some agencies claiming it is the fastest-growing team sport in the country. The increase in participation has been making waves internationally, as well. 

"I am delighted that Australia is playing the USA at Soldier Field, Chicago – it is another example of how our sport is growing," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"Rugby is spreading across the globe through the hard work of World Rugby and ambitious unions like USA Rugby. When the Wallabies take on the Eagles it will be another opportunity to show our wonderful game to thousands of potential new fans and players throughout North America and beyond."