World Rugby Confirms Men's Eagles to Play Russia in Denver

First fixture of Emirates Airline Summer Series set to take place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

  • Men's Eagles confirmed to play Russia in Denver on June 9
  • First fixture of June test series kicks off at 6 PM MT at Dick's Sporting Good's Park
  • Tickets start at only $20 and are available here 

LAFAYETTE, CO. - The United States Men's National Team will host Russia for the first fixture of the 2018 Emirates Airline Summer Series, World Rugby confirmed with both unions today. Following a verbal agreement by both the United States and Russia, World Rugby has provided its official approval for the match to take place. Hosted June 9th at 6 PM MT in the Mile High City of Denver, CO,  Dick's Sporting Goods Park will feature the first of three June test matches for the Men's Eagles, a fixture where the U.S. looks to secure its fifth consecutive win over the Russians. Tickets for the game -- produced in collaboration with the Denver Sports Commission -- are on sale now starting as low as $20 through AXS. Discounted hotel offers are available on usarugby.org/summerseries.


Select Your Seat Here


Last time the United States faced Russia, they earned a 25-0 shutout victory in the 2016 Emirates Airline Summer Series -- also played on home soil. Come June, the now No. 15 world ranked Eagles will return from their historic 2018 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) title victory with the goal of using existing momentum to deliver a victory for fans in Colorado.

Russia, currently four positions behind the USA at No. 19 in the world, has an opportunity to improve their placing with an upset over the Men's Eagles. Given the rankings implications and the competitive energy driving both teams forward, the stage is set for an electric atmosphere in Colorado.

"With the Russian test being the first of the summer series, it will be critical that we get our preparation right. It is imperative that we get right back to the form we ended the ARC with," says Dave Hodges, General Manager of the USA Men's National Team

With the city of Denver approaching the start of its magnetic summer season in June, the event couldn't be more of an appeal to fans across the United States. Popularity and interest in rugby has recently seen a tremendous spike in the local community with Colorado's Glendale Raptors of the newly launched Major League Rugby (MLR) winning their inaugural match at home. And, with USA Rugby headquartered in the area, Denver is a perfect fit to kickoff the Men's Eagles' summer schedule.

The fixture between the United States and Russia serves as the first of two home matches in the three-game June test series for the Men's National Team. Following their game in Denver on June 9th, the Men's Eagles will travel to Houston for a contest against No. 6 Scotland on June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium, completing their Summer Test Series against rival-Canada in Halifax June 23.

Tickets to see the Men's Eagles face Russia start at only $20 through AXS with hotel offers available on usarugby.org/summerseries. The match kicks off at 6 PM MT broadcast LIVE on The Rugby Channel with updates available by following @USARugby on social media.

USA MEN'S EAGLES | EMIRATES AIRLINE SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE

vs. Russia
Sat, June 9 | 6 PM MT 
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Denver, CO

vs. Houston
Sat, June 16 | Time TBA
BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, TX

vs. Canada
Sat, June 23 | 3 PM ET 
Wanderers Grounds 
Halifax, Nova Scotia