The USA venues have been selected for the 2026 FIFA WC. I am assuming many of these stadia will also be favoured for the rugby, but only 5 of the 11 stadiums have grass. No idea about the field dimensions.
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium) - FieldTurf
Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium) - Matrix Turf
Dallas (AT&T Stadium) - Matrix Turf
San Francisco Bay Area (Levi's Stadium) - Bermuda Grass
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium) - Bermuda grass
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) - Bermuda grass
Seattle (Lumen Field) - FieldTurf
Houston (NRG Stadium) - Matrix Turf
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field) - Bermuda Grass
Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium) - Bermuda Grass
Boston (Gillette Stadium) - FieldTurf
WR's new plan is for countries to host a men's and women's RWC for each world cup cycle. If you are building or upgrading stadia it makes sense to maximise their use and justify the cost.
I think it makes sense to double up on hosting. However, the reality is that any country that will be hosting the men's world cup, will have the stadia to host the women's world. I think doubling up is good because you capitalise on the momentum and interest the tournament brings.
But pretty much true. Eddie virtually admitted as much during an evening audience with him. From the word go he was targeting NZ in RWC 2019. It was the same in 2003 and both times it worked but maybe came a game too early.
I think the opening line of the vid summed it up well - he’s the master of the upset.
I wonder if he thought to himself (secretly) that he could afford to do that because England would have enough talent to beat whoever made it to the final from the other side of the draw without giving them as much focus as the All Blacks (certainly a year out I thought that might be his approach just looking at the way draw was likely to pan out)
The playing too wide off the ruck and getting always hit behind the advantage line has already been covered in detail here,but it just seems to me the forwards weren't fully recovered from the previous week and weren't recovered mentally and physically for the onslaught. With the benefit of hindsight,the game was won by halftime against Ireland,perhaps even earlier subs in that game would of kept a bit of energy in the tank for the next bigger challenge. Some of our forwards aren't young bucks and gave a flat performance.
In hindsight a tough call probably needed to have been made and one of our stalwart locks shouldn’t have started. Scott Barrett was pretty good in that first half and he along with Cane would’ve been pretty handy with how the game was being played.
Given we barely competed at England’s LO ball, the loss of one of our 2 metre locks wouldn’t have mattered.
A. Smith was a workhorse I thought. He was taking on the big boys when our big guys were missing.
Sheesh, I thought his decision making left a lot to be desired. If I was Rattue I’d be demanding a public square explanation as to the box kick just outside our attacking 22 alone. And that wasn’t one of those platform was a problem issues. We were on attack and actually building.
I can remember watching mccaw do the voice over for the 2015 final, in a similar attacking situation early in the game , smith kicks it in behind them into the in goal, and the Aussies took it away with ease, looked like a similar stupid play.
Mccaw adds , that kick in behind them was planned , didn’t really come off .
Maybe smith was working to Instructions, , hard to fathom why , but When I saw it , I thought of the above.
Smith easily MOTM. His passing is pretty much rugby porn, and he makes everyone else's job easier.
Then Read and Goodhue I went for. Best game by Read in ages, and not many on here picking Jack to start, but he smashed it.
Hell of a team effort though.
Some harsh comments on Todd given what utter bullshit his card was.
@Billy-Tell well yeah, if your foot is on the line, you're outside the field of play right?
In touch and field of play are separate concepts. You can have one part of your body in the field of play and still be in touch. Howver if you are required to be outside the field of play then no part of your body can be inside the field of play. That's why they use separate terminology.
Well Ledesma will be ruing a few things right now, no doubt. They're going home because he made some less than sensible selections IMHO.
The coaching team for the USA are either shit at rugby or shit at man management - their gameplan should be simple: pound the fuck out of opposition 5m either side of the breakdown, and learn to maul. As long as the backs can tackle, you'll be competitive.
They've got some big units who can move at pace but from 10 out the ball skills are practically zero at this level. That won't come until the next decade has seen their domestic competitions grow, and kids starting to play from junior high upward.
And they need external influence in some of those coaching ranks, because just playing against each other will just create the same problem Australian rugby has: biggest kid wins.