Vancouver rugby fans are going get a big dose of Canada action in the lead-up to next September’s Rugby World Cup, as Rugby Canada has announced they will be hosting the United States at B.C. Place Stadium in September.With the Canadians launching their 2019 RWC campaign on Sept. 26 in Fukuoka, Japan, against pool B opponents Italy, the team’s final tuneup will see them face their fiercest rivals twice this summer, including Sept. 7 at The Dome.The two teams will also face each other July 27 in Glendale, Colo., as part of the Pacific Nations Cup. (They’ll also play two games in Fiji, vs. Fiji on Aug. 3 and vs. Tonga on Aug. 9.)This is the fourth time since 2013 that B.C. Place has hosted an international rugby match. Canada first hosted Japan in 2016, then the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in 2017 — 29,000 fans showed up for that one — and Uruguay in 2018.
The United States’ Mike Te’o races to score a try during the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier against Canada at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont., on June 24, 2017. The game finished in a 28-28 tie. Though the teams are close in the rankings, the U.S. hasn’t lost to Canada in six years.
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The Canadians haven’t beaten the Americans since 2013, losing nine times and drawing once over the last six years.The two national squads faced off in March in Seattle, with the Americans winning 30-25 in Americas Rugby Championship action.The U.S. team is currently ranking 15th in the World Rugby rankings; Canada is 21st.Canada will play another warmup match against Leinster, who lost the European Champions Cup final last weekend but finished first in the 2018-19 Pro 14 regular season, in Hamilton on Aug. 24.Tickets for the Sept. 7 game go on sale on May 29 at rugby.ca. Rugby Canada is also hosting a team send-off event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver on Sept. 5.At the Rugby World Cup, Canada will also face New Zealand, South Africa and Namibia between Sept. 26 and Oct. 13 in various locations around Japan.