For the first time Toyota Field will play host to a non-soccer sporting event as the United States national Rugby Union team will come to San Antonio. The USA will play Uruguay in the opening match of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship on February 4th 2017.
The match will be the first time that the Eagles have played in San Antonio reflecting the benefit of having a venue like Toyota Field in San Antonio. At 8000 seats, the venue is the right size for an Americas Rugby Championship match and has the right sized and shaped playing area.
The Americas Rugby Championship is the pinnacle of rugby in the Americas emulating the European Six Nations or SANZAAR’s The Rugby Championship. It consists of six of the seven best ranked sides in the Americas, with Argentina represented by their second team, Argentina XV, who have won every single edition of the tournament, and are yet to lose a match in the tournament. Similarly to the Rugby Championship there are four points for a win, two for a draw and two kinds of bonus points, one for scoring four or more tries and one for losing by less than seven points (one converted try).
In 2016 the United States finished the Americas Rugby Championship in second place, the third straight competition they finished in that position. The timing of the tournament allows the United States to select players from European teams. That will allow prop Titi Lamositele to be released from Saracens and winger Blaine Scully from Cardiff Blues amongst other clubs.
It will be a tight match with the two sides closely ranked, but the United States are the higher ranked team. Uruguay sits at 21st in the latest World Rugby rankings while the United States is sitting in 17th, just four rankings points ahead.
Uruguay stunned the United States in 2016 in Montevideo as they managed a 29-25 win over the Eagles. Despite that the United States managed to come second in the tournament in 2016, with a memorable tie against Argentina XV.