November Tests 2013

12-Aug-2013

 

Tier Two Nations will play a total of 22 Test matches in this year's November Internationals as the build up to Rugby World Cup 2015 continues.

Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Russia, USA, Canada, Romania, Japan, Uruguay, Portugal, Georgia, Chile, Brazil and Spain will all be in action with the three Pacific Island teams once again facing Tier 1 level opposition as they enter an important phase in the preparations for RWC 2015 in England.

The November schedule will see historic visits by Pacific Island Unions Samoa and Tonga to Georgia and Romania respectively, as well as Portugal visiting Sao Paulo to take on Brazil for a first ever Test match between the two sides.

Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts Japan will also build their development platform, as they play the All Blacks in Tokyo before travelling to Europe to play Scotland, Russia and Spain during the November window.

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IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “This is an exciting time for Rugby worldwide and thanks to the ongoing commercial success of Rugby World Cup, the IRB has been able to invest record sums in the Game. "

“The November 2012 and June 2013 programmes have really showcased the tremendous competitive strides that Tier 2 Unions are making with Samoa defeating Wales, Scotland and Italy, Tonga defeating Scotland and Japan recording a first-ever victory over Wales. I am anticipating a truly captivating November Series of matches.”

It's already been an unprecedented year for Tier 2 Rugby nations, with an extensive June programme witnessing the expansion of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup to include USA and Canada.

June also witnessed the launch of the IRB Tbilisi Cup in Georgia, where the hosts welcomed Uruguay and development sides from South Africa and Ireland.

The success of Rugby World Cup as a major global brand has provided the platform for the IRB to finance and deliver an unprecedented annual schedule of matches for Tier Two nations in the important June and November international windows.

"The November fixtures are playing a massive role in the development of Unions who have been identified by the IRB as part of a major Strategic Investment Programme,” said Mark Egan, IRB Head of Competitions and Performance.

“These IRB World Ranking matches will enable coaches to assess players in a competitive environment, while giving the IRB the opportunity to benchmark the progress of the top ranked Tier Two Unions against both each other and, in some cases, against Tier One opposition."

“We are also looking at a number of Test Match options for Unions such as Namibia and hope to announce some additional November fixtures for our Performance Group of Unions in the near future.”

The International Rugby Board invests over £10.5 million each year in high performance programmes and competitions for Tier Two countries.

The IRB also continues to invest in the now established and successful tournaments including the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup, IRB Pacific Nations Cup, Americas Rugby Championship, IRB Nations Cup as well as the IRB Tbilisi Cup.

 

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The Lelos’ November Tests against and the Statistics

 

November 9, 2013                              Georgia vs. Canada

November 16, 2013                            Georgia vs. USA

November 23, 2013                            Georgia vs. Samoa

 

November test Series 2013

Side

Georgia
(Geo)

Canada
(Can)

America
(USA)

Samoa 
(Sam)

Team Nick

The Lelos

The Maple Leaves

The Eagles

Manu Samoa

Jersey

Red/White

 Red/Black

Red/Blue

Blue

Ranking

6766 (16)

7155 (15)

6604 (18)

8042 (7)

Introduced to game

1959

1864

1875

1920

Union

1966

1974

1975

1924

National Team

1989

1932

1912

1924

Recognition

1992

1987

1987

1988

World Cup

12: 2-10 (3)
2003-2011

25: 7-16*2 (7)
1987-2011

21: 3-18 (6)
1987-2011 #1995

24: 11-13 (6)
1991-2011

Balance

=

1-2

1-2

0-1

 

 

10:42
(2009 Denver)

13:31
(2009 Denver)

9:46 
(2003 Perth, RWC)

 

 

22:15
(2010 Tbilisi)

19:17
(2010 Tbilisi)

 

 

 

12:31
(2012 Vancouver)

20:36
(2012 Denver)

 

 

Manu Samoa

 

 

Is ceded among eight top teams in world ranking and for RWC 2015 was ceded to the second level.
The main squad of Manu Samoa plays its rugby in UK, France and New Zealand.
Samoa won the IRB Pacific Nation Cup twice, in 2010 and 2012. This year Manu recorded magnificent wins against Scotland and Italy occupying the second place at “Castle Lager Cup” in South Africa.
Samoa qualified for the RWC quarter finals twice, in 1991 and 1995. 
Samoa Sevens side won the world series in 2010 and ever since and before are constantly among the leaders. 
In June 2011 the IRB JWRT featured Samoa’s U20 team in Tbilisi, Georgia, which won the Tournament.

Prior to every game the side performs the traditional war dance “Siva Tau."

 

    

Canada (The Maple Leaves)

 

 

Was introduced to Rugby in 19th century, but the British game got under the shade of local ball games, which have developed from it and that’s why they have established their rugby Union 100 years later. Canadian Rugby Union is known as Rugby Canada and it became member of IRB in 1987.  Canada Rugby participated in all seven world cups and in 1991 the qualified for the quarter finals.

 

    

USA (The Eagles)

 

 

The USA Rugby Football Union was established in 1975. Same as in Canada, Rugby was first introduced to USA back in 19th century, but due to the local ball games, which developed from rugby, the game was bound to the second or third choice sports. In 1987 USA Rugby was invited to participate in the first ever RWC in New Zealand, which made Rugby USA the member of IRB. The National Representative side of USA is nick named “The Eagles” Eagles have participated in six Rugby World cups out of seven.

 

 

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