Jim Cornelison To Sing National Anthem On Saturday. Get Loud!

The national anthem is done differently in Chicago. Watch the video below and prepare to GET LOUD on Saturday. I want to hear you from just across the lake in Michigan!!!

Rugby TV USA: October 31-November 2nd

While this weekend isn't nearly as jam packed with the ITM Cup and Currie Cup ending last weekend, there are some quality rugby matches this weekend, headlined by rugby league's "Four Nations" and the big test match between USA and New Zealand in Chicago. Soldier Field is SOLD OUT, so the only way you can watch this historic match will be to tune into NBC. Universal Sports will kick off the coverage at 3:00 pm Eastern with their preview show and switches to NBC at 3:30 pm Eastern. Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm Eastern. 

So obviously, the USA vs New Zealand test will clash with college football in this country, but please encourage any "casual fan" you may know to either tune in or record the match for future viewing. If you want to see rugby featured on national television in the future, the numbers must back up the demand.  This is the most important match, not only in USA Eagles history, but for American rugby history. We must prove the sport is growing and interest is there. SPREAD THE WORD! 

In addition to the big match on NBC, Fox Soccer Plus will offer live coverage of the Four Nations and  Japan's rugby union test versus the New Zealand Maori and Universal Sports will have the Barbarians vs Australia LIVE on Saturday morning, which is rare for American television (when was the last time you watched the Baa Baas live on TV here?).  

Rugby TV USA: October 31st- November 2nd  (*Please Note: beIN Sport will offer live rugby via their online platform this weekend, but the schedule hasn't been updated. As soon as they announce their live coverage, I will update the schedule to reflect it). All Times Listed As Eastern USA. 

Friday, October 31st

11:00 pm: New Zealand vs Samoa (Rugby League 4 Nations) - LIVE - Fox Soccer Plus

Saturday, November 1st

1:00 am: Japan vs New Zealand Maori (Rugby Union) - LIVE - Fox Soccer Plus

10:30 am: Barbarians vs Australia (Rugby Union) - LIVE - Universal Sports

2:30 pm: USA Eagles vs New Zealand All Blacks - Preview Show - Universal Sports

3:00 pm: USA Eagles vs New Zealand All Blacks (Rugby Union) - LIVE - NBC

6:00 pm: USA Eagles vs New Zealand All Blacks - Post Match Show - Universal Sports

Sunday, November 2nd

1:00 am: Australia vs England (Rugby League 4 Nations) - LIVE - Fox Soccer Plus

USA & New Zealand Name Starting XV's

The USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks have named their starters ahead of Saturday's historic test match at Soldier Field in Chicago and while Mike Tolkin's squad won't feature many shocks, the All Blacks squad features a mix of vets and many newcomers, as well as the return of a rugby league legend. 

Sonny Bill Williams, who recently completed his most recent stint of playing rugby league for the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League, will don the #12 jersey as he returns to the All Blacks for the first time since 2012. Williams' latest code switch has everything to do with his desire to suit up for New Zealand at next year's Rugby World Cup.  All Black legend, Richie McCaw, will not be part of Saturday's line up, which is both shocking and disappointing to me because to many, he is the "face" of New Zealand rugby and has been doing a lot of promotional work leading up to the match. 

Todd Clever will captain USA once again with Samu Manoa, Chris Wyles & Hayden Smith anchoring the squad. “Our selections were based more on how we wanted to play,” Tolkin said. “[The All Blacks] present a big challenge, so worrying too much about them would be counter productive."

USA Eagles | Starting XV

1. Eric Fry

2. Phil Thiel

3. Olive Kilifi

4. Samu Manoa

5. Hayden Smith

6. Todd Clever (C)

7. Scott Lavalla

8. Danny Barrett

9. Mike Petri

10. Adam Siddall

11. Brett Thompson

12. Andrew Suniula

13. Seamus Kelly

14. Blaine Scully

15. Chris Wyles

USA Eagles | Reserves

16. Tom Coolican

17. Nick Wallace

18. Mate Moeakiola

19. Tai Tuisamoa

20. Louis Stanfill

21. Shalom Suniula

22. Folau Niua

23. Troy Hall

New Zealand All Blacks | Starting XV

1. Joe Moody

2. Nathan Harris

3. Charlie Faumuina

4. Jeremy Thrush

5. Patrick Tuipulotu

6. Victor Vito

7. Sam Cane

8. Kieran Read (C)

9. TJ Perenara

10. Aaron Cruden

11. Charles Piutau

12. Sonny Bill Williams

13. Ryan Crotty

14. Cory Jane

15. Israel Dagg

New Zealand All Blacks | Reserves

16. Keven Mealamu

17. Wyatt Crockett

18. Ben Franks

19. Brodie Retallick

20. Liam Messam

21. Augustine Pulu

22. Daniel Carter

23. Julian Savea