IRB Announces “Whipping Post” Tier Fall Schedule

The International Rugby Board announced the Fall 2010 schedule, for the Tier 2 (or “Whipping Post” teams) earlier today.  Of course the U.S. is on this schedule, as is co-World Cup entrants Tonga, Canada, Georgia, and the like. 

Also on this schedule is a doubleheader between Romania and Uruguay, to determine who will land the final Rugby World Cup 2011 slot and earn a quick trip to New Zealand (I say quick because these guys will be ejected quickly, with possibly zero wins to their credit).

The U.S. Men’s national team has an interesting tour ahead of it in the month of November.  Starting off in Lisbon on Nov. 13 to face #22 Portugal, before jetting off to the Galashiels in the Scottish Borders to play against the Scotland “A” team (their second string team). Near the end of the month, on Nov. 27, the U.S. will finish their tour in Tbilisi, Georgia against the #17 ranked team.  

Meanwhile, our Canadian neighbors will be in Europe at nearly the same time, starting off with #26 Belgium on Nov. 6, then playing Spain, ranked #23, a week later.  This should be a fairly easy start for Canuckistan, ranked once slot above the United States at #14.  They wrap up the Maple Leaf tour on Nov. 20 in Tbilisi, Georgia and Nov. 27 on Lisbon, Portugal.

The complete schedule can be found here.


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