Canada vs USA
Competition: June Rugby Internationals
Date: 24 June 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
These two neighbouring foes have a lot of history due to their proximity, and in terms of a minnow grudge match, this is a big one. However, Canada have been well below par this June break.
Canada are another one of those minnow teams who have been in and around the Rugby community, but their growth has not been as prosperous as they would have liked and unfortunately their June break thus far has been poor. First up for the Canadians was a match against the ambitious Georgians, and it was a farce as Canada could not get a point on the board as the Europeans rolled them 13-0. Up next was another Eastern European side in Romania, and although they got onto the scoreboard this time, with only nine points however, they were still outplayed as Romania scored 25 points. With the USA looming, who are a team trying to do their own growing, they will have to be wary, as it could be a whitewash in this June international series.
The USA have been rocked by a few big developments in their own growth recently. The game of Sevens is really taking off, but the 15-man game has had it struggles in getting off the ground. There was a domestic league set up, but that fell by the wayside after only a year. The national coach, John Mitchell also recently resigned under suspicion that there wa not enough money in the USA coffers. However, despite these problems, it has not been a total disaster by the Americans. They were very poor against an understrength Ireland side where they lost 55-19, but when facing much more familiar opposition in Georgia, they scrapped to lose by just four points. Canada will be well within their sights and they will want to finish with a good win.
Canada vs USA: Head-to-Head Stats
These close rivals have played a massive 56 times going back to 1977 and in that time it is Canada have the historical advantage having won 38 games compared to the USA’s 17. There has also been a single draw.
Canada vs USA: Prediction
Both Canada and USA are coming off two losses, but in those performances, the USA have at least shown some promise and must come into this game with the better form. Canada seem to be totally out of sync while the USA look to be reconciling, Expect the USA to grab the win in this grudge match.
Canada vs USA: Tips
It is the last game for one of America’s most famous players, Todd Clever. Expect a big game from the fiery player, and he is a good choice to get a try on his final, heated, match.