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(E) USA replaces Croatia in Rugby
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  04/10/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) USA replaces Croatia in Rugby


USA replaces Croatia


All Whites to take on world 10th ranked team the United States as part of buildup to Confederations Cup

The All Whites build up matches for June's Confederations Cup have been confirmed with a match against world number 10 the United States, replacing the clash with Croatia.

Croatia, the world's 34th ranked team, pulled out of the proposed June 5 match so the All Whites will instead play the USA at an Eastern American venue on June 8.

The USA will play in the opposing group at the Confederations Cup.

New Zealand begins its preparations with a match against Scotland on May 27 at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.

The All Whites will then fly to North America for the match against the USA before leaving for France, where they will be based at the French National Rugby Centre at Marcoussis in Paris.

The All Whites kick off the Confederations Cup with a match against Japan in Paris on June 18.

They also play Colombia and hosts France in pool play.

The squad of 23 players for the Confederations Cup will be named on April 28 and will assemble in Birmingham on May 22.


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