- $30 for four general-admission tickets, plus four beers ($40 value)
The Scouting Report
Leading up to the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers this December, the USA Hawks and Canada Wolverines will clash twice in Philadelphia. The matches will allow both national countries to gain cohesion and also decide this year’s champion of the Colonial Cup, an annual contest between the U.S. and Canada dating back to 2010. Last year, the Wolverines earned their first Cup by defeating the Hawks 52–14. This time around, the U.S. will attempt to reclaim the title with a roster of 35 players chosen from USARL competition and regional combines with Philadelphia’s (Fight) own Rich Henson captaining the USA Hawks for the first time.
USA Rugby League
In a typical, 80-minute USA Rugby League match, the players on the field are involved in more than 300 bone-rattling collisions. That's because USARL sets itself apart from other forms of rugby with a faster, more action-packed style of play with limited game breaks and no red lights on the infield stoplights. Currently, fans across the country can join the USARL movement by following teams in 14 different cities, including Atlanta, Jacksonville, Brooklyn and Boston. But the league doesn't just compete on U.S. soil: the national team, nicknamed the Hawks, pulls the league's biggest stars and lets them compete alongside each other against international foes. Currently, the Hawks are ranked 10th in the world following a 2013 World Cup campaign that saw them advance all the way to the quarterfinals.