The All Blacks’ arrangement to take on the USA Eagles this end of the week has, here and there, been not normal for some other – and that is playing into the choice for Saturday’s conflict .
ABs v USA Rugby at FedExField ; Saturday’s fixture kicks off at 3:30pm EDT (8:30am NZT on Sunday morning).
The All Blacks are part of the way through an epic 10-game visit, having launched procedures in Australia toward the beginning of August, and still have major matches facing any semblance of Ireland and France.
The game against the USA looms as the simplest of the coming matches, with the Eagles positioned seventeenth on the world rankings and as of late succumbing to Uruguay during the World Cup qualifiers. Thusly, New Zealand are relied upon to carry out a much-changed side from the group that capitulated to the Springboks in the last round of the Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks are taking no chances with Covid-19 while in the US – even if the same can’t quite seem to be said for their hosts.
Experienced All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor admitted it was all a bit surreal touching down in Washington DC on Sunday (Monday NZT) for the first stop on their northern tour, alighting the plane fully masked up and finding they had stepped into an environment that appeared to be, well, business as usual.
The United States, in general, and District of Columbia, in particular, have moved to a different place in their fight against the pandemic than have New Zealand and Australia, the only two countries the All Blacks have been hitherto over the last couple of years.
While New Zealand and Australia are still operating under strict restrictions and health guidelines as they battle to keep the virus at bay, the US has largely moved back towards a more normal day-to-day environment.