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USA and Canada set up New Year clashes

Canada and the USA will continue their World Cup preparations early next year with two games against each other in January while the U20 sides from both nations have also set up a fixture.

The three games will be played over the course of five days from January 12-16 in Florida and USA Rugby are using the opportunity to promote the womens game in general by hosting a rugby clinic over the course of the camp with national players offering tips and training advice.

It will be the first 15-aside games for the USA since the Nations Cup last August where they performed well above expectations and finished as runners up behind England but ahead of Canada, France and South Africa.

They beat South Africa and Canada a the event and though they lost to England and drew with France, they will take on their neighbours for the Atlantic Cup with plenty of confidence.

Since the Nations Cup, where they finished a disappointing fourth on home soil, Canada have played France twice, winning and losing a game in the back to back series on French soil so they will have improved as a squad since the competition at the end of last summer.

The rivalry is fierce between these nations and these clashes should prove tough tight games with little quarter being given.

Meanwhile the U20 sides from both countries will also play a fixture in January as a warmup game to the full second test.

Fixtures:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

3:00pm - USA vs. Canada

Saturday, January 16, 2010

1:00pm - USA U-20 vs. Canada U-20

3:00pm - USA vs. Canada