New Zealand All Blacks men’s national rugby team midfielder Conrad Smith passes a ball to a teammate during their practice in Bridegview, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The USA Eagles will play the New Zealand All Blacks men’s national rugby team Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Chicago's Soldier Field. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rugby union will make its strongest claim for the attention of a U.S. audience when the Eagles host the World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks on Saturday in a rare meeting on American soil.

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