In anticipation of their historic Nov. 1 rugby match at Soldier Field, members of the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks toured Chicago this past weekend, a whirlwind of attractions, local cuisine, and even a chance to take over the Choose Chicago Twitter and Instagram accounts.
While in Chicago, the Eagles' Seamus Kelly and Andrew Suniula, and the All Blacks' Ryan Crotty and Victor Vito took in some local rugby, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and the Bears' season-opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. The Eagles and All Blacks' match marks the first time New Zealand's club has played on American soil since 1980.
As part of their Choose Chicago social media takeover, the players answered fan questions and talked a little bit about visiting Chicago, the first time ever for Kelly, Crotty and Vito. Suniula lives in Chicago and plays for the Chicago Griffins RFC.
Here are some of the highlights of the players' Chicago tour.
Q: We asked @USARugby's @andsun88, What Victor, Ryan & Seamus should do this weekend in Chicago?
Q: We asked @USARugby's Seamus Kelly, While you're in Chicago, what are you looking forward to seeing, doing and eating, and here is what he had to say! Did you guys hear the pizza challenge?! We all know Chicago pizza rocks.
Q: We asked @AllBlacks' @victorvito1103, While you're in Chicago, what are you looking forward to seeing, doing and eating