The United States will participate in the first World Cup of Rugby to be held this spring in Australia and New Zealand.
The 16-nation tournament will be played in Sydney and Auckland from mid-May to mid-June. The national teams from all of the top rugby-playing countries in the world--with the exception of South Africa--will take part.
The teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each. The United States will play the other three teams in its group--England, Australia and Japan--in the first round.
The U.S. team, known as the Eagles, will play three preliminary games before departing for Australia.
The first of these games will be played today at 11:30 a.m. at North Field on the UCLA campus. The Eagles will play the Griffins, a Southern California Rugby Football Union all-star team.