The All Blacks have slipped into Chicago virtually unnoticed for their historic clash with the United States.
The world’s most successful rugby team has not proven newsworthy in Chicago with none of the city’s main media outlets featuring them today, less than six days out from their game against the US Eagles.
Just three local journalists reportedly turned up to the team’s first media opportunity.
The massive Soldier Field stadium is officially sold out, meaning a crowd of 61,500 will attend the match at the home of the Chicago Bears American football team.
The city’s NFL franchise is dominating the local sports headlines after suffering a humiliating 51-23 road loss to the New England Patriots.
With the spotlight on the Bears, rugby will have to fight for space as the All Blacks make their first appearance in the United States since 1980, with the sport desperate to make an impact.
It’s the silly season in American sport at the moment. The country is digesting a fascinating World Series baseball tangle between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, and the NBA basketball season is about to start with the Chicago Bulls facing three games before rugby’s big match in the city.
The city’s national ice hockey franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks, also face three games that will be considered more important than the rugby.