For the first time in Russia the USA and Russian teams will hold a test-game of Rugby-13 professionals on Friday at the grand sports arena of the Luzhniki stadium.
As it was disclosed by the organising committee, it will be an important stage of the preparations period for the 2005 World Cup. The game will start with the one minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of the tragic September events in Moscow (1999) and in New York (2001).
It is the third game between the Russian and American teams. In the first two games (1994, 1995) in a tough competition Russia defeated the US team. The question is whether the Russian team will repeat its success at the artificial field of the Luzhniki stadium grand sports arena.
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience