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The AMNRL and the Russian Rugby League are finalising plans for coming internationals in both the USA and Russia for season 2002.
The Tomahawks will take on the Russian Bears in a one off international in Philadelphia to be scheduled around the July 4 holiday and be the second visit by the Russian National Team to American soil. The first being back in 1994 in San Francisco when the Bears beat the USA by 17-12 at Kezar Stadium, the old home of the San Francisco 49ers NFL Team
The USA will make it's first ever trip to Russia in Mid September for two internationals in Kazan and Moscow and details of all matches are being finalised and made public shortly. The last fixture between the two nations was during the 1995 Energing Nations World Cup in England when the Bears won a nail biter by one point in Warrington
The two nations have met a number of times at the World Sevens in Sydney with the USA having the better of those contests each time
With the Tomahawks having already beating the Ireland and Japanese National teams this year and the Russian Rugby League Competition developing rapidly this contest may well become a huge match up on the RLIF's international calendar this year and beyond.