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American team is at 5,000-1 odds of winning it all

The Eagles have no small challenge awaiting them in this year's Rugby World Cup championship, writes Peter Lion.

Updated: August 27, 2007, 12:03 PM ET
By Peter Lion | ESPN.com

Let there be no mistake -- not many rugby fans are expecting Colorado's Eagles to fly very far while representing the U.S. in the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which will take place Sept. 7 to Oct. 20 in France. Following a 52-10 drumming to Canada in the Barclays Churchill Cup Bowl final in June, the Americans are now 15th in the world rankings, leaving little doubt that their quest for the Webb Ellis Cup -- as the trophy is officially known -- will be an uphill battle.

That battle ...

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