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Bent, theJetsBlog.com: While the Jets don't play in the UK for two weeks, one former Jet is fulfilling an ambition by representing the USA in the Rugby World Cup today in Brighton, England. Ex-tight end Hayden Smith will be in the starting line-up for today's game against Samoa.
While it's a small country, Samoa is a formidable foe because rugby is their national sport. They've played the USA four times and both teams have had wins in four competitive games, but Samoa are definitely heavy favorites. As for the USA's chances of winning the cup? Not good - they lost 74-6 to one of the favorites, New Zealand, in November. Still, you never know. After all, Japan beat South Africa yesterday in what some people are calling one of the greatest upsets in sporting history. That seems oddly fitting on the weekend of a Jets-Colts match-up.
Haydo's game was due to kick off at the same time as this post was scheduled to be published, so if you're lucky you might be able to tune in. With the Jets not playing today that could be a good way to kick off a day of low-stress football.