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Cold War rivalry replayed on rugby field

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A USA fan and a Russia fan at the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the USA at Stadium Taramaki on September 15, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the USA at Stadium Taramaki on September 15, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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A fan of the U.S. waits for the start of the Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the U.S. at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 15, 2011.

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Russia fans cheer on their team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the USA at Stadium Taramaki on September 15, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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A fan of the U.S. waits for the start of the Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the U.S. at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 15, 2011.

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A USA fan attends the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the USA at Stadium Taramaki on September 15, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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John van der Giessen.left, of USA gathers the loose ball as Denia Antonov of Russia and Hayden Smith of USA contest a lineout during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the USA at Stadium Taramaki on September 15, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

 Nice to see some USA fans made the long journey, half-way around the world, to cheer on their team. They were rewarded with a win, as the USA beat Russia 13- 6. The USA won it's third match of the tournament and will play two-time champion Australia on Sept. 23. Full game story.