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The All Blacks' first visit to the United States in 34 years is set to shatter the rugby attendance record in America and, hopefully, pique interest in the game Stateside. Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, is sold-out for the one-off Test on Saturday, promising an historic crowd of 61,000-plus that will more than treble the previous record rugby crowd of 20,181 for a United States match against Ireland in Houston in 2013. Regardless of the outcome, it's a milestone moment for a USA Rugby federation keen to raise the profile of the game in the crowded US sports landscape. "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the global game of rugby to American sports fans," said USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville, a former England captain.
Rival army factions were tussling over the future of Burkina Faso on Friday after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Army chief Navere Honore Traore announced he was assuming power after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze. Speaking before large crowds in the Place de la Nation, site of some of the week's fiercest clashes, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, second in command of the presidential guard, said a "transitional body" would be established to restore constitutional order. The uprising, which has drawn parallels with the Arab Spring, was sparked by plans to change the constitution to allow Compaore to stand once again for elections next year.