India’s top tier of Super Rugby will be the first to be held in the United States, and the country’s players are already preparing to take on the top competition.
On Wednesday, the national team will take on England in New York to kick off their World Cup campaign.
The match is the first time that India will face England, and many will be hoping to see the two teams face off in the future.
Indian Super Rugby (ISR) has been held annually since 1992.
It is a four-team competition, with the top three sides from each of the five nations playing each other in a knockout stage.
The teams are divided into two divisions: Division I is for teams from the lowest league in India, while Division II is for the top two teams.
The top two sides in each division advance to the knockout stage, where they face off against each other for the right to face England.
India, who finished sixth in the World Cup standings, has qualified for the World Twenty20 next summer.
The tournament is scheduled to take place from June 27 to August 3, but a few key players are likely to miss the tournament as they prepare for the Olympics in Brazil in 2020.
Among the players who could be absent from the team, there is a chance that All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary General N Srinivasan could be called into action, which would likely give the Indian team a much needed boost in form.
The AIFF’s President Shabnam Chaudhary has said that the AIFF will consider the possibility of N Srisanand taking part in the tournament, but he has not ruled out the possibility that the India-England match will be postponed due to the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
In November, Srinivansa also said that India has not been offered any offers for players, but that the country would consider any offer it receives.
India will have two matches against England this year, which are scheduled for August and September.
With the World Cups being held this year in Australia and New Zealand, there will be no chance of any major matches in the Americas this summer.
While India will be without its top players, the team is set to bring back a few stars from the 2015 World Cup, including skipper Virat Kohli and two-time winner Arun Kumar.
Kohli and Kumar, both of whom have played in the last two World Cups, are set to play in the team’s last game, against South Africa on Friday.
Kohl will be playing in his 10th Super Rugby season, while Kumar has played in eight of them.
He has scored 12 tries in nine games for the Lions this season, including two tries in the first-half.
Kumar will be looking to cement his place in the record books, as the India captain will be one of only four players to score 100 caps for his country.
He is the only Indian captain to score more than 50 tries, which is a record that India currently holds, while only five players have scored more caps than Kumar, who is set for his 100th cap in the match against South African.
The Lions are currently in seventh position in the rankings, which could be a major boost for the team if the team can pull off a upset in New England.
The next game of the Super Rugby World Cup will take place on Friday, March 12, in New Orleans.