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England vs USA: Rugby World Cup live scores, blog

26th September, 2019
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England

45

Match Complete

USA

7

82
ENG45 : 7USA

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26th September, 2019
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England

45

Match Complete

USA

7

82A. MacGinty
81B. Campbell
G. Ford76
J. Cokanasiga75
G. Ford68
L. Ludlam66
G. Ford59
R. McConnochie57
J. Cokanasiga47
L. Cowan-Dickie32
G. Ford25
B. Vunipola24
G. Ford6
G. Ford5

7
Tries
1
5
Conversions
1
0
Penalty Goals
0
0
Field Goals
0

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World Cup contenders England lock horns with the USA in Kobe. Join The Roar from for live scores and a blog of the match, from 8:45pm (AEST).

England were rusty in their tournament-opener against Tonga. They finished 35-3 winners, but their ball-handling was poor and they made plenty of errors.

Tonga were gritty and dogged. England will expect and demand a much more clinical performance in their second match.

The United States are yet to play a game. Regardless, Eddie Jones’ men will be heavy favourites against the side ranked 13th in the world.

The Americans have been improving in recent years under their South African coach Gary Gold. But they will need to play out of their skins, and hope England are off, to have any chance of registering an upset.

Jones has rested Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi, with George Ford handed the captaincy. Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell remain unavailable, while Jonny May was injured against Tonga.

There are also starts for Ruaridh McConnochie, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Joe Launchbury.

Ben Youngs, Anthony Watson, Kyle Sinckler and Courtney Lawes will all start on the bench.

It is expected to be hot and humid in Kobe.

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There will be an air of familiarity in this match as the United States have selected eight England-based players in their squad in the shape of Saracens prop Titi Lamositele, Harlequins’ Paul Lasike and the Bedford fullback Will Hooley.

Nineteen-year-old prop David Ainu’u will also start.

The Americans have never beaten England in the five occasions they have met.

In the most recent clash, England recorded a 28-10 win in Lens during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Prediction
England will have too much class, too much smarts and too much power upfront for the Americans to combat successfully.

England by 28 points.

Join The Roar from 8:45pm (AEST) for the play by play.

When: 8:45pm (AEST)
Where: Kobe Misaki Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: England $1.05, Draw $50, United States $20

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Teams
England
15. Elliot Daly, 14. Ruaridh McConnochie, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Piers Francis, 11. Joe Cokanasiga, 10. George Ford (c), 9. Willi Heinz, 8. Billy Vunipola, 7. Lewis Ludlam, 6. Tom Curry, 5. George Kruis, 4. Joe Launchbury, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1. Joe Marler

Replacements: 16. Jack Singleton, 17. Ellis Genge, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Courtney Lawes, 20. Mark Wilson, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Anthony Watson

United States
Will Hooley, Blaine Scully (captain), Marcel Brache, Paul Lasike, Martin Iosefo, AJ MacGinty, Shaun Davies; Cam Dolan, John Quill, Tony Lamborn, Nick Civetta, Ben Landry, Titi Lamositele, Joe Taufete’e, David Ainuu

Reserves: Dylan Fawsitt, Olive Kilifi, Paul Mullen, Greg Peterson, Hanco Germishuys, Ruben de Haas, Bryce Campbell, Mike Te’o

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