USA World Cup Rugby betting preview
USA are rated 2000-1 outsiders of winning the Rugby World Cup in Japan, while they are a healthy 500-1 just to win Pool C, in which they sit alongside rugby powers England, France and Argentina, plus old foes Tonga.
The good news for the Eagles is they boast a win against Tonga and also a win against France. The bad news is that the win against the latter came almost 100 years ago!
Our betting prediction is the USA’s best and most likely only chance of a win at this World Cup will come against the powerful Tongans, with the loser likely to leave Japan winless.
Where USA will finish in the 2019 Rugby World Cup
WGL prediction: Eliminated in group stage. The Eagles have ended up in a strong group here and realistically they have little chance against England, Argentina and France. Their best hope of cracking a rare World Cup win is in their final match against Tonga and even that will be tough.
Previous best World Cup result: Group stages
USA’s remaining pre-World Cup fixtures
September 7: Canada v USA, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
USA’s Rugby World Cup draw
Match 12: England v United States, Thursday, Sep 26, Pool C, Kobe Misaki Stadium
Match 19: France v United States, Wednesday, Oct 2, Pool C, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Match 30: Argentina v United States, Wednesday, Oct 9, Pool C, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Match 38: United States v Tonga, Sunday, Oct 13, Pool C, Hanazono Rugby Stadium
USA’s most recent results
August 10: Japan 34 d USA 20, Pacific Nations Cup, ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji
August 3: USA 13 d Samoa 10, Pacific Nations Cup, ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji
July 27: USA 47 d Canada 19, Pacific Nations Cup, Infinity Park, Denver
March 8: USA 30 d Canada 25, Americas Rugby Championship, Starfire Sports, Washington
March 2: Uruguay 32 d USA 25, Americas Rugby Championship, Starfire Sports, Washington
February 23: USA 33 d Brazil 28, Americas Rugby Championship, Dell Diamond, Texas
February 9: Argentina XV 45 d USA 14, Americas Rugby Championship, Marabunta Rugby Club
February 2: USA 71 d Chile 8, Americas Rugby Championship, Chile Estadio Santiago Bueras
USA’s record against Pool C rivals
England: Played 5: won 0, lost 5. Points for: 52, Points against: 253
France: Played 7: won 1, lost 6. Points for: 93, Points against: 181
Argentina: Played 8: won 0, lost 8. Points for: 119, Points against: 247
Tonga: Played 9: won 1, lost 8. Points for: 134, Points against: 241
USA squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Coach: Gary Gold
Forwards: David Ainu’u, Malon Al-Jiboori, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Cam Dolan, Dylan Fawsitt, Eric Fry, Hanco Germishuys, James Hilterbrand, Olive Kilifi, Tony Lamborn, Titi Lamositele, Ben Landry, Paul Mullen, Gregor Peterson, Ben Pinkelman, John Quill, Joseph Taufete’e
Backs: Blaine Scully, Nate Augspurger, Marcel Brache, Bryce Campbell, Shaun Davies, Ruben De Haas, Will Hooley, Martin Iosefo, Paul Lasike, AJ MacGinty, Will Magie, Thretton Palamo, Mike Te’o.
Leading try-scorer prediction for USA
Joe Taufete’e: We will look outside the square here and go for 121-kilo hooker Taufete’e. While it’s usually the fast and elusive outside backs who take all the glory this American Samoa-born player has a tremendous knack for scoring tries, with 20 in only 22 matches for his national team.
USA RWC’19 predictions – can the Eagles soar?
Not this time around, though they are improving all the time and pushed Scotland all the way in a 30-29 loss last year. A great result would be avoiding thrashings in their first three matches and then beating Tonga to round out the campaign.
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