Rugby World Cup 2019: Day 7

Canada Vs Italy

Will we see another upset as Canada tackle Tier 1 minnows Italy in Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium?! For those lucky enough to not have to work today kick off is at 8:45am.

The Italians interestingly have moved their full back, Haywood into 15. I’ve been of the opinion that he’s THE worst full back in international rugby and the literal definition of a kiwi journeyman. How he kept Minozzi to the wing after his 2018 6 Nations performance baffles me so I am delighted to see him return there.

Teams.

England Vs USA

Next up is England Vs 15 Donald Trumps in a heartland of Japanese Rugby and world class beef, Kolbe city. 11:15am kick off.

Dan Cole will play his 91st Test for England becoming the third most capped England men’s player alongside Jonny Wilkinson. Ben Youngs, who is named as a finisher, will join Cole and Wilkinson if he features during the game.

Sale Sharks fly-half AJ MacGinty is named to face England and he will be joined by hooker Joe Taufete’e (Worcester Warriors), prop Titi Lamositele (Saracens), lock Ben Landry (Ealing Trailfinders) and centre Paul Lasike (Harlequins).

The side will be captained by wing Blaine Scully, 31, who previously played for Leicester Tigers and will be featuring in his third World Cup.

  • When? Thursday 26 September
  • Kick-off? 11:45am BST
  • Where? Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
  • Coverage? ITV and Radio 5 live, live updates on englandrugby.com

VIEWS FROM THE CAMP

England head coach Eddie Jones: “USA are a tough, physical team who are extremely well coached by Gary Gold. There are a number of players who our guys know really well and they are a team we respect. They have prepared two weeks with the marines for this game so they will be fit, tough and be playing for the pride of their country.

“They’ve had two weeks prep and they are going to come out all guns blazing, so we are going to have to be on our job because we know they are going to give it everything they’ve got like Tonga did.

“We don’t need to make statements, the World Cup is not about statements, the World Cup is about progressing with an aim in mind and being at your best when you need to be at your best.”

USA head coach Gay Gold: “You need to match fire with fire. When the power and the pace comes from England, we need to have the vigour from a defensive point of view.

“That’s the idea, although it’s a lot easier said than done. We understand the magnitude of what’s coming and we’re excited about it.

“We want to play against teams of the ilk of England because we need to improve. We’ve got massive respect for them — they’re not World Cup contenders for nothing.”

KEY STATS

England and the USA have met five times before with England winning all those games, three of those clashes have come in Rugby World Cup fixtures in 1987, 1991 and 2007.

The last meeting between England and USA was at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, England winning 28-10 in Lens with Olly Barkley scoring 18 of England’s points that day (1 try, 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals).

Owen Farrell’s (England) dad Andy Farrell came off the bench for England the last time they met the USA (2007 Rugby World Cup), a game in which USA legend Taku Ngwenya made his debut for the Eagles.

England have won all 17 of their Rugby World Cup matches against non-Tier 1 opposition, those wins coming by an average margin of 41 points.

The USA have won just three of 25 previous Rugby World Cup matches (L22), a pair of wins over Japan (1987, 2003) and a victory over Russia in 2011.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

  • 1987: England 34-6 USA (Brisbane)
  • 1991: England 37-9 USA (Twickenham)
  • 1999: England 106-8 USA (Twickenham)
  • 2001: England 48-19 USA (San Francisco)
  • 2007: England 28-10 USA (Lens)

Rugby World Cup 2019: Day 5

Day of the Minnow: Russia vs Samoa

Only 4 days after facing hosts Japan, Russia are back in action. This time against Samoa, for whom this is their first game. Needless to say, Russia are a wee bit screwed.

Still, Samoa are the nearest team to them in the rankings, and probably their one and only hope of picking up a win. Well, maybe Scotland…
Possibly the most interesting thing about this game is that it’s being refereed by Poite with Garces on the sideline. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

Please note that this is being broadcast on ITV4. No main channel privileges for these two. It’s tough being a minnow.

Other than that, it’s a quiet day match wise, but there’ll be plenty of team news, etc to digest as we move from the 1st round of games and into round 2, at least for some teams.

Russia

Samoa:

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 19:15 JST , 11:15 UK Time.
Broadcasting starts from 10:45 on ITV4

Referee: Romain Poite
Assistants: Jerome Garces & Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Graham Hughes

Oh, and Grump, don’t forget you’re doing days 6-10!