Blaine Scully will lead USA into Rugby World Cup opener against England

first_imgAmong those is Harlequins centre Paul Lasike, Saracens prop Titi Lamositele and Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty. In total there are five changes to the side that dispatched Canada 20-15 on 7 September, while hooker Joe Taufete’e is hoping to build on his record of scoring 20 tries in 23 caps.The Eagles are based in Okinawa where their training has been hampered by Typhoon Tapah, forcing them to practice at an indoor facility.Gary Gold, the former Bath and Worcester head coach now in charge of the USA, knows his side enter their first Pool D match as heavy underdogs.“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,” Gold said. “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.” Hide Show Wales 43-14 Georgia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – as it happened Quick guide USA team to face England news England rugby union team Rugby union USA rugby union team Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Was this helpful? Cardiff wing Blaine Scully will lead the USA into their World Cup opener against England at Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday. The 31-year-old veteran of 50 Tests spent two years at Leicester until 2015, while there are eight players in the American squad currently attached to Premiership clubs. Rugby World Cup 2019center_img Share on Twitter Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. W Hooley; B Scully (capt), M Brache, P Lasike, M Iosefo; AJ MacGinty, S Davies; D Ainuu, J Taufete’e, T Lamositele, B Landry, N Civetta, T Lamborn, J Quill, C Dolan.Replacements: D Fawsitt, O Kilifi, P Mullen, G Peterson, H Germishuys, R de Haas, B Campbell, M Te’o. Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Rugby World Cuplast_img

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