Argentina and the usA. have each already been eradicated from the Rugby World Cup, however there will probably be greater than pleasure at stake when the 2 groups meet in Kumagaya on Wednesday.
Los Pumas are third in Pool C behind already-qualified England and France after shedding to each groups and beating Tonga, whereas the Eagles are backside of the group after shedding each of their video games up to now.
A win for Argentina will mathematically guarantee a third-place end, which is able to assure automated qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Third spot within the pool continues to be mathematically throughout the U.S.’s attain, however Gary Gold’s males should win their remaining two video games.
Considering the Eagles have by no means gained a couple of recreation in the identical match—they recorded solitary wins in 1987, 2003 and 2011—and that they’ve by no means defeated Argentina in eight conferences, that’s simpler mentioned than carried out.
The U.S. misplaced 45-7 towards England of their opening recreation once they had John Quill despatched off after 70 minutes for a shoulder-charge sort out towards England’s fly-half Owen Farrell, earlier than falling 33-9 towards France final week.
The Eagles have by no means completed third in a World Cup pool earlier than and fly-half A.J. MacGinty insisted the gamers nonetheless imagine they will win their remaining two video games in Japan.
“A single win is massive and it can come in this game,” he mentioned in a press convention on Tuesday.
“It’s huge for us as a team and the stamp we want to put on American rugby’s legacy but also the growth of the game in America […] A third-place finish is something that’s never been done. For us, as a group, that’s a massive motivational thing.”
Argentina’s slim hopes of reaching the quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive World Cup, in the meantime, have been extinguished by a 39-10 defeat to England in Tokyo on Saturday.
Lock Tomas Lavanini was red-carded with simply 19 minutes performed and his workforce 5-Three down, leaving the South Americans with an unlimited mountain to climb.
Coupled with a slim 23-21 defeat towards France within the opening recreation, the loss to England spelled the top of Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for the following spherical.
Los Pumas’ solely win of the match up to now got here of their second recreation group as they gained 28-12 towards Tonga, who the U.S. will face within the last recreation of Pool C on Sunday.
When and the place is the sport?
Argentina takes on the U.S. at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Kumagaya on Wednesday, October 9.
Kick-off is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. native time (12:45 a.m. ET).
The enviornment has already hosted two World Cup video games, with Samoa beating Russia 34-9 on September 24 and Georgia defeating Uruguay 33-7 5 days later.
The recreation will probably be reside each on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold.
NBCSN will broadcast a complete of 26 video games reside all through the match, whereas all 48 Rugby World Cup video games will probably be broadcast solely within the U.S. by NBC Sports Gold. Fans can buy a single match cross for $29.99, or a Rugby World Cup cross for $199.99.
An all-access premium package deal, which incorporates all 48 matches reside and on-demand in addition to season-long entry to Rugby Pass for the 2019-20 season, is available in at $229.99.
Fans can comply with the motion in a number of methods. Live streams will probably be accessible through NBCSportsGold.com and NBC will broadcast the matches on desktop, cell pill and linked units.
Live streams can even be accessible through Apple and Android units, in addition to Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Argentina and the U.S. have met eight instances, with Los Pumas successful on every event.
Wednesday’s recreation will mark the primary time the 2 groups have crossed paths on the Rugby World Cup.
According to Oddschecker, Argentina is an 11/100 favourite, whereas the U.S. is a 15/2 underdog and the draw is at 55/1.