The U.S.A. hopes to finish its Rugby World Cup on a excessive when it takes on Tonga within the ultimate recreation of Pool C on Sunday.
The Eagles have to date misplaced every of their three video games, dropping 45-7 to England of their opening match and falling 33-9 to France of their second recreation. On Wednesday, the Americans racked up a 3rd straight defeat as they had been hammered 47-17 by Argentina.
The defeat ended the U.S.’ already slim hopes of ending third forward of Los Pumas and incomes computerized qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which has been clinched by Argentina as an alternative.
More worryingly for the Americans, it leaves them gazing a second consecutive World Cup and not using a win for the primary time since they did not win a single recreation in 1991 and 1999—the Eagles didn’t qualify in 1995.
Eagles fullback Will Hooley admitted ending the event and not using a win can be a significant step again for the crew.
“For us, not winning a game here at the World Cup, we’ll see as a huge negative,” the 25-year-old mentioned in his press convention on Friday.
“We’ve bought to mud ourselves down, acknowledge the place we went improper and be higher for Sunday.
“We should have a giant efficiency, hopefully with that we are able to get a outcome.”
Hooley suffered a concussion in opposition to England and missed the sport in opposition to France, however regarded very sharp as he got here off the bench in opposition to Argentina.
His cameo was rewarded with a beginning spot on Sunday and the fullback is certainly one of simply three modifications U.S. coach Gary Gold has made forward of the sport in opposition to Tonga, regardless of a four-day turnaround.
Along with Hooley, Nick Civetta reclaims his spot within the second row, whereas openside flanker Malon Al-Jiboori makes his first look of the event.
Tonga, which is 15th on the planet—two spots under the Eagles—can be searching for its first win at this World Cup. The Pacific Islanders misplaced 35-Three to England and 28-12 in opposition to Argentina however earned a dropping bonus factors in opposition to France, giving Les Bleus a significant scare as they misplaced 23-21.
Tonga has received at the least one recreation at every World Cup, aside from 1987 and 2011.
Here’s all you could know forward of Sunday.
When and the place is the sport?
The U.S. tackle Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka City on Sunday, October 13.
Kick-off is scheduled for two:45 p.m. native time (1:45 a.m. ET).
Located within the Osaka Prefecture on Honshu, the primary island of Japan, the stadium has already hosted three video games on the event.
Italy beat Namibia 47-22 in its opening recreation on September 22, earlier than Tonga los 28-12 to Argentina six days later and Fiji thrashed Georgia 45-10 earlier this month.
The recreation will likely be stay each on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold.
NBCSN will broadcast a complete of 26 video games stay all through the event, whereas all 48 Rugby World Cup video games will likely 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 stay 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 observe the motion in a number of methods. Live streams will likely be out there by way of NBCSportsGold.com and NBC will broadcast the matches on desktop, cell pill and related units.
Live streams may also be out there by way of Apple and Android units, in addition to Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
The U.S. and Tonga have met 9 instances, with the Eagles profitable simply as soon as and the Pacific Islanders profitable the remaining eight video games.
The two groups have crossed paths on the Rugby World Cup earlier than, with Tonga profitable 25-15 in 2007.
According to Oddschecker, Tonga is a 14/25 favourite, whereas the U.S. is a 19/10 underdog and the draw is at 21/1.