Coming off a momentous win against Scotland, the Americans are building in the right direction.


USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Little chance of progressing from their Rugby World Cup pool, but could make life awkward for the fancied nations. They’ve only lost one of ten Tests in the last year – a run that includes historic wins over Scotland and Samoa.

How They Qualified

The US beat Canada in a two match play-off with an aggregate score of 80-44.

Key Players

Cam Dolan is a leader while Worcester hooker Joe Taufete’e has been in domineering form this year. AJ MacGinty and Blaine Scully are other Europe-based lynchpins.

On the move: Samu Manoa has recently moved from Toulon to Cardiff Blues (Getty Images)

The Coach – Gary Gold

The well-travelled South African, an assistant Springboks coach at RWC 2011, took over from John Mitchell last winter after a stint at Worcester. So far he has the Midas touch.

Takeover: After assuming the reins of the Eagles from John Mitchell, Gold has made significant improvements (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

The advent of Major League Rugby means USA now have a full squad of pro players. Gold’s task is to mould the different playing styles that exist across such a vast nation.

USA Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 27 July 2019: USA 47-19 Canada
  • Saturday 3 August 2019: USA 13-10 Samoa
  • Saturday 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 Japan

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

USA Rugby World Cup Group

USA are in Group C alongside England, France, Argentina and Tonga.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Shark: AJ MacGinty of the USA and Sale (Getty Images)

USA Rugby World Cup Squad

The USA have named their wider training squad for the tournament:

Forwards (25):
David Ainu’u
Eric Fry
Olive Kilifi
Titi Lamositele
Paul Mullen
Paddy Ryan
Chance Wenglewski
Dylan Fawsitt
Mike Sosene-Feagai
James Hilterbrand
Kapeli Pifeleti
Joe Taufete’e
Nate Brakeley
Nick Civetta
Ben Landry
Samu Manoa
Greg Peterson
Malon Al-Jiboori
Cam Dolan
Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz
Hanco Germishuys
Tony Lamborn
Ben Pinkelman
John Quill
Psalm Wooching.

Backs (15):
Nate Augspurger
Shaun Davies
Ruben de Haas
AJ MacGinty
Will Magie
Bryce Campbell
Martin Iosefo
Paul Lasike
Thretton Palamo
Marcel Brache
Will Hooley
Madison Hughes
Gannon Moore
Blaine Scully
Mike Te’o.

Extended group (10):
Dino Waldren
Siaosi Mahoni
Louis Stanfill
Ross Deacon
Riekert Hattingh
David Tameilau
Mike Petri
Ben Cima
Ryan Matyas
Tim Maupin.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

USA’s Rugby World Cup Record: P25 W3 D0 L22

  • 1987 Pool stages
  • 1991 Pool stages
  • 1999 Pool stages
  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages

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