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- Former England international Andy Goode says the USA could frighten some teams at the Rugby World Cup, but it shouldn’t pose a threat to England.
- The USA takes on England, who beat Tonga 35-3 on Sunday, in its tournament opener on Thursday.
- “There is an expectation that [USA] will be beaten by England in round 2,” Goode told Business Insider. “They’ll be targeting Argentina. They’ll be targeting the Tonga game and possibly the French.”
- England coach Eddie Jones will make 10 changes to his side for the USA game, including dropping key men Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi, according to the BBC.
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The USA national rugby team may frighten some teams at the World Cup in Japan, but it shouldn’t pose a threat to England, says former international star Andy Goode.
The USA take on England, who disposed of Tonga 35-3 on Sunday, in its first game of the tournament on Thursday at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Hyogo-ku.
The clash is the first of USA’s four Pool C games, with Gary Gold’s side facing off against France, Argentina, and finally Tonga over the next three weeks to wrap up the group stages.
Gold, who has coached at club level in England with Bath and the Newcastle Falcons, told Reuters his side will “relish the challenge” of taking on England, and that the team is ready to “go out and show we can compete” against some of the world’s best.
However, Goode believes the Americans should, and will, be looking beyond the clash with Eddie Jones’ side, as it is here they are most likely to pick up points.
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“To be fair to the USA, they are going to frighten teams in terms of how they are going to play,” G
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