USA vs Tonga
6:45am Sunday 13th October
Gary Gold has called to prove its commitment to developing the game by awarding the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
Gold says Japan are being seen as role models by tier-two countries after their World Cup heroics, also believes hosting the showpiece tournament supplied them with the ideal platform to develop.
For us, they are an incredible role model for numerous reasons and Im talking about the united states particularly, said Gold before the Americans final game against Tonga on Sunday.
This is the reason why I feel very strongly that when World Rugby really do want to grow the game – as they claim they want to – then the USA has to be a competitor for the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The United States are winless in the last nine World Cup games and Gold stated awarding the World Cup to Japan set the foundations for the country to enhance their performances on the world stage.
Current England coach Eddie Jones led Japan into three victories in which they narrowly missed out on the knockout stages.
They knew that they had been getting the Rugby World Cup, said Gold. It was preparation that gave Eddie the stage to have the ability to work with the group for 2 months, to carry them to 2015 and also for them to do what they did .
Four decades after, for them to become quarter-final contenders is a fairytale come true. It but it was off the back of them having been given a Rugby World Cup.
To find that 48 percent of the entire nation are seeing a game of rugby – its unbelievable whats happening in the increase of the game in this country and just how much bigger its going to go because of this
Tonga and America will be more desperate to depart Japan on a winning note when they meet in Osaka.
The Eagles have remembered Will Hooley in full-back, whilst flanker Malon Al-Jiboori and his first game of the championship play.
Tonga captain Siale Piutau and his last Test can play for his state and the Pacific islanders will probably be keen for after going behind in their past three matches, an adequate beginning.
While the United States of America have experienced a turnaround since they moved down 47-17 to Argentina the Tongans came near disturbing France in their final outing.
United States: 15 May Hooley, 14 Blaine Scully (c), 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 Paul Lasike, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Ruben de Haas; 1 Eric Fry, 2 Joe Taufetee, 3 Titi Lamositele, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Nick Civetta, 6 Tony Lamborn, 7 Malon Al Jiboori, 8 Cam Dolan.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Olive Kilifi 19 Ben Landry, 20 Hanco Germishuys, 21 Ben Pinkelman, 22 Nate Augspurger, 23 Mike Teo.
Tonga: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Atieli Pakalani, 13 Malietoa Hingano, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Viliami Lolohea, 10 James Faiva, 9 Sonatane Takulua; 1 Siegfried Fisiihoi, two Paula Ngauamo, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 4 Sam Lousi, 5 Halaleva Fifita, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, seven Zane Kapeli, 8 Maama Vaipulu.
Replacements: 23 David Halaifonua, 16 Siua Maile, 17 Vunipola Fifita, 18 Maafu Fia, 19 Dan Faleafa 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Latiume Fosita.
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