USA vs Tonga
6:45am Sunday 13th October
Gary Gold has called on World Rugby to prove its dedication by devoting the 2027 Rugby World Cup into the USA to developing the sport.
Gold states Japan are being seen as role models by countries after their World Cup heroics, and considers hosting the tournament provided them with the perfect platform to grow.
For us, theyre an unbelievable role model for numerous reasons and I am discussing the US especially, said Gold ahead of the Americans final game against Tonga on Sunday.
This is the reason why I feel so 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 contender for the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The United States are winless in the last nine World Cup games and Gold said awarding the World Cup to Japan set the foundations for the nation to increase their performances.
Current England coach Eddie Jones led Japan into three successes in the 2015 World Cup, in which they narrowly missed out to the knockout stages.
They knew they had been becoming the Rugby World Cup, said Gold. It was that preparation that gave Eddie the platform to be able to work with the team for 2 months, to choose them to 2015 and for them to do what they did .
Four decades after, for them to become quarter-final contenders is a fairytale come true. It had been mostly having been awarded a Rugby World Cup, although its something that may be done.
To find that 48 per cent of the whole country are watching a game of rugby – it is unbelievable whats happening in the growth of the game in this nation and how much bigger it is going to go as a result of that.
America and Tonga both will be desperate to depart Japan on a winning note when they meet in Osaka.
Whilst flanker Malon Al-Jiboori plays his first game of the championship, the Eagles have recalled Will Hooley at full-back.
Tonga captain Siale Piutau and his last Test may play and the Pacific islanders will be eager to get after moving behind in their 3 matches, an adequate beginning.
While the United States of America have experienced only a turnaround since they went down 47-17 to Argentina, the Tongans came in their final outing.
United States: 15 Will 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 21 Ben Pinkelman 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, 7 Zane Kapeli, 8 Maama Vaipulu.
Replacements: 16 Siua Maile, 17 Vunipola Fifita 19 Dan Faleafa 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua.