Australia and Wales meet in a heavyweight clash and England, Ireland and Scotland all take to the field.
ENGLAND V USA
Eddie Jones’ side made short work of Tonga in their opening Pool C game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Sapporo.
The USA are yet to play so far in Japan, and Jones will hope that lack of match intensity will count in England’s favour in Kobe on September 26th.
It will not be as straightforward as Tonga, with the USA showing some good pre-tournament form, but England can win by a reasonable margin.
ENGLAND WINNING MARGIN 11-20
JAPAN V IRELAND
The tournament hosts got off to a solid start in their opening game, with a 30-10 win over Russia in Chofu.
However it is likely to be a different story against Joe Schmidt’s side in Fukuroi on September 28th.
Ireland are still finding their groove, with a 27-3 win over Scotland glossing over some rustiness in the Irish forward line but they are expected to go hard against the hosts.
IRELAND TO WIN BOTH HALVES
AUSTRALIA V WALES
Wales taking on Australia in Chofu on September 29th is likely to be the game that decides who wins Pool D.
Both looked strong in opening game wins over Georgia and Fiji respectively, and this clash could be a cracker between two high scoring sides.
An interesting one here could be who starts quickest, and Wales led Georgia 19-0 at half time last time out.
WALES LEADING AT HALF TIME
SCOTLAND V SAMOA
Gregor Townsend’s side were seen off 27-3 in their opening game against World No.1’s Ireland, and they need a win against Samoa to stay alive in Pool A. The Samoans are yet to play in Japan, and Scotland will be hoping their poor run of three straight pre-tournament defeats continues Kobe in on September 30th.
Both sides have tended to be low scorers, and that pattern looks set to continue.
SCOTLAND WINNING MARGIN 1-7
Head to Head
England have played and beaten the USA five times. The last time was in October 2007 at the World Cup in France, with a 28-10 win for England.
Japan and Ireland met in 2017, with an Ireland 35-13 win in Tokyo.
Wales and Australia are frequent opponents, competing for the James Bevan Trophy. Wales have won the last two, most recently in a 9-6 victory in November 2018.
Scotland, Ireland and England to win
England should have no trouble seeing off the United States, and Ireland will spoil the occasion for the hosts. Scotland will be pushed by Samoa but can still take a victory, while it’s Wales with the biggest challenge. A half time lead should see Warren Gatland’s side home safely.
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