Fri 11 Oct 2019 | 08:45

Gold reveals hand for Tonga clash

Gold reveals hand for Tonga clash
Fri 11 Oct 2019 | 08:45
Gold reveals hand for Tonga clash
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: USA coach Gary Gold has made just three changes to his starting XV for the Pool C match against Tonga in Hanazono on Sunday, despite the four-day turnaround from the 17-47 defeat to Argentina.

“For us, not winning a game here at the World Cup, we’ll see as a huge negative,” said Will Hooley, who comes in at fullback after making an impact off the bench against Argentina, his first appearance since suffering a concussion in the USA’s opening game.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down, recognise where we went wrong and be better for Sunday.

“We deserve to have a big performance hopefully with that we can get a result.”

Nick Civetta returns to start in the second row, while Malon Al-Jiboori will get his first taste of tournament action at openside flank.

Scrumhalf Ruben de Haas keeps his place after a good performance on his 21st birthday.

If hooker James Hilterbrand appears as a replacement, he will be the 31st and final member of the USA squad to get game time at World Cup 2019.

USA: 15 Will Hooley, 14 Blaine Scully (captain), 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 Paul Lasike, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Ruben de Haas, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Malon Al-Jiboori, 6 Tony Lamborn, 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Joe Taufete’e, 1 Eric Fry.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Olive Kilifi, 18 Paul Mullen, 19 Ben Landry, 20 Hanco Germishuys, 21 Ben Pinkelman, 22 Nate Augspurger, 23 Mike Te’o.

Date: Sunday, October 13
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka City
Kick-off: 14.45 (01.45 USA-Eastern time; 05.45 GMT; 18.45 Tonga time)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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