Argentina and USA play for pride in Kumagaya

2019-10-09 at 09:30

While a win today may see Argentina claw back some pride, the Pumas will be hugely disappointed with their 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The USA have yet to pick up a point in Japan, having lost their first two matches of the group.

Their heavy defeat against England put paid to their qualification hopes, marking the first time Argentina have failed to make it into the quarter-finals in 16 years.

Having played for over an hour against England a man down following Tomas Lavanini’s dismissal, Argentina unsurprisingly are ringing the changes today.

Head coach Mario Ledesma has made nine changes to the starting line-up as he looks to avert what would be a shock defeat against the Eagles.

While they tailed off in the game’s closing stages, the USA gave a great account of themselves against France in their last match and will look to build upon that performance.