After Sunday’s solid, yet somewhat error-strewn, 35-3 win over Tonga, Eddie Jones has rung the changes for England’s second game of the World Cup Campaign, as he looks to deal with the very short turnaround between games.
George Ford will captain a side which sees only five of the players who started on Sunday, present, with World Cup debuts handed to centre Piers Francis, and wingers Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga.
Billy Vunipola will add some much-needed familiarity to the side, on course for his 11th consecutive Test match at number eight, having started all of England’s warm up games for this World Cup campaign, as well as five Six Nations outings last season. His presence will surely act as a calming influence for those less experienced around him.
With this being USA’s first match of the tournament, Jones has already stated he sees this match as a physical battle, especially after they have trained for two weeks with the marines. The stats are in England’s favour, they have never lost to the USA and this starting XV will not want a defeat on their record, especially since they will be striving for a full-time place in the starting line up.
This match also brings added value to Ben Youngs and Dan Cole, who will equal Jonny Wilkinson’s England cap record of 91, meaning that they will be tied in third place on the all-time caps list for England.
Current Odds with bet365
England to win: 1/200
USA to win: 20/1
Current Odds with Betfred
England to win: 1/80
USA to win: 66/1
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