The USA rugby team takes on France in a group stage match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (10/2/19) at Level-5 Stadium in Fukuoka, Japan, at 3 a.m. EDT.
France is not about to start talking up its Rugby World Cup chances just because it beat Argentina, and the players are in a modest frame of mind heading into the match against the United States on Wednesday.
Victory in Fukuoka will keep France on track for one of the top two spots in Pool C, but the Tricolors have been so inconsistent in recent years that confidence remains fragile.
“We’re not one to say that, against such and such a team, we’re going to take an attacking bonus point,” flyhalf Camille Lopez said.
His dropped goal sealed a dramatic 23-21 win against 2015 semifinalist Argentina in a game many commentators tipped France to lose. In that match, France showed glimpses of its old flair to lead 20-3 at halftime, but then a familiar pattern unfolded as nerves took over.
“We finished the match giving 14 fouls away and, by miracle, we won,” Lopez said. “Normally you lose when you make so many mistakes. It went our way; good for us.”
Lopez is one of 12 changes to the French starting lineup to take on a U.S. team which lost its opening game to England 45-7.
Their qualification for the next round and their odds of 1/25 suggest that this may be something of a formality.
France will look to long-serving number eight Louis Picamoles for inspiration as he captains his country for the first time against the United States in the World Cup’s ‘group of death’.Les Bleus squeaked home 23-21 against Argentina in their first match and are hoping to press their advantage in the ultra-competitive Pool C, which also includes England, who beat the United States 45-7.
Coach Jacques Brunel has rung the chances for the clash in Fukuoka, on the southwestern tip of Japan, with only three players surviving from the nail-biting win over the Pumas.Fly-half Camille Lopez, whose drop goal broke Pumas hearts, starts at 10, preferred this time to young gun Romain Ntamack.
The Americans on the other hand will be looking to put on a better display than in their opener when they were despatched 45-7 by England a few days ago. The USA are offered at 14/1 to spring a surprise at the end of 80 minutes.
You have to go back over a decade for the last time these sides with France winning 39-31 during a tour to the States in 2004. These teams also met in the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and on that occasion the French ran out comfortable 41-14 winners.
These teams also share a unique piece of history. In 1924 the USA inflicted defeat on the French, the only time they’ve beaten this competition, at the Olympics in Paris. It was the last time that the 15-man version was played at the showpiece event.You’ve going to have to go to the spreads if you are wanting to make a profit from this encounter and you can get 22/10 on France by 1-15 in the Exact Winning Margin market. There’s 4/1 on France by 44+ and 16/1 on France by 24 or France by 25.
On the Winning Margin Spread, France 21-25 is at 11/2 and you can take 6/1 on France 16-20 or France 26-30. France 11-15 is 13/2.
As far as the Anytime Tryscorer goes, Alivereti Raka is at 6/10 and the same for Yoann Huget. Gael Fickou is at 21/20 to cross the whitewash while Camille Chat and Gregory Alldritt are at 13/10 along with Guilhem Guirado and Sofiane Guitone are also at the same price. Fickou scored in the French victory against Argentina in their opening match of the tournament.
You can get 9/20 on France to lead after 20 minutes and 4/1 for the USA to be in front at that period of the match.