Argentina vs USA Rugby : Argentina and the USA go head to head in Kumagaya this Wednesday with nothing on the line but pride. The Pumas’ failure to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years was confirmed by France’s win over Tonga on Sunday.
As for the US, Gary Gold’s men have yet to pick up a point at the Rugby World Cup, having lost their first two matches of the group.
Gold has made five changes from the starting line-up that gave France a scare. Wing Blaine Scully will captain the Eagles for the 31st time, overtaking Daniel Lyle in the process.
Meanwhile, record point-scorer Nicolas Sanchez returns for Argentina after being dropped from the match-day 23 that lost to England 39-10 on Saturday.
Can I stream it?
You can live stream the match via the ITV Hub on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Alternatively, ITV4 will be providing coverage.
When is it?
Argentina vs USA kicks off at 5.45am BST (1.45pm Japan Standard Time) on Wednesday 9 October.
Argentina end their Rugby World Cup campaign when they run out against USA in Kumagaya City on Wednesday.
It may have been a different story had they managed to get over the line in their opening encounter but a narrow defeat to France means that Argentina won’t progress to the quarter-finals.
Instead they’re left to take on a a side yet to win at the tournament and as a result the South Americans are 1/12 favourites while their North American opposition are 9/1. The Handicap has Argentina (-21.5) vs USA (+21.5) is at 9/10 and Argentina (-22.5) vs USA (+20.5) is at evens.
It’s been some time since these sides last met with the last fixture played in Buenos Aires in 2003. In eight encounters the Argentinians have come out on top in all of them. In their last meeting the Pumas won 42-8.
But not too much separates them when it comes to the World Rankings with Argentina sitting as the 10th best side in the world while the USA are ranked 13th on the standings.