The USA will face Argentina on Wednesday, October 09 at Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya. The match will be the final RWC 2019 match for the Pumas, while the Eagles play Tonga on Sunday in a short turnaround. Kick-Off is at 13:45 local (12:45 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on
NBC Sports Network or on demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada.
France held off a comeback by Tonga for a 23-21 Pool C win at Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto City on Sunday, 6 October to qualify for the Cup Quarterfinals and is in second place in Pool C with a 3-0 record and 13 points. England tops the standings with 15 points. Argentina is in third place with a 1-2 record and 6 points.
While a win by Argentina will qualify the team for the RWC 2023, the USA could claim third place with wins over Argentina and Tonga. An Argentina non-bonus point loss to the USA and a Tonga bonus-point win over the USA would have Argentina claiming third place based on their head to head win over Tonga.
Gary Gold makes three changes to his starting XV with scrum-half Ruben de Haas making his first RWC start for the USA after being a replacement against England and France.
The two other changes include Greg Peterson at lock and Paul Lasike at center. Nick Civetta and Shaun Davies are not part of the matchday 23, while Martin Iosefo is a reserve.
Cam Dolan will earn his 50th cap as a starter.
Head Coach Mario Ledesma has made nine changes in the starting XV, with Nicolás Sánchez at flyhalf and Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who will make his first start in RWC 2019 and play in his fourth World Cup, is at flanker.
Otherwise, the Pumas lineup is young, as the team already was eliminated from advancing to the Cup quarterfinals.
USA: 1 Eric Fry, 2 Joe Taufete’e, 3 Titi Lamositele, 4 Nate Brakeley, 5 Greg Peterson, 6 Tony Lamborn, 7 Hanco Germishuys, 8 Cam Dolan, 9 Ruben de Haas, 10 AJ MacGinty, 11 Marcel Brache, 12 Paul Lasike, 13 Bryce Campbell, 14 Blaine Scully (capt.), 15 Mike Te’o 16 Dylan Fawsitt, 17 Olive Kilifi, 18 Paul Mullen, 19 Ben Landry, 20 Ben Pinkelman, 21 Nate Augspurger, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Martin Iosefo
Argentina: 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julián Montoya, 3 Santiago Medrano, 4 Guido Petti, 5 Matías Alemanno, 6 Pablo Matera (capt.), 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 11 Santiago Carreras, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 13 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Bautista Delguy, 15 Joaquín Tuculet 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamín Urdapilleta, 23 Matías Moroni
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistants: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) & Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)