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The Step Forward: Rugby World Cup Day Twenty

09th October 2019

Rugby has never been a national sport in the USA and the Eagles are still waiting for a major step forward on the world stage


Argentina 47-17 USA

Both teams came into this match knowing they’d missed their chance of making the quarter final, but there was still plenty at stake. Third place in the group guarantees qualification for the 2023 World Cup, and for the USA that would represent their best ever tournament finish.

USA fly half AJ McGinty summed up what it would mean to the team in pre-match interview:

"It's huge for us as a team and the stamp we want to put on American rugby's legacy but also the growth of the game in America. A third-place finish is something that's never been done. For us, as a group, that's a massive motivational thing."

The USA were motivated enough to put in a creditable performance today, running in three tries in an entertaining match played in an excellent spirit. No third place, then, but still one more chance to register a win in the tournament in Sunday’s match with Tonga.

It's not easy to take a major step forward on the international stage. Our clients know that as well as the USA rugby team. You need to keep working, keep believing and, crucially, put your trust in the right partners.


Rugby as we know it was first played in England in 1823 and its popularity quickly spread throughout English-speaking countries in the British Empire. By that time of course the United States had seized independence, so rugby never became a national sport there as it did in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Argentina (19) 47

Tries: Sanchez, Tuculet (2), Mallia (2), De La Fuente, Bertranou

Cons:  Sanchez (5) Urdapilleta

USA (5) 17

Tries: Scully (2), Lasike

Con: MacGinty


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