After England’s opening game 35 – 3 victory over Tonga, they now face their next highest ranked opponent in Pool C - the USA (ranked 12th).
England and the USA have met five times before, and England won all the games, three of these clashes were Rugby World Cup fixtures in 1987, 1991 and 2007.
The last meeting between England and USA was during the 2007 Rugby World Cup when England won 28-10 in Lens, with Olly Barkley scoring 18 of England’s points that day (1 try, 2 conversions, and 3 penalty goals). In the same 2007 game Owen Farrell’s dad Andy Farrell came off the bench for England in the same game which saw USA legend Taku Ngwenya make his debut for the Eagles.
England has won all 17 of their Rugby World Cup matches against non-Tier 1 opposition, those wins coming by an average margin of 41 points.
In 1995 USA’s ranking was looking good but took a blow in the following years when they turned professional. The USA has won just three of 25 previous Rugby World Cup matches, two wins over Japan in 1987 and 2003, and a victory over Russia in 2011.