England vs USA LIVE: Eddie Jones wants a fast start in Rugby World Cup Pool C clash
England vs USA – Rugby World Cup
- England 45-7 USA
- George Ford powers through for first try
- Billy Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Joe Cockanasiga (2) all make it over the line as well
- Ruaridh McConnochie adds a fifth try as England dominate before John Quill is sent off for the USA
- Bruce Campbell scores a try at the end of the match
FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 45-7 USA
81: USA TRY AND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 45-7 USA
Bryce Campbell gets the USA on the scoresheet right at the end in quite a manic last phase of play.
Thoroughly entertaining and breathless stuff.
England vs USA LIVE: The first red card as brandished
75: ENGLAND TRY AND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 45-0 USA
Joe Cockanasiga gets his second try of the game after a powerful run which the USA simply cannot live with. There’s some tired legs out there now.
George Ford converts again.
74: A bit scrappy now with a lot of changes on both teams. England will be happy enough with the score though.
They will want to make an impact now they have an extra man.
69: USA RED CARD – John Quill
Horrific, just horrific. Owen Farrell is absolutely nailed by John Quill illegally.
The USA player has his arms by his side and completely body checks Farrell high. Seriously dangerous and rightly a red card after a TMO review.
England vs USA LIVE: Jonathan Joseph impresses for England
66: ENGLAND TRY AND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 38-0 USA
The combination of George Ford and Owen Farrell was quite brilliant here.
Ford finds Farrell who sells a dummy to the USA before passing to Lewis Ludlam who scores.
62: England almost score immediately again but the USA hold firm. The score is perhaps flattering Eddie Jones’ side.
A raft of changes for both sides now. Owen Farrell on for England.
58: ENGLAND TRY AND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 31-0 USA
Ruaridh McConnochie with the try! For my money the best score of the day.
Lovely passing through the players before ending with the winger who made no mistake.
George Ford with an impressive conversion as well. 31-0.
54: Of course with that try England have got the bonus point which could prove pivotal when it comes to the top two in the Pool.
England vs USA LIVE: Joe Launchbury is tackled
47: ENGLAND TRY – ENGLAND 24-0 USA
Joe Cockanasiga is over the line for England as they get their fourth try of the match.
Jonathan Joseph was the man who went on a driving run which the USA couldn’t live with. He was stopped just a yard from the try line.
George Ford then passed to Cockanasiga who scored before Ford missed a tough conversion attempt.
46: Better start to the second half for the USA but England overturn the ball as they’re awarded a penalty for not releasing in the ruck.
Things have just gone a bit quiet here. England need to up the tempo.
41: Three changes for England at half-time:
Mark Wilson, Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler are on for Billy Vunipola, Joe Marler and Dan Cole.
40: We’re back underway in Kobe. How many more tries can England score?
And can they possibly shutout the USA?
England vs USA LIVE: George Ford scored the first try for England
HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 19-0 USA
37: England looking impressive now and as long as they continue the way they are a big score could be on the cards.
Just a couple of minutes until half-time now.
33: ENGLAND TRY – ENGLAND 19-0 USA
George Ford kicks another penalty into the USA 22 as England look to add a third try here.
They’re on the drive once more. Luke Cowan-Dickie is the man who puts the ball down on this occasion.
George Ford misses the conversion, the first time he has done so this year.
29: USA have reacted well to conceding and get the closest they have to the England try line.
Eddie Jones’ men hold firm though and work their way back up to the halfway line.
England vs USA LIVE: Billy Vunipola scored the second try
25: ENGLAND TRY AND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 14-0 USA
England get another penalty and drive to the line easily. Billy Vunipola is the man with the ball and scores the try.
George Ford makes no mistake with the conversion as England double their lead.
22: It has to be said England’s discipline is really poor here. They are giving away needless penalties time and time again.
Cut that out and they could easily have had three tires.
A reminder that they will want a bonus point bu winning by a big margin here in Kobe.
18: England very close as George Ford is pulling all the strings here.
Unfortunately at the crucial moment England knock on and USA have a scrum to try and clear their lines.
England vs USA LIVE: George Ford celebrates the first try of the game
16: The game has got a bit scrappy here with both sides giving away cheap penalties. England will want to get hold of the game here and make an impact before half-time.
George Ford kicks another penalty into touch as England have a line out in the USA 22.
11: England receive a penalty as the USA illegally clear out a ruck.
George Ford kicks and gains good territory for Eddie Jones’s side. Nothing comes of the attack though.
6: ENGLAND CONVERSION – ENGLAND 7-0 USA
George Ford makes no mistake and adds the two points
5: ENGLAND TRY – ENGLAND 5-0 USA
George Ford for England gives them a superb start. England move the ball quick from right to left but are well stopped by the USA.
They recycle the ball and George Ford evades a tackle and sprints under the posts to score.
England vs USA LIVE: England made a fast start against the USA
2: Fast start from England but they are unable to break through the American ranks.
David Ainuʻu goes down and the stretcher is being called for. In the end he is helped off by two team-mates.
Desperate news for the USA.
1: We’re underway as England are in a changed strip of red with the USA in white.
I wonder if Donald Trump is watching.
11.40am: The teams are out as England look to record a second straight win in the Rugby World Cup.
The national anthems are about to be observed before we get underway in Kobe.
Can England make a statement with a victory here?
ENGLAND’S PATH TO GLORY
11.20am: Let’s have a quick reminder of where England stands in the World Cup.
To progress to the knockout phases, England have to finish in the top two of their Pool, which also contains France, Argentina, USA, and Tonga.
Each team plays each other before the final standings are revealed.
If England top the Pool, they’ll head into the quarter-finals, and face the team that came second in Pool D. If they finish second in their Pool, they’ll play the winner of Pool D.
Pool D contains Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, and Uruguay.
Either way, it’s going to be a tough match in the first knockout round for Eddie Jones…
JOE COKANASIGA’S TIME TO SHINE
11.00: England World Cup winner Jason Robinson has backed Cokanasiga to shine against the USA.
He’s different from all of the other wingers in Eddie Jones’ armoury, and he can cause problems.
The England legend also wants Cokanasiga to go looking for the ball to make things happen.
“This is his time to show the world what he’s got”, said Robinson.
England vs USA LIVE: George Ford will captain the team in Owen Farrell’s absence
England vs USA LIVE: Jones wants ‘fast start’ in Rugby World Cup
EARLY TEAM NEWS
10.30: Eddie Jones named his England team to face the USA yesterday, and he made 10 changes to the starting XV that took on Tonga.
George Ford has been given the captain’s armband, as Owen Farrell is given a rest.
Joe Cokanasiga will be making his World Cup debut, as the youngster aims to continue his terrific form for England.
England team vs. USA: Daly; McConnochie, Joseph, Francis, Cokanasiga; Ford (c), Heinz; Marler, Cowan-Dickie, Cole; Launchbury, Kruis; Curry, Ludlam, Vunipola
England substitutes: Singleton, Genge, Sinckler, Lawes, Wilson, Youngs, Farrell, Watson.
USA team vs. England: Hooley; Scully (c), Brache, Lasike, Iosefo; MacGinty, Davies; Ainuu, Taufete’e, Lamositele, Landry, Civetta, Lamborn, Quill, Dolan
USA substitutes: Fawsitt, Kilifi, Mullen, Peterson, Germishuys, De Haas, Campbell, Te’o
England vs USA LIVE: Eddie Jones wants to lay down a marker in the Rugby World Cup
10.15: Welcome one and all to our live coverage of England’s second World Cup match, against the USA.
On paper, it should be a straight-forward win for Eddie Jones’ side, but – cliche incoming – the game isn’t played on paper.
Kick-off is at 11.45am UK time this morning, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat your breakfast first, or to figure out a plan to follow the match in your office without your boss knowing.