France vs USA Live play their second match of the Rugby World Cup in Pool C and a nearby typhoon is likely to make for wet and wild conditions at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.
England top their pool with a maximum 10 points and France would take a giant step towards a ninth successive World Cup quarterfinal appearance should they record a bonus-point win over the USA as expected.
Despite winning their opening game 23-21 against Argentina, France have made a whopping 12 changes to their starting XV after only just avoiding defeat with Pumas fullback Emiliano Boffelli missing a last-minute penalty. Camille Lopez, who landed the match-winning drop goal, comes in at first five-eighth.
The USA were thumped 45-7 by England in their first game but they showed plenty of heart and determination against a far superior side and the weather in Fukuoka could even out a contest the flaky French are expected to win comfortably. The two nations have played eight tests – the last in 2004 – and once at a World Cup in 2003 in Australia when France won 41-14, while the USA recorded one win (17-3) over Les Bleus in the final of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
France vs USA Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
France can build on their opening 2019 Rugby World Cup victory with another against the USA at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. It will be a huge shock if they don’t manage to beat the USA, but rain and the need to rest key individuals could bring the score closer than many believe.
France Form & Team News
France came through a bruising encounter to beat Argentina 23-21 at the Tokyo Stadium in their opening fixture. This match against the USA offers the only real opportunity for France to rest players ahead of the knockouts should they qualify.
Unfortunately on the injury front things are not looking positive for the French side. Prop Demba Bamba and centre Wesley Fofana have both been put on a plane home with injury ruling them out of the tournament.
Reports suggest France are expected to make a few changes while more will be rested against Tonga next week. France have blown hot and cold throughout their history and did so again against Argentina, almost throwing away a solid first half lead.
They will be too strong for the USA but the North Americans will be physical in what looks like a wet weather match. Should the forecast be correct, points scoring won’t be easy and France don’t have the physicality to overpower USA like England eventually managed to do.
Les Blues are outright favourites at 1.015 while they can be backed at 2.00 to cover the -27 handicap. A draw will pay 51.00.
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France are likely to rest a few players for this match while they have also suffered a couple of key injuries (Getty Images)
USA Form & Team News
The USA will most likely field a full-strength side against France with their next match a week later. There have been no reports of serious injury following their 47-7 defeat to England at the Kobe Misaka Stadium.
Head coach Gary Gold was not too despondent with the opening showing of the USA. They matched the English physically for large parts but ran out of steam the longer the game went on. Against France they will face a far lesser physical challenge so I expect them to perform better with ball in hand.
There is a high probability of heavy rain for Fukuoka City on Wednesday with Typhoon Mitag heading for the city. While the Typhoon may miss the city itself, heavy rain is almost guaranteed which leads me to believe it will be a low scoring match.
The USA can be backed to cause a huge upset against France at 15.00 but the handicap market is where my focus is. There is value for me in the USA to cover the +27 handicap at 1.83.
France vs USA Head to Head
France and the USA have only met on seven occasions with the French winning six. USA’s only victory came at the 1924 Olympics. Their last match was in 2004 and France won 39-31 at the Dillion Stadium.
France vs USA Betting Odds
France are favourites at 1.015 which makes them unbackable but brings the handicap market into play. France can be backed at 2.00 to cover the -27 handicap and France -37 is valued at 3.75.
The USA are massive underdogs at 15.00 but their handicaps look very attractive. To cover the +27 handicap they are valued at 1.83 and USA +28 will pay 1.62.
France vs USA Match Up
With the weather around Fukuoka City means this will be a match-up between the forwards. The USA are very physical and could cause the French problems at set pieces and in collision areas. The tactical kicking game from both sides will be key.
France will look to long-serving number eight Louis Picamoles for inspiration as he captains his country for the first time against the United States in the World Cup’s ‘group of death’.
Les Bleus squeaked home 23-21 against Argentina in their first match and are hoping to press their advantage in the ultra-competitive Pool C, which also includes England, who beat the United States 45-7.
Coach Jacques Brunel has rung the chances for the clash in Fukuoka, on the southwestern tip of Japan, with only three players surviving from the nail-biting win over the Pumas.
Fly-half Camille Lopez, whose drop goal broke Pumas hearts, starts at 10, preferred this time to young gun Romain Ntamack.
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Fresh from a 10-day break after the Argentina game, France have only four days to recover from playing the Eagles before facing a highly physical Tongan XV – not to mention the potential pool decider against eternal enemy England.
The United States put up respectable resistance to Eddie Jones’ powerful side in the opening game but coach Gary Gold was furious with his players, calling on them to improve “every aspect of their game” after the 45-7 defeat.
He has made five changes to the XV that started against England — the majority of them enforced by injury or suspension.
John Quill, who received the tournament’s first red card and was later suspended, has been replaced by Hanco Germishuys.
Bryce Campbell and Mike Teo have been named to replace the injured pair of Paul Lasike and Will Hooley.
And Eric Fry has been picked in place of David Ainu’u, who left the World Cup after sustaining a bad ankle injury.
After fears the game could be rescheduled due to a typhoon bearing down on Japan, World Rugby confirmed on Monday the match would go ahead as planned as the storm is weakening and passing to the north.
France will wear black armbands in honour of former president Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday.
France vs USA: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: A perfectly reasonably kick off at 9:45 (SAST) on 2 October 2019. SuperSport 1 will broadcast it live.
For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: France are tipped to win by a decent margin of 23 or more.
RWC 2019 live scores and result: France vs USA
The 2019 Rugby World Cup is less than a fortnight old and yet we’ve already witnessed more than our fair share of memorable moments. Hosts Japan shocking Ireland, Wales overpowering Australia and that intense match up between New Zealand and South Africa being just some of the awesome highlights.
It’s certainly fitting its billing as being one of the most even;y-matched tournaments in rugby union history. You can watch all the action, no matter where you are, by following our Rugby World Cup live stream guide below.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of tipsters are split between New Zealand, their neighbours Australia, and South Africa as to who will win the tournament.
2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP – WHERE AND WHEN
The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicked off on Friday, September 20 at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo when hosts Japan took on Russia. The tournament is set to end with the final on November 2 at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a full 2019 Rugby World Cup FAQ.
Nevertheless, the balance of power in the rugby world has shifted towards the northern hemisphere in recent years, with Wales, Ireland, and England all having been in and around the world number one ranking position, and Scotland not too far behind.
Or is this the year that one of the less fashionable nations step up and show what they can do? We all know how dangerous Argentina are, but what of Fiji, Georgia and the hosts themselves?
If you want to know where you’ll be able to watch every single match, we’ll tell you exactly where you can catch it online with a Rugby World Cup live stream and the broadcasters that are showing it absolutely FREE. No matter where on Earth you are, we’ll make sure you know where to catch the coverage.
How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country
You don’t have to miss a single minute of the 2019 Rugby World Cup – even if you’re abroad and discover that your home broadcaster’s online coverage is geo-blocked (we hate it when that happens).
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How to stream Rugby World Cup 2019 live in the UK for FREE
There’s wonderful news for rugby fans in the UK – all 48 World Cup matches will be shown free-to-air across various ITV platforms.
Most games will be broadcast on ITV1, though ITV4 will also provide coverage. Fans can also live stream the action via the ITV Hub on a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets.
Meanwhile, Welsh-language channel S4C will also be showing nine games throughout the tournament including all four Wales group matches plus one fixture per round in the quarter and semi-finals, the third-place play-off and the final.
if you’re not in the UK but want to catch up with the World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.