Rugby World Cup 2019: England Form Guide ahead of USA clash

Eddie Jones’s England will be looking to make it two wins out of two at the World Cup when they take on the USA on Thursday morning.

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England secured a bonus-point victory over Tonga in their opening clash at the weekend.

Here, Sportsmail’s NIK SIMON runs the rule over the England side to face the United States at the Kobe Misaki Stadium.

Eddie Jones's England will be looking to make it two wins out of two against USA on Thursday

Eddie Jones’s England will be looking to make it two wins out of two against USA on Thursday

FULL BACK – Elliot Daly AGE: 26 CAPS: 34

Felt the wrath of Henry Slade for over-running a try-scoring pass against Tonga so execution must improve.

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WING – Ruaridh McConnochie AGE: 27 CAPS: 1

Lines up against Martin Losefo, a former rival from the sevens circuit before he switched to XVs last year.

CENTRE – Jonathan Joseph AGE: 28 CAPS: 43

Set up the bonus-point try against Tonga and has an opportunity to impress in light of Slade’s knee injury. 

Jonathan Joseph has an opportunity to impress in light of Henry Slade's knee injury

Jonathan Joseph has an opportunity to impress in light of Henry Slade's knee injury

Jonathan Joseph has an opportunity to impress in light of Henry Slade’s knee injury

CENTRE – Piers Francis AGE: 29 CAPS: 8

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Could be on the end of some heavyweight collisions with 18st former NFL player and Mormon missionary Paul Lasike.

WING – Joe Cokanasiga AGE: 21 CAPS: 8

Giant winger makes his World Cup debut — five days after his cousin Waisea Nayacalevu scored for Fiji against Australia.

FLY-HALF – George Ford (C) AGE: 26 CAPS: 60

Needs to rally those around him to execute better after a number of slippery balls were dropped against Tonga.

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SCRUM-HALF – Willi Heinz AGE: 32 CAPS: 5

Will look to provide slicker and faster ball, after England struggled to reach wide-men against Tonga.

Willi Heinz will look to provide slicker and faster ball against the United States in Kobe

Willi Heinz will look to provide slicker and faster ball against the United States in Kobe

Willi Heinz will look to provide slicker and faster ball against the United States in Kobe

PROP – Joe Marler AGE: 29 CAPS: 63

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Needs to turn the screw at scrum time against a USA front row including 19-year-old rookie David Ainu’u.

HOOKER – Luke Cowan-Dickie AGE: 26 CAPS: 16

Had the stepladder out to practise lineout throwing with Steve Borthwick. He has three tries in his last five Tests.

PROP – Dan Cole AGE: 32 CAPS: 90

Praised for improving his fitness as he goes level with Jonny Wilkinson as England’s third most capped player.

Prop Dan Cole goes level with Jonny Wilkinson as England's third most capped player
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Prop Dan Cole goes level with Jonny Wilkinson as England's third most capped player

Prop Dan Cole goes level with Jonny Wilkinson as England’s third most capped player

2nd ROW – Joe Launchbury AGE: 28 CAPS: 61

Said at the press conference that the ball will be slippy so forwards will need to hold their depth in attack.

2nd ROW – George Kruis AGE: 29 CAPS: 36

World-class lineout technician will hope to dominate set-piece against two locks who play in England’s second tier.

BLINDSIDE – Tom Curry AGE: 21 CAPS: 14

Kamikaze Kid will use all of his inside knowledge from Sale to get into the face of AJ MacGinty and disrupt the US attack.

No 8 – Billy Vunipola AGE: 26 CAPS: 46

Many expected the irreplaceable ball-carrier to be rested so Eddie Jones will be praying he comes through unscathed.

Many expected Billy Vunipola to be rested, Jones will be praying he comes through unscathed
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Many expected Billy Vunipola to be rested, Jones will be praying he comes through unscathed

Many expected Billy Vunipola to be rested, Jones will be praying he comes through unscathed

OPENSIDE – Lewis Ludlam AGE: 23 CAPS: 3

Primed to go head to head with a familiar face — former Ipswich RFC junior team-mate Will Hooley.

Substitutes

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Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson.

USA

Will Hooley; Blaine Scully (c), Marcel Brache, Paul Lasike, Martin Iosefo; AJ MacGinty, Shaun Davies; David Ainuu, Joe Taufete’e, Titi Lamositele; Ben Landry, Nick Civetta; Tony Lamborn, Cam Dolan, John Quill.

Substitutes: Dylan Fawsitt, Olive Kilifi, Paul Mullen, Greg Peterson, Hanco Germishuys, Ruben De Haas, Bryce Campbell, Mike Te’o.

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