Rugby World Cup 2019: United States

World ranking: 15th

Qualification: First in Americas

Best result: Pool stage

TAB odds: $501

Chances: For all their potential - and emergence as world sevens powerhouse - the Americans have never really kicked on to bridge the gap between also-rans and real contenders in the 15s format.

To add to their predicament, they've drawn the 'pool of death', with England, France and Argentina all semi-final candidates, and only Tonga looming as a winnable game. Anything more than that would be a major surprise.

Leading players:


Pool draw
September 26
England v USA, Kobe City, 10:45pm

October 2
France v USA, Fukuoka City, 8:45pm

October 9
Argentina v USA, Kumagaya City, 5:45pm

October 13
USA v Tonga, Higashiosaka City, 6:45pm