USA 12 v Ireland 15


The USA juniors might have received a spanking at the U/20 World Cup from the Baby Boks, but their senior team will look for an historic first win over the Irish.

Recent results:
2011: Ireland won 22-10, New Plymouth
2009: Ireland won 27-10, Santa Clara
2004: Ireland won 55-6, Dublin
2000: Ireland won 83-3, Manchester
1999: Ireland won 53-8, Dublin
1996: Ireland won 25-18, Atlanta
1994: Ireland won 26-15, Dublin

Prediction: The USA will put up some strong resistance at the beginning of the game but as it opens up a bit the Irish should cruise home. Ireland to win by more than 20.

The teams:

USA Eagles: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Luke Hume, 13 Seamus Kelly, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 10 Toby L’Estrange, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Todd Clever (Captain), 7 Scott LaValla, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Louis Stanfill, 4 Brian Doyle, 3 Eric Fry, 2 Chris Biller, 1 Shawn Pittman.
Replacements: 16 Zach Fenoglio, 17 Nick Wallace, 18 Phil Thiel, 19 Peter Dahl, 20 John Quill, 21 Robbie Shaw, 22 James Paterson, 23 Adam Siddall.

Ireland: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Stuart Olding, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Mike Ross (captain), 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 David Kilcoyne.
Replacements:16 Mike Sherry, 17 Jamie Hagan, 18 Tom Court, 19 Dan Tuohy, 20 Tommy O’Donnell, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Felix Jones.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Kick-off: 19.30 (00.30 GMT Sunday, June 9)
Expected weather: Blazing day in Houston with a high of 32°C, cooling into the evening with the temperature for the game at a pleasant 23°C. No rain predicted.
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Bryan Arciero (Canada), Chris Assmus (Canada)

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  1. Eagles should really change name to USA “Gang that Can’t Shoot Straight”.
    What torture. Soccer could have been more entertaining.
    US has 6’6 286lb #6 which was interesting. There was some thumping tackles.
    But Ireland would scrum & win a penalty – like almost every time.
    Until the team consists of ALL NFL/NBA cast-aways we should just focus on the Pina-Colada version of rugby – 7’s.