TODD CLEVER

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - POOL B -

In­spi­ra­tional cap­tain Todd Clever is the face of Amer­i­can rugby. His com­mit­ment and com­bat­ive style are un­ques­tioned. Af­ter two sea­sons in South Africa with the Lions he has ex­pe­ri­enced com­pet­ing against some of the world’s best loose-for­wards. Chris Wyles is another to look out for. He scored a try in Sara­cens’ re­cent English Premier­ship fi­nal suc­cess and is USA’s most capped full­back.

A GOOD TOUR­NA­MENT FOR THEM?

A win over Ja­pan is achiev­able and there’s a strong pos­si­bil­ity they could face a weak­ened Boks team who may take them lightly. Samoa and Scot­land also have the po­ten­tial to turn up ex­pect­ing to win. Com­pla­cency is al­ways dan­ger­ous.

NZRW PRE­DIC­TION

A WIN­LESS TOUR­NA­MENT. For all their pos­i­tive move­ments USA don’t yet ap­pear ready to knock over a top-tier na­tion and Ja­pan’s re­cent im­prove­ments sug­gest they may also prove a bridge too far.

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