Ex-Connacht player AJ MacGinty helps US to World Cup qualification

The United States lost 39-16 to Scotland in the pool stage of the 2015 World Cup
The United States lost 39-16 to Scotland in the pool stage of the 2015 World Cup
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02 July, 2017

The United States will join England, France, Argentina and a team yet to be decided from Oceania (2) at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after their victory over Canada on Saturday.

America will take their place in Pool C for the World Cup, in a group that will include England, France, Argentina, and a yet-to-be-determined Oceania side, in the group.

The Canadians were handicapped by the withdrawal of backs DTH van der Merwe, who scored two tries last week, Taylor Paris and Phil Mack, and were down 12-0 in nearly the same time after a couple of tries by US No8 Cam Dolan.

The Canadians will now face Uruguay in a two-legged tie to decide the second Americas qualification place. "This is a great way to end".

The first leg in Hamilton, Ontario, was unable to separate the pair with the North American derby ending in a 28-28 draw.

No 8 Cam Dolan crashed over for the opening try after only eight minutes, rounding off a flowing move which began with AJ MacGinty's searing break on the halfway line that split Canada's defence. The Eagles drove it and replacement hooker Joe Taufete'e scored from the rolling maul. They put the game out of reach with three quick tries while Canada's Tyler Ardron was in the sin bin.

Canada scrum-half Gordon McRorie slotted the first of three penalties to make it 12-3 but the United States swept forward with a third try through lock Nate Brakeley after more good work from Dolan.


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