21 Nov 2009

Eagles unchanged for Rugby World Cup qualifier

12:26 pm on 21 November 2009

The United States will back the same team which beat Uruguay in Montevideo last weekend to finish the job and qualify for the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

The US Eagles won the first leg 27-22 and can afford to lose by less than five points at Fort Lauderdale in Florida to win on aggregate and reach their fourth consecutive Cup, in New Zealand in 2011.

The Eagles have lost to Uruguay only once in 20 years, and are unbeaten at home.

The winner will join World Cup Pool C with Australia, Ireland, Italy and a European team yet to be determined, while the loser will advance to a second chance in play-offs.