USA qualify for 2019 World Cup

The USA beat Canada 52-16 in their second leg World Cup qualifier in San Diego on Saturday.

The match was John Mitchell's last as Eagles coach before he joins the Bulls as their executive of rugby.

The first leg in Ontario was drawn 28-28, but the USA were far too good in the second, scoring eight tries.

It was a fitting send-off for captain Todd Clever, who had announced his retirement from Test rugby.

The Eagles will go into Pool C with England, Argentina, France and Oceanic 2, while Canada will have another chance to qualify against Uruguay.

USA – Tries: Cam Dolan (2), Nate Brakeley, Joe Taufete’e (2), Nate Augspurger, Dino Waldren, David Tameilau. Conversions: AJ MacGinty (6).
Canada – Try: Admir Cejvanovic. Conversion: Gordon McRorie. Penalties: McRorie (3).

USA – 15 Madison Hughes, 14 Mike Te’o, 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ryan Matyas, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Nate Augspurger, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Todd Clever (c), 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Nate Brakeley, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Tony Purpura.
Subs: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ben Tarr, 18 Dino Waldren, 19 David Tameilau, 20 John Quill, 21 Andrew Durutalo, 22 Shaun Davies, 23 Will Magie.

Canada – 15 Ciaran Hearn, 14 Andre Coe, 13 Nick Blevins, 12 Connor Braid, 11 Dan Moor, 10 Shane O’Leary, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Matt Heaton, 6 Admir Cejvanovic, 5 Evan Olmstead, 4 Brett Beukeboom (c), 3 Jake Ilnicki, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Djustice Sears-Duru.
Subs: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Anthony Luca, 18 Matt Tierney, 19 Kyle Baillie, 20 Aaron Carpenter, 21 Andrew Ferguson, 22 Giuseppe Du Toit, 23 Sean Duke.

Photo: World Rugby

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