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How are England’s World Cup pool rivals France and USA getting on?

England will head off to Japan later this year hopeful of winning their second William Webb Ellis Cup.

Ollie Thorley, Danny Cipriani and Ben Morgan have all featured in the England training squad within the last 18 months, and the Cherry and White trio will be hoping to make Eddie Jones’ squad.

The United States and France will feature in England’s pool in Japan, alongside Argentina and Tonga, and both have been in action in recent weeks.

France have started poorly in the Six Nations, losing to Wales in the first round despite creating the better of the chances, before suffering a big defeat to England.

Major questions have been asked about the foundations of rugby in France, with teams choosing to sign high-profile overseas players, at the expense of home grown talent.

Interestingly, two members of France’s 2018 under 20 World Cup Squad have made the step up, with Demba Bamba and Romain Ntamack making the France squad for the Six Nations.

Meanwhile, the United States has featured twice in the Americas Rugby Championship beating Chile convincingly before a loss to an Argentina XV after losing Paul Lasike to a red card.

The US are constantly improving, and their loss in Cipolletti shouldn’t overshadow how far they have developed since Gary Gold took over.

In AJ MacGinty the Eagles have a genuine creative playmaker, while Blaine Scully knows his way to the try line. Expect them to cause England problems when they meet in Kobe on September 26.

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