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Ralph Staniforth 22 Oct 2021
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USA vs New Zealand Predictions


The USA will be well beaten in this encounter but it comes down to by how much. Given that the All Blacks have made 14 changes and have not played for a few weeks, I reckon the USA will lose by less than 74 points.
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  • USA Form
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  • USA have never beaten a tier one rugby nation.
  • USA covered the +72 in their last match against New Zealand
  • USA covered the +72 handicap against England and Ireland this season.
  • New Zealand have won 8 of their last 9 matches.
  • New Zealand beat the USA 74-6 in their last match.
  • New Zealand have made 14 changes to their side.

Head to Head


New Zealand thumped the USA 74-6 when they last met at Soldier Field in 2014.

USA Form


The USA is a minnow in terms of rugby union and come into this game just happy to be part of it. I was put on the schedule in the hope of improving rugby in the region as the country attempts to bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031.

The Eagles form been good with four wins in their last four matches. They beat Canada and Uruguay both home and away in Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

The issue is that those teams aren’t exactly rugby union powerhouses. When the USA played Ireland in July they were well beaten 71-10. A week earlier the Eagles had lost 43-29 to a second string England outfit.

USA Injuries & Team News


Competitiveness is all the USA could really have hoped from for this game but even that has largely gone. The match falls out of World Rugby’s test window so clubs do not have to release their players.

For this reason the USA won’t be at full strength for this match.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand arrive in the USA in superb form despite losing their last match to South Africa. The All Blacks still won the Rugby Championship by a convincing margin.

With only one defeat in this season, the All Blacks will be looking to build on that. The USA will not offer a stumbling block to the men in black but it should be a good chance to see some younger players.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


New Zealand have made wholesale changes to their side. Ian Foster is looking to give some players a chance, particularly those who have not featured much this season.

Richie Mo’unga does return to flyhalf which would excite New Zealand and USA fans alike.

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Verdict

New Zealand have made 14 changes to their first-choice lineup and have not played for a few weeks. I am backing USA to lose by less than 74 points.

Best Bet: USA +74 Handicap Handicap $2.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units

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