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Camille Lopez of France reacts during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Rugby World Cup fixtures, scores and result: France vs USA

France take on the USA in a crunch clash for the Americans at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Rugby World Cup fixtures, scor

Camille Lopez of France reacts during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

France will look to long-serving number eight Louis Picamoles for inspiration as he captains his country for the first time against the United States in the World Cup’s ‘group of death’.

Les Bleus squeaked home 23-21 against Argentina in their first match and are hoping to press their advantage in the ultra-competitive Pool C, which also includes England, who beat the United States 45-7.

Coach Jacques Brunel has rung the chances for the clash in Fukuoka, on the southwestern tip of Japan, with only three players surviving from the nail-biting win over the Pumas.

Fly-half Camille Lopez, whose drop goal broke Pumas hearts, starts at 10, preferred this time to young gun Romain Ntamack.

Fresh from a 10-day break after the Argentina game, France have only four days to recover from playing the Eagles before facing a highly physical Tongan XV – not to mention the potential pool decider against eternal enemy England.

The United States put up respectable resistance to Eddie Jones’ powerful side in the opening game but coach Gary Gold was furious with his players, calling on them to improve “every aspect of their game” after the 45-7 defeat.

He has made five changes to the XV that started against England — the majority of them enforced by injury or suspension.

John Quill, who received the tournament’s first red card and was later suspended, has been replaced by Hanco Germishuys.

Bryce Campbell and Mike Teo have been named to replace the injured pair of Paul Lasike and Will Hooley.

And Eric Fry has been picked in place of David Ainu’u, who left the World Cup after sustaining a bad ankle injury.

After fears the game could be rescheduled due to a typhoon bearing down on Japan, World Rugby confirmed on Monday the match would go ahead as planned as the storm is weakening and passing to the north.

France will wear black armbands in honour of former president Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday.

France vs USA: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: A perfectly reasonably kick off at 9:45 (SAST) on 2 October 2019. SuperSport 1 will broadcast it live.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction:  France are tipped to win by a decent margin of 23 or more.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: France vs USA

Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.