September 26, 2019 / 1:02 PM / a month ago

Rugby: England run in seven tries to down United States 45-7

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool C - England v United States - Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe, Japan - September 26, 2019 Blaine Scully of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

KOBE, Japan (Reuters) - England’s squad players got the job done with a 45-7 bonus point victory over the United States at the Rugby World Cup on Thursday even if they made heavy work of it at times against a determined Eagles side.

With a four-day turnaround after their opening Pool C victory over Tonga, coach Eddie Jones rang the changes but was rewarded with seven tries in humid conditions at a packed Kobe Stadium.

Skipper George Ford, Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie scored tries before the break, with winger Joe Cokanasiga grabbing a brace and Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlam also crossing in the second half.

United States flanker John Quill was sent off in the 70th minute for a shoulder-charge to the head of Owen Farrell but the Americans never gave up and replacement Bryce Campbell finally got them on the scoreboard after the final gong.

Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo, editing by Tony Lawrence

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