ReutersThe U.S. have opted to select an extra forward in their 31-man squad for the World Cup in Japan.
Announcing the squad on Sunday, coach Gary Gold explained that he had made the decision in the expectation of an attritional World Cup.
“We’ve gone with 18 forwards and 13 backs,” Gold said. “We think that the attrition for this rugby World Cup, especially our pool, is going to take it out of our forwards, so we’ve gone with an extra forward.
“We’ve got good depth in almost every position, I think we’re well covered. Where I think we are very lucky is that we’ve got quite a few guys who can play in multiple positions.”