The United States confirmed its place in the summer 2020 Concacaf Nations League Final Four with a 4-0 victory over Cuba at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands putting the U.S. atop Group A of League A.

The United States moved into the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals after a 4-0 win over Cuba on Tuesday.

USA were ahead inside a minute in the Cayman Islands through Josh Sargent and never looked back, Jordan Morris adding a first-half brace.

Morris continued his fine run of form for USA before Sargent sealed his side's victory during a quieter second half.

The win ensured Gregg Berhalter's side of top spot in Group A of League A and a spot in the semi-finals on goal difference.

USA opened the scoring inside 40 seconds through Sargent.

Paul Arriola did the hard work down the right before crossing for Sargent, who scored from close range as he put Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez under pressure.

USA dominated the first half and Weston McKennie had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Erick Rizo in the eighth minute.

However, the visitors doubled their lead through Morris, who made no mistake in a one-on-one with Sanchez after a great flick-on header by McKennie.

Morris struck again six minutes before half-time, although the forward seemed apologetic to Aaron Long.

Long's ball from the left side of the area went over Sanchez and Morris tapped in on the goal-line to make it 3-0.

After a quieter start to the second half, USA added to their lead through Sargent's second.

Tyler Boyd flicked Reggie Cannon's back-post cross into the path of Sargent, who converted from inside the area in the 66th minute.

USA cruised late on, easing to an important victory and seeing Cuba finish without a point in the group.

 

What does it mean? USA put Canada hiccup aside

A 2-0 loss to Canada in Toronto in October had Berhalter under enormous pressure at the helm, but USA have responded. Wins over Canada (4-1) and Cuba this international break – and a spot in the semi-finals – have surely been enough to ease the pressure on Berhalter.

USA developing fast-start habit

For the second game in a row, USA scored inside two minutes. They also netted three times in the opening nine minutes against Cuba in October and Berhalter will be hoping they can continue their fast starts going forward.

Morris caps off stellar 2019

Morris' brace meant he has scored in four of his past five appearances for USA. The Seattle Sounders forward has netted five of his 10 international goals since September in a fine run of form.

What's next?

Both countries have played their final games of the year, but USA can look forward to the Nations League semi-finals in June 2020.

The United States suffered another defeat in this season’s Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, failing to chase down a low total from the Windward Islands Hurricanes to lose by 44 runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Wednesday.

Facing the music first, the Volcanoes struggled in a start-stop innings to end on 225-9 but then turned in a workmanlike shift with the ball to dismiss the United States for 182 in 45.5 overs.

In their at-bat, the Volcanoes found themselves on the back foot with Devon Smith and Kirk Edwards going for nought and number three batsman, Emmanuel Stewart, splitting the wickets with just four to leave the side at 17-3.

At the other end of the crease, Desron Maloney put together 42 from 59 deliveries and was joined by Kaveem Hodge, who scored the same number of runs from 56 deliveries in a 55-run partnership.

Alick Athanaze also got a start for the Volcanoes, scoring 25, but failed to carry on, while Kerron Cottoy top-scored with a run-a-ball 43, while Shane Shillingford got to 31 before meeting his demise.

The starts with nobody really going on to score heavily meant a sub-par score, with Elmore Hutchinson, 2-37, Jessy Singh, 2-24, and Cameron Stevenson, 2-49, sharing the bulk of the wicket-taking work.

There was also a wicket apiece for Ian Holland (1-36) and Timil Patel (1-36).

When the US batted, they were thwarted by a five-fer from Kerron Cottoy, his 5-37, putting an end to any real challenge the visitors could have put forward. Cottoy got good support from Athinaze, whose 3-24 was invaluable to the win.  Shermon Lewis, 1-26, and Larry Edward, 1-47, were the other wicket-takers for the Volcanoes against the solo effort of Steven Taylor, who scored 62.

Christian Taylor, a seven-time Diamond League champion, has announced the formation of The Athletics Association, an association for all professional athletes from across the globe and has encouraged athletes worldwide to join and take back power from the IAAF.

Lewis Hamilton claimed his sixth Formula One world title after finishing second at the United States Grand Prix as team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the podium.

Needing a top-eight finish to guarantee a third championship in a row, the Mercedes driver climbed from fifth on the grid to wrap up the championship with two races to spare.

It is the Briton's fifth win in six seasons and moves him second on the all-time list, clear of Juan Manuel Fangio and one behind Michael Schumacher. 

He has won 10 grands prix this year and sits 67 points clear of Bottas with a maximum 50 left to claim.

Max Verstappen took third for Red Bull in his 100th grand prix to complete the podium at the Circuit of the Americas, while Sebastian Vettel endured a day to forget as he was forced into an early retirement. 

Hamilton made an excellent start and quickly climbed from fifth to third, with Ferrari duo Vettel and Charles Leclerc dropping two places each before the former was halted by a suspension failure.

As drivers started to implement differing pit-stop strategies, Hamilton – aiming to stop just once – found himself leading the way inside 20 laps.

Indeed, he was the last of the frontrunners to pit and when he did, Hamilton emerged in third and safe in the knowledge his rivals would need to come in again.

That left him in prime position again coming into the final third of the race, although Bottas was clocking a series of impressive lap times to underline his threat.

The challenge then for Hamilton was to get the best out of deteriorating tyres, just as he did to prevail in Mexico last time out.

Ultimately that proved a bridge too far, Bottas capitalising on his greater tyre performance to overtake on lap 52 and take his fourth win of the campaign despite a strong defence from his fellow Mercedes driver.

It was still Hamilton's day, though, as he secured the title Stateside for the second time, having also done so in 2015.

 

HAMILTON NOT JUST ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Given the relatively modest requirement of placing inside the top eight, Hamilton could have been forgiven for taking it easy.

However, that is clearly not the 34-year-old's style and he was there to race for the win, which would have been his seventh at this track.

That desire to be first is a core strength of Hamilton's and he will doubtless already be thinking about an assault on the 2020 world championship.

Hamilton aggressively defended his lead in the closing laps but could not quite hold off the surging challenge of Bottas.

He now has two races left to complete his most successful season - in terms of wins - having taken the chequered flag 11 times in 2014 and 2018.

SEBASTIAN VET-HELL

It has been a frustrating season for Ferrari and four-time world champion Vettel, whose race was halted after only nine laps.

The German appeared to suffer a suspension issue after going over the newly installed sausage kerbs.

Vettel had started second on the grid and will have fancied his chances of challenging for only a second race win of 2019.

But he was soon looking at the back of Hamilton's car after reporting damage within moments of the start.

And his day only got worse, with an early retirement dealing huge damage to any hopes of outperforming team-mate Leclerc. 

Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini were the heroes as Canada outclassed and upstaged the United States 2-0 in their CONCACAF Nations League clash.

Bayern Munich sensation Davies broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute and Cavallini sealed the triumph in stoppage time in Toronto on Tuesday.

It was Canada's first goals against USA since the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the country's first victory over their rivals since 1985 as they stayed perfect in Group A.

USA produced a merciless performance to open their Nations League campaign with a 7-0 rout of Cuba last week, inspired by Weston McKennie's 13-minute hat-trick.

However, USA were second best and struggled to keep the ball throughout the first half in Canada, where the hosts hustled the United States out of their stride.

In a half lacking rhythm, Canada should have taken the lead in the 16th minute but teenager Jonathan David wasted two big chances.

A backpass went straight to the feet of David, who was initially denied by USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen at point-blank range before firing wide of the post.

Another chance went begging for David five minutes into the second half after the 19-year-old Canadian side-footed agonisingly wide of the near post.

USA went up the other end moments later and almost took the lead against the run of play, but Christian Pulisic's tame shot was easily dealt with by Milan Bojan after being played in by Jordan Morris.

Canada finally got their goal in the 63rd minute and it was fully deserved as Davies bundled the ball over the line after USA twice failed to clear the danger.

Only Steffen stood in between Canada and a second goal after he thwarted Junior Hoilett with 19 minutes remaining as USA's dire performance continued, but Cavallini's 91st-minute goal capped a great night for Canada.

 

What does it mean? Canada preserve perfect record

Canada created distance between themselves and USA after making it three wins from three games in Group A. Canada are yet to concede a goal, while USA are six points adrift having played a match less in the race for the semi-finals.

Pulisic's struggles continue

It was another disappointing outing for Pulisic, who was hauled off approaching the hour mark. Already struggling for game time at Chelsea following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, the USA star cut a dejected figure after being substituted on the back of an uninspiring display.

Canada showcase potential

Much has been made about Canada with Davies and David ushering in a new era of hope for the country. And based on Tuesday's display, the future is bright for Canada, who never gave USA a sniff.

What's next?

USA and Canada will be back in action for next month's rematch in Orlando, Florida on November 15.

Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo has been given a seven-week ban for kicking an opponent in the face during his country's Rugby World Cup victory over the United States.

The incident was not spotted during Tonga's 31-19 victory on Sunday, but Ngauamo was cited after the game for an act of foul play.

Ngauamo, who argued he had "acted recklessly, not deliberately", did not attend the hearing and was given a hefty ban by the judicial panel having already been suspended twice in the past four years.

With Tonga already eliminated from the World Cup, Ngauamo will miss seven weeks of the new Top 14 season for his club Agen.

Tonga avoided finishing bottom of Pool C at the Rugby World Cup after overcoming the United States 31-19 on Sunday.

With both teams already eliminated, Tonga bowed out on a winning note by scoring four tries to USA's three in Higashiosaka.

Tonga trailed USA 12-7 at half-time after substitute Mike Te'o had grabbed a brace shortly after coming on.

But Tonga rallied to snap a run of five consecutive losses, which was their joint-worst streak at a World Cup.

Tonga started brightly and opened the scoring in the 17th minute thanks to Siegfried Fisiihoi, who bundled himself over after some desperate USA defending had initially held up the Tongans – with Sonatane Takulua adding the extras.

However, Tonga's 7-0 lead was short-lived as USA responded in brilliant fashion four minutes later.

USA sliced Tonga open – quick hands finding Te'o, who was too slick for his opponents on the wing and AJ MacGinty nailed the conversion to level proceedings.

Te'o was at it again in the 26th minute as USA turned the match on its head. The wing found himself in acres of space to stroll in, though MacGinty was unable to convert.

Tonga trailed 12-7 at the break after a golden opportunity went begging – Fisiihoi broke the lines but Ruben de Haas reached in for a tackle and broke the ball loose with five minutes remaining.

It was a Tonga onslaught to start the second half as they looked to strike back, and they reduced the deficit via Takulua's 51st-minute penalty.

Tonga regained the lead as the hour mark approached as Telusa Veainu's kick forward, with no one ahead, bounced favourably and allowed Mali Hingano to eventually sprint clear under the sticks.

After Takulua successfully converted, the tiring Americans conceded again four minutes later as retiring captain Siale Piutau weaved his way past three opponents to stretch Tonga's advantage to 24-12.

Tony Lamborn's late try set up a grand-stand finish but Veainu's five-pointer after the siren made sure of Tonga's first victory of this year's tournament.

 

Tonga send Piutau out a winner

In his final international match, 34-year-old Piutau scored a try and celebrated a victory in a dream Tonga farewell.

Te'o double not enough for USA

A pair of first-half tries from Te'o had USA dreaming against Tonga. However, his efforts were not enough as the United States matched their worst run in World Cup games – 10 straight defeats.

What's next?

Both teams are heading home after a spirited effort at the showpiece tournament, with England and France qualifying from Pool C.

The United States barely raised a sweat as they opened their CONCACAF Nations League with a 7-0 humbling of Cuba.

USA star Weston McKennie scored a 13-minute hat-trick in the first half of the Group A clash at Audi Field in Washington on Friday.

Gregg Berhalter's USA were a class above in the American capital, where the home side led struggling Cuba 6-0 at half-time.

USA were expected to ease past Cuba in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League and the match went according to script after a dream start.

McKennie broke the deadlock after just 31 seconds and the Schalke midfielder doubled the lead a little more than four minutes later – Jordan Morris providing both assists as the one-way traffic continued.

Morris got in on the action and made it 3-0 in the ninth minute with a composed finish to beat Cuba goalkeeper Nelson Johnston at his near post.

It got ugly for Cuba as McKennie completed his hat-trick four minutes later when Reggie Cannon slid a ball across the six-yard box and the former reacted quickest.

Cuba managed to stop the bleeding until a stunning backheel from McKennie found Morris, whose effort was bundled over the line by an unfortunate Dario Ramos in the 37th minute before Josh Sargent curled the ball into the bottom corner for a 6-0 lead approaching half-time.

USA captain Christian Pulisic converted a 62nd-minute penalty to extend the country's mammoth lead, which fell just shy of their record.

 

What does it mean? USA show no mercy

After three matches without victory and two losses, USA needed a response and they got it in style. The United States were expected to win but their composure and ruthlessness saw them fall just short of the country's biggest win – 8-0 against Bermuda in 2008.

McKennie scores first hat-trick

It was a memorable outing for the 21-year-old. For the first time in his career, McKennie took home the match ball following his stunning opening half as he recorded the fastest hat-trick in USA history.

Sorry Cuba's winless run continues

Cuba were on the backfoot from the outset as their winless streak extended to seven games. In that period, they have conceded 33 goals.

What's next?

USA will look to maintain their momentum against Canada away from home on Tuesday, while Cuba are not in action until November 20's Nations League showdown with the United States.

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu is determined to send retiring captain Siale Piutau out a winner against the United States in a Rugby World Cup contest on Sunday that is still in the hands of the weather.

Typhoon Hagibis has already seen two of Saturday's clashes called off and the Pool C dead rubber at Hanazono Stadium in Osaka will be subject to a late check on the morning of the game.

If it does go ahead as scheduled, Bristol Bears centre Piutau will bow out of the international scene – bar the possibility of "special occasions" – and Kefu paid tribute to his skipper.

"He has been a great servant to the game. When I came in as head coach he was the one I wanted to be captain," Kefu said.

"We would love to put him out with a win. He's been our best player over the four weeks and leads from the front."

Tonga's solitary return from spirited performances against England, Argentina and France is a losing bonus point in a 23-21 defeat against the latter last Sunday.

For Piutau – who, weather permitting, will celebrate his 34th birthday by jointly breaking his country's record for World Cup appearances alongside Sione Kalamafoni – the only focus is helping the team leave Japan with a win to their name.

"I'm not putting the focus on myself, but I want to leave the team on a high – that's my priority. There is no place I would rather be than with these boys," he said.

"It's been a huge honour and privilege and I'm grateful for the opportunities that the red jersey has given me."

USA are also without a victory and will be desperate to prove strides have been taken in what is the first World Cup since the inception of Major League Rugby.

Head coach Gary Gold believes USA can emulate the successes enjoyed by hosts Japan, who are on the cusp of a famous quarter-final berth, if the nation is awarded the 2027 World Cup.

Japan did not a win a match at the 2011 tournament but shocked South Africa en route to becoming the first team to win three pool matches and not reach the last eight four years ago in England.

"For us, [Japan] are an unbelievable role model for so many reasons and I'm talking about the USA particularly," said Gold, who was working in Japan with Kobelco Steelers in 2015.

"This is the reason why I feel so very strongly that if World Rugby genuinely do want to grow the game, as they claim they want to, then USA have to be a contender for the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

"For them to now be quarter-final contenders is a fairy tale come true. 

"It's something that can be done, but it was largely off the back of them having been awarded a Rugby World Cup."

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

USA – Blaine Scully

USA skipper Scully is set to make an 11th World Cup appearance, a joint-record for his country. Scully is one of two players for USA to have played every minute of this tournament, alongside fellow winger Marcel Brache. 

Tonga – Siale Piutau 

What better way to celebrate a birthday and a landmark showing than with a final World Cup hurrah for one of Tongan rugby's finest servants? The powerhouse centre has led by example throughout the tournament and will be a major threat against USA. 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- This will be the 10th clash between USA and Tonga in Tests, the Eagles won the first encounter in 1999 but Tonga have won the subsequent eight meetings.
- USA and Tonga have met just once before in the World Cup, Tonga prevailing 25-15 when in 2007 in Montpellier.
- The Eagles have won just three of their 28 Rugby World Cup matches so far (L25), losing their last nine on the trot. Their most recent win came against Russia in 2011.
- Tonga have lost their last five World Cup matches, the third time they have endured a losing streak of this length. They have never gone six games without registering a victory.

Simone Biles made history yet again on Thursday, becoming the first woman to win five all-around titles at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.

Biles is the only woman with more than three such crowns and now boasts 22 career medals at the competition, just one shy of male star Vitaly Scherbo's overall record.

The 22-year-old's latest feat came as she scored 58.999 points after delivering four clean routines to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing.

The win marked Biles' largest margin of victory at a World Championships all-around event, giving the United States seventh win in a row in the women's all-around to match the old Soviet Union's record streak.

The five-time Olympic champion is set to compete in all four event finals this weekend - the vault and bars, followed by the beam and floor - giving her the opportunity to surpass Scherbo.

Speaking on Wednesday, Biles told the Washington Post: "Every year it feels better and better just because we're adding to the legacy.

"I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country."

Argentina will be without Tomas Lavanini when they round off a disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign against the United States.

Lock Lavanini was banned for four matches after he was sent off 18 minutes into the 39-10 defeat to England that all but ended Argentina's hopes of progressing to the last eight.

After France defeated Tonga, the Pumas will be playing for nothing more than pride in their Pool C finale in Saitama on Wednesday, while USA are eyeing a first World Cup win since 2011.

Eagles fly-half AJ MacGinty believes Argentina could be ripe for the taking.

"With Argentina's short turnaround, then losing to England and not qualifying and the disappointment they're facing, they might not show up as well as they would have if they were qualifying," he said.

"Any time we play competitive games against the tier one nations, I feel like we get better week to week. Having the games against England and France, the pressure is on us to deliver another performance that's even better than the France game.

"Our focus is on that. If we can do that as a squad and as individuals, then that puts us in a good place for beating Argentina."

Nicolas Sanchez returns for Argentina as one of nine changes made by coach Mario Ledesma, while 20-year-old scrum-half Ruben de Haas has been handed a first start for USA.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Argentina - Julian Montoya 

Hookers are rarely prolific try scorers, but Montoya has crossed four times in this World Cup. With another try against USA, he will move level with Juan Imhoff for the most scored by a single Argentina player at a World Cup.

United States - Joe Taufete'e

Montoya's opposite number, Taufete'e has scored more tries (20) than any front-row forward in Test history. However, he has not touched down at a World Cup. For a side that provided little attacking threat against England and France, his ability to end that wait may be key to their hopes of a shock.


KEY OPTA FACTS

- Argentina have won all eight of their previous matches against USA, with their past three wins coming by an average margin of 30 points.

- The Pumas have won their last 12 World Cup matches against non-tier one opposition, their last such defeat coming in 1995 against Samoa.

- USA conceded seven tries against England and five against France, they have not conceded four or more tries in three consecutive World Cup games since doing so in eight straight games between 1987 and 1999.

- Cam Dolan is set to win his 50th cap for USA. He has 16 tries for the Eagles, only three players have more (Vaea Anitoni, 26; Taufete'e, 20; Paul Emerick 17).

The United States will go into tomorrow’s IAAF World Championships of Athletics Women’s 4x400-metre finals as understandable favourites after bettering the qualification of Jamaica’s team by more than half a second.

During Saturday’s penultimate day, the Jamaican team of Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson clocked a world lead, 3:23.67 seconds to win heat one of the 4x400s.

The Jamaicans beat back the challenge of Poland, 3:25.78, and Canada, 3:25.86. Fourth in the heat were the Netherlands, who qualified in a non-automatic spot with a time of 3:27.48 seconds.

While that team may strengthen for Sunday’s final, the race was tight until the final leg where McPherson showed her class in pulling away from her rivals and the second heat put things in perspective.

Jamaica’s World Lead would only last five minutes, as the United States won the second in 3:22.96, the team of Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendal Ellis, and Courtney Okolo stamping their authority on an event they have rarely lost.

That team, which will also strengthen, was far better than a chasing pack with no close encounters anywhere. Great Britain and Northern Ireland led that chasing pack to clock 3:24.99 seconds, while the Ukraine were third in 3:26.57 seconds. There was one non-automatic qualifier in the heat, as Belgium ran 3:26.58 seconds for fourth.

The finals take place on Sunday at 1:15 pm Jamaica time.

Sergino Dest will take time to consider his international future as he ponders a switch from the United States to his native Netherlands.

Ajax full-back Dest made his first two USA appearances in a pair of friendlies in September but was not included in the squad for this month's CONCACAF Nations League games against Cuba and Canada.

USA boss Gregg Berhalter confirmed he had held "positive" talks with the 18-year-old but Dest is not ready to commit to featuring in competitive matches, which would bind him to the nation he represented at several youth levels.

Netherlands have expressed interest, with Ronald Koeman said to have engaged the defender in discussions about a change of allegiance.

"I haven't decided yet on either one. I need more time," Dest told Fox Sports after Ajax's victory at Valencia in the Champions League.

"It's a decision I have to make for my entire life, so I want to handle it with care. I need to think carefully, that's why I left it alone this time.

"Hopefully I will have decided by next month but if I need more time I'll take it."

Dest, who was born and raised in the Dutch city of Almere, has been tipped to enjoy a bright future.

Erik ten Hag promoted him to the first team at Ajax this season and has handed the teenager 12 appearances in all competitions.

France coach Jacques Brunel is looking to England for inspiration ahead of facing the United States in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday.

The Pool C contest was in doubt due to the lurking Typhoon Mitag, though organisers confirmed on Monday that the fixture is expected to go ahead without interruption.

As such, France have ploughed ahead with their preparations and Brunel looked back to England's 45-7 thrashing of their next opponents.

Brunel expects USA to be less "powerful" than Tonga, who they play on Sunday, though does believe they are not lacking in athletic attributes.

The coach has tweaked France's training accordingly after beating Argentina 23-21 in their campaign opener and is hopeful of mirroring England's dominance.

"We cannot say that we did not take [the difference in our futures opponents' styles of play] into consideration," Brunel said, according to quotes in L'Equipe. "There are different characteristics.

"The United States are athletic even though they are less powerful than Tonga. We must also value the performance of the English, who put them under pressure.

"This American team is feared for the physical qualities it develops. It was nevertheless well dominated by England, and we hope to do the same."

France were left red-faced in the build-up on Sunday, however, as they announced La Rochelle tighthead prop Uini Atonio as the replacement for Demba Bamba, who will miss the rest of the tournament with a thigh injury.

They then realised Atonio had suffered a neck injury the day before, leading to the French Rugby Federation (FFR) apologising to fans when subsequently confirming the call-up of Cedate Gomes Sa instead.

Brunel has made 12 changes to the side, though USA defensive coach Jacques Fourie remains entirely aware of the challenge facing the United States.

"There's a big beast lying ahead of us and that's France," he said. "We need to mentally and physically be ready or that challenge. I don't think we can get any worse [than against England].

"We need to rock up and we need to make our tackles. If you don't make your tackles, you're going to end up behind the advantage line every time.

"We need to stop their lineout mauls, because they're going to lick their lips from what they saw against England."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

France - Camille Lopez

In claiming the hard-fought scalp of Argentina, Lopez played a vital role off the bench, clinching victory with a drop-goal. He comes into XV on Wednesday, starting at fly-half.

United States - AJ MacGinty

Sale Sharks' MacGinty is closing in on becoming USA's second-highest point scorer and, if they are to stand any chance of beating France, they will surely need the Dublin-born fly-half's kicking to be on point.

Key Opta facts

- USA have won only one of their 42 matches against top tier opposition in the professional era (since 1996), a 30-29 victory against Scotland last year.
- USA led 21-17 at half-time in their last game against France (2004); that 21-point tally was more than they had scored by full-time in any of their previous six meetings, though it was not enough to clinch victory on the day.
- AJ MacGinty (278) needs a tally of just nine points to eclipse Matt Alexander (286) as the second highest point-scorer for the USA in international rugby; only Mike Hercus (465) has scored more than the pair.
- Joe Taufete'e has scored 20 tries in Test rugby, five more than any other front row forward in Test history (Keith Wood – 15), those 20 tries coming in just 24 games.

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