September 18, 2011

TO DREAM:

United States targets Australia after Irish upset at World Cup (The Associated Press, 09/18/2011)

Australia's surprise loss to Ireland at the Rugby World Cup has made life more difficult for the Wallabies in many ways, not least raising the ambition of their next Pool C opponents, the United States.

In normal circumstances, the U.S. Eagles might grant themselves little hope of challenging a world rugby power such as two-time World Cup champion Australia. But Ireland's 15-6 win on Saturday has changed their outlook, boosted their confidence and encouraged them to pursue their own American dream.

The United States and Australia meet in Wellington on Friday, both with 1-1 records in pool matches to date.

Asked Sunday whether the United States had any hope of emulating Ireland, captain Todd Clever told reporters: "It's not impossible, is it?"


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