Wednesday, October 2

France vs USA (5:45pm)
France (-24.5)

There is no Tuesday games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but the action returns on Wednesday for a Pool C fixture between Six Nations and Tier One side France and the United States.

There is obviously a huge class difference between these two sides, regardless of how strong of a side that Les Bleus coach Jacques Brunel decides to field, and it could prove to be a long night at the office for the USA.

France was pushed all the way by Argentina first-up but took a big step towards surviving the group by getting the result. The United States meanwhile were comfortably accounted for by England, but they should be better for the run.

I simply cannot look past France’s big edge and 24.5 points looks to be a very coverable line.

New Zealand vs Canada (8:15pm)
Canada (+66.5)

The competition favourites and defending champions New Zealand will return to action in Wednesday’s second Rugby World Cup fixture and understandably, the All Blacks are unbackable favourites. At publish, there is $67 about Canada, which is probably unders.

The All Blacks opened their campaign with a smart win over Rugby Championship rivals South Africa, and they are simply going through their gears before the knockout stage of the tournament.

I think that there is around a 35-point difference between a full-strength New Zealand side and Italy and given Italy defeated Canada by 41 points last week, that would suggest the All Blacks are good to cover the massive line on offer here. There’s almost no way that Steve Hansen will field anything close to his best team for this, however and I’m giving Canada some chance of finishing within the 66.5 points required.