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Rugby League World Cup preview: Scotland v USA
- Always prepared
- England boss hopeful over duo
- McNamara heading down under
- Hardaker eyes full-back berth
- England confirm Italy date
- Reed shoulders World Cup blow
- Sheens: Kiwis are favourites
- Parish takes on Samoa WC role
- Kiwis want Sonny Bill Williams
- Wales v Italy: Teams
- New Zealand v Samoa: Teams
- England v Australia: Teams
- PNG v France: Teams
- USA v Cook Islands: Teams
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Scotland v Italy: Teams
- Tonga v Cook Islands: Teams
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Knights power past Samoa
- Papa New Guinea sting Scotland
- New Zealand warm up in style
- Italy stun England in warm-up
- Kangaroos leap into final
- Fiji too strong for Samoa
- England stroll into semis
- Australia put USA to the sword
- Kiwis stroll into semis
- McNamara anticipates tough World Cup
- Sinfield targeting improvement
- Kearney expects spectacular World Cup
- McNamara accepts Burgess ban
- Rugby League World Cup hailed 'greatest'
- Brough targets World Cup quarter-finals
- Australia labelled favourites
- World Cup history
- NZ 42 Samoa 24
- England 42 Ireland 0
- Australia v Ireland
- USA 24 Wales 16
- France 9 PNG 8
- World Cup warm-ups
Scotland can move a step closer to a mouth-watering clash against world Cup holders New Zealand in the quarter-finals if they beat USA on Thursday in Salford.
The Bravehearts are the only undefeated home nation after the first two rounds of group matches and they can take a step closer to a potential clash against the Kiwis if they end the Americans' remarkable run of success
A win at the AJ Bell Stadium would take the Scots two points clear at the top of Group C and leave them with an anxious wait until Sunday when Italy, who have a superior points difference, play Tonga.
Scotland head coach Steve McCormack is forced to make his first changes of the tournament after losing hooker Ian Henderson (knee) and centre Kane Linnett (rib) to injury in the 30-30 draw with Italy.
Andrew Henderson, who will win his 20th cap, is a straight swap for his brother while winger David Scott is the likely replacement for Linnett.
"Ian Henderson has had a great tournament for us and Kane Linnett has been a big strike player for us but it gives opportunities for some of the other players to come in," said McCormack.
With wins over Cook Islands and Wales, the USA are already guaranteed a place in the last eight and an unlikely meeting with Australia.
Terry Matterson's men will be playing their third game in nine days and, as in the build-up to last Sunday's clash with the Welsh, have had the benefit of only one training run.
Matterson is able to stick with the side that beat Wales 24-16 in Wrexham and insists they are not thinking about the quarter-final.
"Our focus is on the Scotland game, we're not getting ahead of ourselves," he said. "There is no talk about what's happening after that."
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