The Kiwi rugby juggernaut has suffered a shock set-back as it prepares for rugby sevens' debut at the Rio Olympics.
Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu's World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing victory over the United States at the Olympic Stadium.
With tougher tests ahead, Samoa started their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 25-16 win over the United States in Pool B on Sunday.
The Wallabies beat the USA Eagles 47-10 in their Test, but had to overcome a shocking first-half performance.
For US Eagles coach Mike Tolkin whose side plays the Wallabies on Saturday, his hope and vision for American rugby goes beyond trying to make the quarter-finals in the World Cup that starts September 18.
When the US Eagles play the Wallabies at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, coach Mike Tolkin will have no fear about playing at the same venue where they were thrashed by the All Blacks last November.
Kenya vice-captain Collins Injera may have left a costly mark on the London rugby sevens tournament after celebrating his 200th international try by pulling a pen out of his sock and signing a television camera.
A three-try burst in six minutes allowed Tonga to race away from the United States in a 40-12 rugby win on Saturday at Kingsholm in England.
Code hopper Sonny Bill Williams made a successful return to international rugby by scoring two tries as the All Blacks hammered the United States 74-6 in their Test at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.
Scotland made Vern Cotter's debut as coach a winning one, downing the United States 24-6 in a clash between teams that will face each other at next year's Rugby World Cup.
The United States booked a berth in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 32-13 victory over Uruguay on Saturday at Kennesaw State University.
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Scrumhalf Agustin Ormaechea scored a try five minutes from time to give Uruguay a 27-27 draw with favourites the United States in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Australian-born American forward Hayden Smith has returned to leading English club Saracens after spending 18 months with the New York Jets in the NFL.
Fiji kept alive their hopes of winning the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament when they beat the United States in a comprehensive 35-10 showing in Japan on Wednesday.
The USA Eagles easily beat Russia 40-26 at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on Friday.
Riccardo Bocchino kicked three penalties and two conversions as Italy beat the United States 30-10, running in three tries on Saturday.
Roland Suniula and Taylor Mokate, brought into the United States starting line-up this week, both scored tries to help the USA Eagles beat Georgia 36-20 on Saturday.
New skipper Aaron Carpenter scored the winning try and fullback James Pritchard kicked in 13 points as Canada beat the United States 28-25 in a rugby union match on Saturday.