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"We are all feeling positive for the Japan game," said Wyles, who sets a USA record with his 30th start at fullback Sunday. "Obviously we are aware the tour so far hasn't gone as planned in terms of results but we are massively motivated to put in a good performance. The atmosphere amongst the group is still brilliant - everyone wants to work for each other."
The USA is 0-4 so far this year, losing three of those matches by a total of 19 points. Tries have not come easily, but their defense has usually been very solid.
The only game where it wasn't so close was Wednesday's loss to Fiji. In that game the USA suited up a squad that was nowhere near as experienced as the top Eagle 15. But Wyles said there were some positives, and some harsh lessons.
"The Fiji game was a learning curve for us," said Wyles, who did not start
in that game. "We didn't look after the ball well enough and that cost us
the game. We need to execute on the basics otherwise we won't be moving
forward as a team. I believe if we do that we have the players and the team
culture to go far."