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England to face Argentina at Rugby World Cup

George Ford is again at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at the inside center as England face Argentina looking to claim 3 Rugby World Cup wins in a row.

The team of Saturday is the same one opening the tournament against Tonga, besides the inclusion of lock George Kruis in place of Courtney Lawes.

Ben Youngs will become the England female team’s third most capped player as he plays in his 92nd game.

Head coach Eddie Jones said that Argentina was always about the physical contest. He also added they got good players and a reasonably settled way of playing. They enjoyed World Cups more than the other teams because there was such pride and passion. Therefore, the challenge for his team is to show the same level of intensity and passion at the very start of the game.

Eddie Jones has opted for a second-row combination of Kruis and Maro Itoje allied to the youthful back row of Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, and Tom Curry for a match that has been predicted to be like a war by Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy.

Prop Mako Vunipola and winger Jack Nowell have been chosen on the replacements’ bench for the first time in this tournament after recovering from long-term injuries, and late squad bolter Lewis Ludlam also has got the nod.

Joe Marler, who retired from England duty one year ago, is in the front row beside Kyle Sinckler and Jamie George.

Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, and Jonny May are selected in the back three.

Jones was in an emotional mood after the death this week of the coach Jeff Sayle at Randwick in Sydney who first picked him for that famous club and then nurtured him.

Sayle was also the coach of the 1980s’ great Randwick team including the Ella brothers, David Campese, and current Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Defeat for Argentina would end their World Cup campaign at the pool stage, 4 years after they marched to the last four.

Although they have not beaten England since 2009, their recent record in the tournament is superior to that of their opponents.

Meanwhile, England knows a win would put them into the last eight, with either Wales or Australia likely opponents in the quarter-finals.