Eddie Jones’ side have already beaten Tonga and the United States at the World Cup2019 Rugby World Cup: England v ArgentinaVenue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Saturday, 5 October Kick-off: 09:00 BSTCoverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app and live on ITVGeorge Ford will once again…
|2019 Rugby World Cup: England v Argentina|
|Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Saturday, 5 October Kick-off: 09:00 BST|
|Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app and live on ITV|
George Ford will once again start at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at inside-centre as England look to make it three World Cup wins out of three on Saturday.
Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Anthony Watson are picked in the back three against an Argentina side narrowly beaten by France in their tournament opener.
Ben Youngs starts his 92nd game at scrum-half to become the third most capped England men’s player of all time.
And Joe Marler, who had retired from international duty a year ago, caps a remarkable comeback with a place in the front row alongside Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler.
Head coach Eddie Jones said: “Argentina is a completely different team from others we have played so far in the pool stages and are always about the physical contest.
“This week it’s about getting our game right, our set piece in a good place and making sure defensively we are organised and ready to find ways to score points against them.”
With Jones opting for a second-row combination of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, the youthful back row of Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola have once again been given the nod for a match that Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy has predicted will resemble a “war”.
Utility back Jack Nowell and prop Mako Vunipola have been selected on the replacements’ bench for the first time in the tournament after recovering from long-term injuries, with late squad bolter Lewis Ludlam also getting the nod.
More to follow.
England starting XV v Argentina:
15 Elliot Daly
14 Anthony Watson
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Owen Farrell
11 Jonny May
10 George Ford
9 Ben Youngs
1 Joe Marler
2 Jamie George
3 Kyle Sinckler
4 Maro Itoje
5 George Kruis
6 Tom Curry
7 Sam Underhill
8 Billy Vunipola
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Mako Vunipola
18 Dan Cole
19 Courtney Lawes
20 Lewis Ludlam
21 Willi Heinz
22 Henry Slade
23 Jack Nowell