ENGLAND TEAM TO PLAY ARGENTINA

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England men’s head coach Steve Borthwick has named his team to play Argentina in the Bronze Final of the Rugby World Cup 2023 at Stade de France on Friday night (kick-off 9pm CEST, 8pm BST live on ITV Sport).

Owen Farrell will captain a starting XV with eight changes to the side that was narrowly defeated by South Africa in last weekend’s semi-final.

A new-look front row sees vice-captain Ellis Genge return to the starting line-up to pack down with Theo Dan at hooker and Will Stuart at tighthead. The second-row partnership sees Maro Itoje link up with Ollie Chessum. In the backrow, Sam Underhill is named on the openside flank to make his first appearance of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Tom Curry, who will win his 50th England cap on Friday night, moves to the blindside with Ben Earl rounding off the scrum at No.8.

Ben Youngs, England men’s most capped player of all time, starts his first game of the tournament at scrumhalf to win his 127th cap. He partners Owen Farrell who wears the 10 shirt.

An unchanged midfield sees Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant combine again. In the back three, Henry Arundell features on the left wing, with Freddie Steward moving to the right wing and Marcus Smith at full-back.

Amongst the replacements, Jamie George, Bevan Rodd, Dan Cole, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Danny Care, George Ford (vice-captain), and Ollie Lawrence make up a bench which blends youth and experience.

“After the disappointment of last weekend’s game against South Africa, it is important that this Friday we once again play with the determination and dedication that so nearly earned the team the result we wanted,” said Borthwick.

“The Bronze Final gives us a great opportunity to finish the tournament on a positive note, continue to build for the future, and to give our supporters one last chance to get behind the squad out here in Paris. The players are looking forward to the challenge against what will be a strong Argentina side.

“Our support from the many England fans, both at home and from those who have travelled to France to watch the team play, has been nothing short of fantastic. We are incredibly grateful to have your backing and on behalf of the entire England Team I would like to thank you all once again”.

ENGLAND v ARGENTINA
Friday 27 October 2023
Stade de France
Kick-off: 9pm (CEST)

15. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 29 caps)
14. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps)
13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 25 caps)
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 58 caps)
11. Henry Arundell (Racing 92, 9 caps)
10. Owen Farrell – captain (Saracens, 111 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 126 caps)
1. Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 57 caps)
2. Theo Dan (Saracens, 6 caps)
3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 32 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 75 caps)
5. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)
6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 49 caps)
7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)
8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 24 caps)

Replacements:
16. Jamie George (Saracens, 84 caps)
17. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 4 caps)
18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 106 caps)
19. David Ribbans (Toulon, 9 caps)
20. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 24 caps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 95 caps)
22. George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 90 caps)
23. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)

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