Rugby World Cup 2019: England team to play Argentina

Manu Tuilagi

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Argentina in England’s third pool match of Rugby World Cup 2019 at Tokyo Stadium (KO 5pm local time, 9am UK time live on ITV Sport).

Owen Farrell will captain the side at inside centre with Manu Tuilagi playing at outside centre for his second game of the tournament.

Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Anthony Watson make up the back three with George Ford starting at fly half.

Ben Youngs will start his 92nd game for his country becoming the third most capped England men’s player behind Dylan Hartley (97) and Jason Leonard (114). Dan Cole will equal Youngs if he features in the game off the bench.

Joe Marler, Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler are named in the front row with Maro Itoje and George Kruis as the lock pairing. Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola will start in the back row.

Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola are included in the match day 23 for the first time in the tournament having both recovered from long-term injury.

Jones said: “We are in Tokyo for the first time and the players are excited to be here and have had a good week’s preparation so far. We know Argentina are a very good team and our players will be ready for the game.

“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.”

England starting XV
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 35 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 38 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 75 caps) C
11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 61 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 91 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 64 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 41 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 27 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 30 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 37 caps)
6 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 47 caps)

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 54 caps)
18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 91 caps)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 77 caps)
20 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
21 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)
22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 23 caps)
23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)

20 thoughts on “Rugby World Cup 2019: England team to play Argentina

  1. Apart from Daly at 15(Eddies blind spot) this is a very strong team and anything less than a comfortable win would not be acceptable.What would be fabulous is 2 crushing wins in next 2 matches so we face Australia full of confidence

    1. Although two crushing victories would be great I would err on the side of caution with this as overconfidence against the Aussies could blow up in our faces.

  2. I think Mark Wilson can feel very hard done by.
    I’m also uneasy about Mako. Yes, he’s a “worldy” but is he truly, fully fit?

  3. Its a case of being Damned if you are Damned if you are”nt for EJ.It is undeniable that Mako,Henry and Jack need game time badly but it is equally undeniable that JJ has been top drawer,and Ellis and Mark have been equally impressive.Thats what you get the big bucks for-making the right decisions on 50/50 calls.I will be happy if we win with everyone coming through uninjured so EJ has a full compliment to choose from for the French match.The only downside is that if those recently injured subs come off again crocked,the damnation will be fulsome and even worse if we lose the match!

    1. It’s now got to the point where the injured need to earn back those first class flights. If they come back Friday and it was too soon, they need to be replaced. If they’re not ready yet and need another week of recovery, they’ll be undercooked for the knock outs, and so need to be replaced now to allow the newbies to get up to scratch in time for knockouts. In my head, we’re at the last chance saloon for Mako, Henry and Jack to prove their worth.

  4. Seems a bit of a risk having Nowell, Slade and MV on the bench! Hopefully they are all fighting fit though.
    Wilson has the right to be a wee bit pissed off but this might be a horses for courses selection and we’ll possibly see him back against the French
    Wish we had another tighthead who wasn’t Cole

    1. The idea of Cole as a finisher is a joke! Like others, am worried about 3 players of questionable fitness on the bench. What if they have to come on early and go off injured again? Is it really advisable to have all 3 on the bench in such an important match? Cocka and JJ are surely more suitable finishers and I am puzzled that we don’t have Wilson on the bench and therefore no cover for Billy.
      Hope all this isn’t going to backfire, am feeling nervous right now.
      Cole on the bench makes me despair!

      1. i share your anxiety Bolter.
        I imagine Ludlam will be covering for Billy for me Wilson has more nous and is a bit bigger and stronger. The bench is quite confusing. Is Lawes in purely as a replacement lock or is he doing a double shift in the back row too?
        Cole will only be effective off the sofa if we are 30 up and cruising ,as he will offer nothing in the loose. i’ve got a nasty feeling about all this. Please Eddie, don’t screw it up!

    2. If Mako, Nowell and Slade are close to fit I think they have to get game time. Otherwise EJ is basically picking from a 28 man squad for the rest of the tournament. There is still a long way to go and if they come through successfully he has more options for future games. If Mako proves not to be fit then Marler and Genge are strong alternatives, but having only two tight heads when Cole needs either to start against strong scrummaging packs or not be in the squad at all is a real concern. I would hope that Nowell and Slade are there so that EJ can have a look at them or Watson at full back. Daly is flaky and not in good form. Wilson and Joseph will probably feel a bit miffed but it is a marathon not a sprint and there is more depth in this squad than I thought there would be a couple of months ago. Still don’t think we can win a WC with Youngs at 9 though.

  5. Bit surprised at the lack of belief in this team which, some potential injury concerns aside, looks as nr as dammit to England’s 1st choice. I mean it’s Argentina. They have issues scoring tries. England usually despatch them. What’s the real issue? England will likely match them in the set piece & with 2 7’s, should also be at least competitive in the breakdown. Providing England dominate territory, possession, which I expect they will, then they should prevail. They’ll need to win the game of course, but at the same time use it to sharpen up their running lines, timing, passing, accuracy, decision making & also emboldening the latter, IMO. I.e., going for the lineout, rather than nec just the posts. It’s an opportunity to do all this & therefore boost confidence; their’s as well as that of some TRB punters here?

  6. It’s interesting, us Brits are only happy when we are moaning I think. I do share the sentiments on Cole though, for me he starts or doesn’t appear; is it worth the experiment of Marler on the bench to cover the tight head instead? Genge certainly doesn’t deserve to be left out. I would prefer Wilson to Ludlam purely for his ability to play across the back line. Daly has a lot to prove I think; now people are fit there is a real case for Watson at fb. Mako, Nowell and Slade should start imo, rather they can’t off early than broke after being a replacement but I agree this is a last chance; we can’t carry anyone from here.

    1. We certainly love a good moan Stu – but I think its slightly more than that. Its too many experiences with England looking good and then managing to f*** it all up – whether in World Cups or the 6 Nations.
      I think we’re all now traumatised to the extent that we look for when the disaster will arrive – rather than if it will arrive

  7. Just to add to the doom and gloom, Creevy has already said this game will be an intense forward battle which tells us the Pumas will be scenting English blood………

    1. Argentina are no longer a team renowned for their scrum dominance. They play a lot more freely and look to offload. England’s forward pack is more than capable of holding its own against any team in the world when it comes to set piece. In the loose, it will be about securing ruck and recycling possession. I think this is why Cole is on the bench – he doesn’t do anything flashy but is solid at the set piece and will hit rucks until the cows come home.

        1. A bit harsh Pablito. I agree he has plenty of previous, but he does seem to have improved this aspect of his game, conceding only five penalties in his last nine England games, which isn’t bad for a tight head. He is a terrific scrummager but I agree he brings no dynamism off the bench.

  8. Great to see Mako’s name on the team sheet again and I really hope he is fully fit and comes through the game ok. I still think he will be key in the knockout stages. Fully fit he’s an 80 minute prop who can do the work of a flanker.

  9. Agreed Pablito! Last world cup was so horrendous that many of us are just waiting in dread for something to go wrong.
    Red card in the first minute – check.
    Faz to get into an argument with the ref and punch him in the gob -check.
    Half the team to collide with each other and go down injured- check.
    In all seriousness I do worry that nerves are going to adversely affect us. Eddie also seems very emotional and on edge – hope he’s not communicating this to the team.

  10. I think Daly is an excellent player , be in my England team somewhere, I can only see 1 of 3 teams winning the WC , NZ, S.A and England , if England lost to Wales then it would be S.A or NZ, I cant see any other outcomes , ie, cant see Wales beating NZ, Possibly SA but I wouldn’t put money on it , if they can avoid each other I think NZ Will beat Eng in the final [Welshman]

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