Published On: Sat, Oct 5th, 2019

England vs Argentina LIVE: Rugby World Cup score and updates as England seek quarters | Rugby | Sport


8.45am: England wary

England are expected to win today but it’s not going to be easy.

England attack coach Scott Wisemantel said: “[Argentina will pose] a huge challenge.

“They carry a lot of threats and that reflects what they have done with their systems with the Jaguares in Super Rugby and also their Argentina B team which plays pretty well.

“They have a good system and play a lot of rugby. You have your spiritual leaders like Agustin Creevy, but you also have guys who can really open a game up like Emiliano Boffelli at fullback – a very good player.”

8.30am: England on form

Some stats to go with your bacon sandwiches on this fine Saturday morning…

This will be the third World Cup clash between England and Argentina with the Red Rose winning both previous matches.

Indeed, England have won each of their last nine Test matches against the South Americans.

Argentina beat Tonga in their last match, ending a run of ten consecutive Test defeats.

8.15am: Ford and Farrell axis

George Ford and Owen Farrell are both starting against Argentina and Express Sport columnist Jason Robinson believes the pair will be key.

The 2003 World Cup winner said: “I’m really pleased with the side Eddie Jones has picked for the game. I like the balance of it. He has gone for George Ford and Owen Farrell in tandem at No 10 and 12 and for me that works at its most basic level simply in terms of getting England’s best 15 players on the pitch.

“We have seen New Zealand do so in a slightly different way at this World Cup with Beauden Barrett playing at full-back and Richie Mo’unga at stand-off.

“Eddie Jones went away from the Ford/Farrell blend for a while but with the power of Manu Tuilagi outside, the combination offers England so many options I can see why he has gone back to it.

“Having two playmakers on the pitch provides obvious advantages in allowing Farrell to take pressure off Ford and fill in for him when he is tied up elsewhere.”

8am: Welcome

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to those reading this around the world.

It’s bright and early in London but mid-afternoon in Tokyo where England are preparing to take on Argentina.

Kick-off is in one hour (9am BST, 5pm local) with Eddie Jones knowing a win will put his side into the quarter-finals.

They should do it, but we all know it’s never simple with England.



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