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England vs Argentina LIVE: Steve Borthwick’s struggling side look to start World Cup campaign with victory – UK start time, team news and how to follow


England will look to get their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign off to the perfect start when they face Argentina this weekend.

England’s preparations for the tournament have been far from ideal as they have lost three of their four warm-up games, while they also lost three Six Nations matches.

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Borthwick’s time as England head coach has been far from smooth so farCredit: Getty

On paper, Steve Borthwick’s side have been handed one of the easier groups as they managed to avoid facing New Zealand, South Africa and France.

But if they play like they did last time out in their 22-30 defeat at Twickenham against Fiji, they won’t stand much hope of progressing very far.

Argentina are currently ranked sixth in the world, two places above England, and they recorded a narrow win over Australia in July and just lost to South Africa.

So this will be a very stern test for an England side short of confidence and form.

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England vs Argentina: Date and how to follow

This Pool D Rugby World Cup clash will take place on Saturday, September 9.

It’s due to get underway at 8pm UK time at the Stade de Marseille, in Marseille.

The match will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1 or ITVX.

Their coverage will start at 7:15pm.

talkSPORT will have updates from the south of France throughout and talkSPORT.com will have all the best of the reaction.

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England are already in France preparing for the start of the tournament

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England are already in France preparing for the start of the tournament

England vs Argentina: Team news

England have already selected their squad for the World Cup but are set to be without several players for the opening of the tournament.

Both Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola will miss this opening match due to bans after both were sent off during England’s warm-up games.

Farrell will serve the third of his four-match ban but Vunipola could have his own three-game suspension reduced if he completes the World Rugby coaching programme on tackling – making him available for England’s clash with Japan.

There are also injury concerns, with Courtney Lawes absent from training.

Elliot Daly and Tom Curry have ankle and knee issues, making them early doubts.

Meanwhile, Henry Arundell has been having problems with back spasms, so is being monitored.

But Manu Tulagi and Kyle Sinckler are back in light training.

Farrell will have to watch from the sidelines as England take on Argentina

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Farrell will have to watch from the sidelines as England take on ArgentinaCredit: Getty

England World Cup squad

Forwards: Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Theo Dan (Saracens), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), George Martin (Leicester Tigers), David Ribbans (Toulon), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks) Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Walker (Harlequins), Jack Willis (Toulouse).

Backs: Henry Arundell (Racing 92), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Sale Sharks), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), Max Malins (Bristol Bears), Joe Marchant (Stade Francais), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Argentina World Cup squad

Forwards Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Francisco Gómez Kodela, Joel Sclavi, Thomas Gallo, Eduardo Bello, Julián Montoya (captain), Agustín Creevy, Ignacio Ruiz, Matías Alemanno, Tomás Lavanini, Guido Petti, Facundo Isa, Pablo Matera, Juan Martín González, Santiago Grondona, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni,Pedro Rubiolo.

Backs: Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomás Cubelli, Lautaro Bazán Vélez, Santiago Carreras, Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Matías Moroni, Emiliano Boffelli, Mateo Carreras, Rodrigo Isgró, Juan Cruz Mallía, Martín Bogado,
Juan Imhoff.

England vs Argentina: What has been said?

Former England head coach and current Australia boss Eddie Jones believes the RFU (Rugby Football Union) are at fault for the team’s recent struggles.

He said: “They’re [England] not producing quality players.

“Everyone looks at the head coach, and [says] ‘Let’s blame the head coach’. But the onus on producing quality players is on the RFU. And that hasn’t happened.

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“You’ve got to look at why you’re not bringing talent through. Then you’ve got to look at why your talent development systems are not doing that.

“The system’s not right. What needs to change? Where’s the gap? That’s the responsibility of the RFU.”

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