Mako Vunipola England vs Argentina, Rugby World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

England vs Argentina in both sides third match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. England have recorded two bonus point victories in their opening matches against Tonga and the USA. Argentina lost their opening match narrowly to France.

When is it?

Saturday 5 October in Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off for this game is 9.00am BST, 5.00pm local time.

What TV channel is it on?

This one will be broadcast on ITV, with the replays and a live stream available on the ITV Hub. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here with Telegraph Sport.

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What is the latest team news?

England

England will enter their crucial World Cup clash with Argentina boosted by the return of Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell from the bench.

Vunipola and Nowell missed the Pool C victories over Tonga and USA because of respective hamstring and ankle injuries but have been passed fit for the first major test of the group phase.

The starting XV shows only one change to the side that secured a bonus point in the Sapporo opener with George Kruis replacing Courtney Lawes in the second row.

Kruis is England’s best line-out technician and he partners Saracens team-mate Maro Itoje at lock with Lawes dropping to the bench to supply engine room cover.

Vunipola has played just 17 minutes of rugby since May 11 after his comeback against Ireland during the warm-up Tests was aborted when he damaged the scar tissue on his hamstring.

Joe Marler continues at prop with Vunipola, the sport’s foremost loosehead, set to make his return as a second-half replacement at Tokyo Stadium.

Nowell has not played since his blockbusting performance for Exeter in last season’s Gallagher Premiership final but is present on the bench where he will be unleashed as a hard-running impact substitute.

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Argentina

Argentina have left fly-half Nicolas Sanchez out of their matchday squad for the first time in three years for their must-win clash against England in Tokyo.

Sanchez has not missed a World Cup or Rugby Championship game since 2016 when he was injured, but Benjamin Urdapilleta has been preferred in the number 10 jersey with Lucas Mensa offering cover on the bench.

The Pumas make one change to the side that defeated Tonga 28-12 with Javier Ortega Desio replacing Tomas Lezana at number eight.

Agustin Creevy started a war of words earlier this week when he described England’s style of play as “boring”, but the veteran hooker can only win a place on the bench.

If he does appear at Tokyo Stadium, however, he will break Felipe Contepomi’s record to become Argentina’s most capped player on 88 Test appearances.

There are only six survivors from 21-8 defeat by England in 2017 – the last time the nations played – including inspirational captain Matera and openside Marcos Kremer.

Team:E Boffelli; M Moroni, M Orlando, J de la Fuente, S Carreras; B Urdapilleta, T Cubelli; N Tetaz Chaparro, J Montoya, J Figallo, GP Pagadizabal, T Lavanini, P Matera (capt), M Kremer, JO Desio.

Replacements:A Creevy, M Vivas, S Medrano, M Alemanno, T Lezana, F Ezcurra, L Mensa, B Delguy.

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What is the head to head record between the two teams?

England and Argentina have met on 23 occasions, with England coming out on the winning side 18 times. Argentina have won on four meetings with the first fixture between the sides in 1981 end

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