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Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell will make their first appearances of the Rugby World Cup, albeit from the replacements’ bench after being named in the England matchday squad for Saturday’s clash against Argentina.
Eddie Jones has reverted to the side that defeated Tonga in the opening match of the World Cup, with the only change to the starting XV being the selection of George Kruis ahead of Courtney Lawes in the second row.
It means Jones has made nine changes to the side that beat the United States last time out, reverting to what appears to be his strongest line-up for the meeting with the Pumas that could seal their progression to the quarter-finals.
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“Argentina is a completely different team from others that we have played so far in the pool stages and are always about the physical contest,” said Jones. “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.”
“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.”
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