Mako Vunipola Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell to boost England against Argentina – Belfast Telegraph

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Mako Vunipola England’s Mako Vunipola will take to the pitch against Los Pumas (Adam Davy/PA)

England’s Mako Vunipola will take to the pitch against Los Pumas (Adam Davy/PA)

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

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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

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