Mako Vunipola Ollie Phillips: Argentina are a potential banana skin, but exactly the kind of test England need

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England are in good form and their World Cup has been wholly positive so far, but Saturday’s game against Argentina definitely represents a banana skin.

Eddie Jones’s side have enjoyed plain sailing in Pool C, comfortably beating Tonga and the USA, and on paper the No10-ranked team should be no different.

However, they haven’t been tested yet in Japan and the Pumas can be dangerous because of their situation. Mario Ledesma’s side are in the last chance saloon, needing to win, and their passion and quality makes them the hardest group game in my opinion. 

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Argentina will throw the kitchen sink at England in Tokyo. They will fly into breakdowns, turn it into a dogfight and do everything they can do to disrupt their opponent’s game. 

The line-out is their biggest weapon and I expect them to also target England aerially with high kicks and strong chases. 

Mako Vunipola England's players take part in a training session in Tokyo on October 1, 2019, during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Argentina will provide England will a physical game in Tokyo (Getty Images)

Ledesma’s side may be on the ropes, but in reality it’s only been one poor half against France that’s cost them. They shouldn’t be underestimated. 

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