Owen Farrell England face do-or-die Pumas to reach RWC quarterfinals

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TOKYO (AP) — Argentina doesn’t have a choice.

Beat England on Saturday, or it makes its earliest exit from a Rugby World Cup in 16 years.

This was always going to be a crunch match in Pool C: Three Tier One sides can’t fit into two quarterfinal slots.

The stakes deepened for the Pumas after losing to France 23-21 on the opening weekend. France still has to play England, too, but having already got past Argentina, the French may not need _ yet _ to beat England to advance.

“This is a final,” hooker and former Pumas captain Agustin Creevy says. “We are fully confident.”

England has a lot at stake in Tokyo, too. A win qualifies it for the quarterfinals after embarrassingly missing out in 2015 in its home tournament.

England is as fully confident as the Pumas, with even more reason to be.

England has beaten up Argentina for the past decade, winning nine straight tests. The English won their only previous two World Cup matchups, although both had to be toughed out. England prevailed 24-18 in 1995 in Durban, and needed a Ben Youngs converted try in the 67th minute to win 13-9 in 2011 at Dunedin.

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