England, finalists in 2src19, open their Rugby World Cup 2src23 challenge with a difficult clash against an Argentina side confident of booking a place in the knockout phase of the competition.
Tournament history favours Steve Borthwick’s side – England have won the three previous RWC meetings, including a convincing 39-1src victory in Japan four years ago.
But Los Pumas came out on top the last time the two sides met, last November – and they’ve had a confidence-boosting run-in to the tournament. Unlike England.
Kick off is at 21:srcsrc
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FIXTURE: England v Argentina
GROUND: Stade de Marseille (67,847)
KICK-OFF: 21:srcsrc local time (GMT+2)
The first match between an England XV and Argentina was in 1978. The first test, in which players from both sides were capped came three years later in 1981.
In the 42 years that have followed, the two sides have met 25 times – including three times in Rugby World Cups. England have won 19 of them, Argentina five, and that first match ended in a 19-19 draw.
In November 2srcsrc6, Los Pumas recorded their first win over England outside Argentina – a result that ended the era of Andy Robinson as head coach.
Last November, they finally added to that number, with a dramatic and thoroughly deserved 3src-29 victory at a rain-sodden Twickenham.
England led 16-12 at half-time, but Emiliano Boffelli and player-of-the-match Santiago Ca
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