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By Tom Fordyce
Sports writer in Tokyo
England face Argentina in the World Cup on Saturday with a quarter-final place in stake – also, four decades after being knocked out at the group phase, the official line from the England camp in Japan is apparent: take nothing for granted.
Englands World Cup tilt has so far resembled an old-school video game. A breeze during the first 2 levels a more challenging one still beyond.
Fight through all seven in seven months and the prize in the sport will be but no-one in the camp is adventurous – at least to look any further than Argentina.
If thats a PR plan, it doesnt necessarily fit that of the service. England havent lost in a couple of years to Argentina. The Pumas were around a run of 10 consecutive defeats – the fated into their history – until last weeks win.
The men of beat Mario Ledesma once again in Tokyo on England and Saturday day will get qualified for the quarter-finals.
Argentina are a very enthusiastic nation, and they perform their hearts on their sleeves, England skipper Owen Farrell advised BBC 5 Live.
They have a good deal of emotion, theyre renowned for their scrummaging plus theyve backs that will win the ball from the atmosphere and make things out of nothing. We are going to need to be at the top of our game.
They seem to perform their soccer at World Cups. The Jaguares playing so well in Super Rugby this year [that the Buenos Aires-based aspect reached the closing ] has obviously place them in great stead coming to this one, and when the vast majority of your staff play collectively week-in, week-out, it has got to be a great thing.
Head coach Eddie Jones has opted to select Farrell at inside centre with his friend George Ford starting at 10.
With the line-up just like the one that took Ireland apart from their World Cup warm-up game, bar the addition of Anthony Watson around the wing, its a settled look for England, Tom Curry along with Sam Underhill once again paired in the back row since Jones looks for quick ball and a fast-tempo match.
England havent lost to Argentina in a World Cup, with Ben Youngs – who is now the next most capped England mens player with his 92nd game in scrum-half – the attempt scorer if his side battled into a unconvincing 13-9 win at Dunedin eight decades ago.
Jones stated:We think that Ford and Farrell is the right way to go at the present time, but weve got other choices, that is an excellent thing for everyone.
You have got to be flexible in your plans. We had our World Cup team pencilled in 3 years back, and every week we have changed it and upgraded it, but we feel like weve got the squad of players here to represent England, and that theyre going to play with a great deal of passion and pride along with brutality.
You play against Argentina and they base their match on the scrum. Its the manhood of the strategy – youve got to put them on up front, at the scrum, at the maul and in the ruck, thats where it is going to be got.
I believe they were unlucky to lose to France. The stats indicate that they ought to have won the game, so weve the best respect for Argentina.
We have worked hard on it and worked hard on developing training situations to take care of scenarios. It is like a tea bag – you do not know how great it is until you place it in water
Jones has opted for a front Collection of Joe Marler, Jamie George along with Kyle Sinckler and a second row combination of Saracens duo Maro Itoje and George Kruis to get a game Argentina replacement hooker Agustin Creevy has predicted will belike a war.
Prop Mako Vunipola and winger Jack Nowell are chosen on the replacements bench for the first time in the championship with overdue squad bolter Lewis Ludlam receiving the nod.
One of Englands most impressive performers over the past 12 weeks, Mark Wilsons exception, will be that the major surprise.
The two Vunipola and Wilson created their England debuts against the Pumas, as did Curry, Underhill and winger Jonny May.
Jones is currently expecting Argentina to turn back the clock 12 years and revert to the gameplan that got Ledesma along with his team-mates all of the way to the last four of that championship South Africa.
Jones explained:They have always had a powerful forward pack, and they have changed their strategy a small bit to become of a phase group, and selecting a left-footer at 10 suggests they are likely to play with a high-kicking game.
They were brilliant in 2007. I can recall being with the South African team that met with them at the semi-final, and they have been a tough team to overcome. But just like any side they have flaws, and we intend to expose those flaws.
Should England triumph, a victory over France in their final group game in the team of one week could establish a quarter-final using Wales in Oita New Zealand the match-up.
Argentina should acquire to have any expectation whatsoever. This is why Ledesma is predicting Saturdays game his sides World Cup. Game over is never far off when the stakes are high.
Former England fly-half Paul Grayson
I dont view Argentina just like they failed in 2015 that can capture England from 22, coming up with a gameplan that is full-field.
I think England have obtained a much better 23 when they go. It strikes me as a match England can lose, not Argentina could triumph.
That dynamic of how emotional the Argentines are… we find tears in the national anthem when they are playing Tonga. They are odds to win but theyre still getting to this fever pitch, initial 20 minutes match done and then that emotion tails off.
Against England, Agustin Creevy will turn into the most-capped Argentine participant ever, you can see them wrapping up that within their to the game.
Argentina struck on the peaks they are capable of when they are emotionally and if England are undercooked, it may be tricky for England.
Both 23-man squads, match them up in a joined-up team and youre likely to select lots of England players.
They need to be charged and ready to perform with, but theres no doubt if England play anywhere near their best they should put Argentina away.
England: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, B Youngs; Marler, George Itoje, Kruis, Curry B Vunipola.
Replacements: M Vunipola, Cowan-Dickie, Cole, Lawes, Ludlam, Heinz, Slade, Nowell.
Argentina: Boffelli; Moroni De La Fuente, Carreras; Urdapilleta Chaparro Figallo Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Desio.
Replacements: Creevy Medrano Lezana Mensa, Delguy.
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