Underhill and Watson start against Argentina

3 October 2019

Bath Rugby’s Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson have been named in the starting line/up, as England look to maintain their 100% start to their Rugby World Cup campaign against Argentina on Saturday (kick-off 09:00 - live on ITV). 

Underhill returns to the matchday squad at openside flanker, whilst Watson takes his place on the right wing for the game at the Tokyo Stadium. 

Owen Farrell will captain the side at inside centre with Manu Tuilagi playing at outside centre for his second game of the tournament.

Elliot Daly, Jonny May and  Watson make up the back three with George Ford starting at fly-half against the Pumas.

Ben Youngs will start his 92nd game for his country becoming the third most capped England men’s player behind Dylan Hartley (97) and Jason Leonard (114). Dan Cole will equal Youngs if he features in the game off the bench.

Joe Marler, Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler are named in the front row with Maro Itoje and George Kruis as the lock pairing. Tom Curry, Underhill and Billy Vunipola will start in the back row.

Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola are included in the match day 23 for the first time in the tournament having both recovered from long-term injury.

Jones said: “We are in Tokyo for the first time and the players are excited to be here and have had a good week’s preparation so far. We know Argentina are a very good team and our players will be ready for the game.  

“Argentina is a completely different team from others we have played so far in the pool stages and are always about the physical contest. This week it’s about getting our game right, our set piece in a good place and making sure defensively we are organised and ready to find ways to score points against them.”


15. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 35 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 38 caps)
13. Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 75 caps) (c)
11. Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps)
10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 61 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 91 caps)
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 64 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 41 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 27 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 30 caps)
5. George Kruis (Saracens, 37 caps)
6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)
7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 47 caps)


16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 54 caps)
18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 91 caps)
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 77 caps)
20. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
21. Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)
22. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 23 caps)
23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)

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