(( Online Free Watch Live )) England v Argentina: When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup third-place play-off?
Everything you need to know about Argentina vs England at Stade de France, on Friday, 27 October.
Rugby World Cup 2023 bronze final preview: Argentina vs England
Argentina and England will meet on Friday night to decide third place at the 2023 Rugby World Cup after losing their respective semi-finals. The two teams have already played each other once at this tournament, in the pool stages, when England won 27-10. That was England’s 11th win in their last 12 meetings, with Argentina’s sole success during that period coming at Twickenham 11 months ago. England were the only unbeaten team to reach the semi-finals at this World Cup – after miserable results this year – and were three minutes from the final using a gameplan tailored for South Africa and wet conditions. England’s only flaw was the scrum in a 16-15 loss. Even so, it’s a familiar-looking side, with 19 survivors from the 23 who lost to England in the opening round. England, too, after coming so close to beating defending champions South Africa on Saturday, will want to sign off from a tournament that has exceeded expectations with one more win – and give the likes of Dan Cole, Danny Care and Ben Youngs one last Rugby World Cup hurrah. Head coach Steve Borthwick has made eight personnel changes to his starting XV following last weekend’s semi-final loss against South Africa, with five in the pack - including an all-new front-row. Tom Curry, winning his 50th cap on his 49th start for England, is one of three forwards who retains his place in the starting line-up as he switches to blindside for the first time since December 2020. Youngs earns his first start at RWC 2023 after playing 53 minutes in total off the bench in two appearances, and will resume a half-back partnership with Owen Farrell – making his 100th England start – last seen in the 2021 Six Nations. Henry Arundell, meanwhile, returns after his five-try outing against Chile in the third pool phase round, albeit on the opposite wing, while Courtney Lawes has dropped out of the matchday 23 altogether.