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Argentina second row warns England that this is now about revenge

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MARSEILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 9: (L-R) Lautaro Bazán Vélez, Pedro Rubiolo, Joel Sclavi and Guido Petti Pagadizábal of Argentina sing the national anthem ahead of the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Argentina at Stade Velodrome on September 9, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Gaspafotos/MB Media/Getty Images)

Argentina second-row Pedro Rubiolo has warned England that revenge is their motivation for Friday’s World Cup bronze final at the Stade de France.

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The Pumas were crushed 27-10 when the rivals met in their group opener on September 9, even though England played all but 179 seconds without Tom Curry – who was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

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Argentina finished third at the 2007 World Cup and Rubiolo insists it is a prize worth winning.

“It’s revenge for the first game. Finishing third is not the same as finishing fourth,” he said.

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“This is a good opportunity to show we have a lot of desire, a lot of energy, and finish the World Cup in the best way.”

ARGENTINA TEAM TO FACE ENGLAND

1 Thomas Gallo
Julian Montoya (c)
3 Francisco Gómez Kodela
Guido Petti Pagadizabal
5 Pedro Rubiolo
6 Juan Martin Gonzalez
7 Marcos Kremer
8 Facundo Isa
9 Tomas Cubelli
10 Santiago Carreras
11 Mateo Carreras
12 Jeronimo de la Fuente
13 Lucio Cinti
14 Emiliano Boffelli
15 Juan Cruz Mallia

Replacements:
16 Agustín Creevy
17 Joel Sclavi
18 Eduardo Bello
19 Matias Alemanno
20 Rodrigo Bruni
21 Lautaro Bazan Velez
22 Nicolas Sanchez
23 Matías Moroni

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