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Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola named to make returns against desperate Argentinian side

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named his team to play Argentina in England’s third pool match of Rugby World Cup 2019 at 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 Anthony Watson make up the back three with George Ford starting at fly half.

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.

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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, Sam 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 injuries.

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.”

Argentina will almost certainly be out of contention for the quarterfinals if they lose to England, adding some extra excitement to the contest.

England: Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell (c), Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, George Kruis, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Jaime George, Joe Marler. Res: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell.

– with England Rugby

Anthony Watson has spoken of the extra motivation that having so many on-form wings in the squad provides him with:

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Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola named to make returns against desperate Argentinian side