England vs. Argentina: Rugby World Cup 2023 Showdown!

England vs. Argentina: Rugby World Cup 2023 Showdown!


The upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023 is set to bring us a thrilling showdown as England takes on Argentina in their opening match. This match carries a lot of historical weight, and recent upsets have added an extra layer of excitement. Let's dive into what you need to know about this much-anticipated clash in the world of rugby.


First off, England, the runner-up in the 2019 World Cup, is gearing up for what could be a challenging start to their campaign. Their first opponent, Argentina, comes into this tournament with newfound confidence, making this an exciting prospect for rugby fans worldwide. While England has had the upper hand historically, this match could rewrite the story of their rivalry.

The history of England and Argentina's rugby clashes dates back to 1978 when they first crossed paths in an England XV match. Fast forward three years to 1981, and they had their inaugural official test match. Over the course of 42 years, these two teams have locked horns 25 times, including three Rugby World Cup encounters. England has emerged victorious in 19 of these meetings, with Argentina claiming five wins. Their first-ever meeting ended in a thrilling 19-19 draw.

One of the standout moments in this historic rivalry occurred in November 2006 when Los Pumas secured their first-ever win over England outside of Argentina. This historic victory marked the end of Andy Robinson's time as England's head coach. Moving forward to November of the previous year, Argentina repeated their success with a dramatic 30-29 victory at a rain-soaked Twickenham, which also marked the departure of England's then-coach, Eddie Jones.

Jones' exit followed a series of internationals that included a loss to South Africa, a draw with New Zealand, and a victory over Japan. This turbulent period has left England with just three wins in nine matches under the leadership of Steve Borthwick, which included an unprecedented loss to Fiji, an emerging rugby nation.

Despite the rocky road leading up to this World Cup, Coach Borthwick remains confident in his squad's potential. A victory against their primary Pool D rivals in the opening round could silence some critics, but there are lingering doubts as to whether this confidence is well-placed.

A compelling subplot in this match is the battle between George Ford and Santiago Carreras. As two Premiership fly-halves, Ford from Sale Sharks and Carreras from Gloucester Rugby, their performance on the grand stage could prove decisive. Carreras, known for his versatility, switching between the 10 and 15 positions, may hold a strategic advantage. The big question is whether Coach Michael Cheika's decision to start Carreras in this crucial role will pay off.

Cheika, the Argentine coach, has opted for experience in his squad for this tournament. His 33-player roster includes the seasoned hooker Agustín Creevy, who, at 38, has become Los Pumas' first-ever test centurion. Additionally, Nicolás Sánchez, a stalwart of Argentine rugby, is entering his fourth Rugby World Cup. With ten other squad members boasting three World Cup appearances, Argentina brings a wealth of experience to the tournament.

In terms of officiating, the match will be overseen by Mathieu Raynal from France, the sole representative of the host nation on the 12-strong referees' panel for RWC 2023.

As the stage is set and the teams prepare to battle it out on the field, here are the lineups for both sides:

England:

- Freddie Steward
- Jonny May
- Joe Marchant
- Manu Tuilagi
- Elliot Daly
- George Ford
- Alex Mitchell
- Ellis Genge
- Jamie George
- Dan Cole
- Maro Itoje
- Ollie Chessum
- Courtney Lawes (captain)
- Tom Curry
- Ben Earl

Argentina:

- Juan Cruz Mallia
- Emiliano Boffelli
- Lucio Cinti
- Santiago Chocobares
- Mateo Carreras
- Santiago Carreras
- Gonzalo Bertranou
- Thomas Gallo
- Julian Montoya (captain)
- Francisco Gómez Kodela
- Matias Alemanno
- Tomas Lavanini
- Pablo Matera
- Marcos Kremer
- Juan Martin Gonzalez

Both teams have named strong squads, and the replacements for England include Theo Dan, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, George Martin, Lewis Ludlam, Danny Care, Marcus Smith, and Ollie Lawrence. Meanwhile, Argentina has Agustín Creevy, Joel Sclavi, Eduardo Bello, Guido Petti, Pedro Rubiolo, Rodrigo Bruni, Lautaro Bazan Velez, and Matías Moroni on standby.

With history, pride, and World Cup aspirations on the line, this England vs. Argentina clash is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated fixtures of the tournament. Rugby fans from around the world will be watching eagerly as these two formidable teams go head-to-head, setting the stage for an exciting Rugby World Cup 2023.


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