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Saturday 26th November 14:30 GMT

 

England continue to defend their unbeaten record in 2016 on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium in London, when they welcome Los Pumas of Argentina. In their previous two Autumn internationals, England have ended a long losing sequence against the South African Springboks, winning 37-21, and outgunned a physical Fiji side by 58-15 last weekend. They have now won all 11 matches that they have played under Head Coach Eddie Jones, and their last 12 internationals in total.

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Argentina began their tour with a trip to Tokyo, where they defeated Japan by 54-20. However, since arriving in Europe, they have suffered successive narrow defeats to Wales in Cardiff by 20-24 and Scotland in Edinburgh 16-19. In both defeats they have squared the try count with their conquerors, 2-2 with Wales and 1-1 with Scotland. The two countries haven't met since 2009, when England won 31-12 at Twickenham, a fifth straight win for the Red Rose against Los Pumas, who last tasted success against Saturday's opponents in Salta in 2009, when they squeezed home by 24-22. All in all, the two sides have faced each other 19 times, with England winning 14 of those games, Argentina four, but only once in England. A 25-18 success in 2008, while one game ended in a draw.

Posted: 9th November 2013

 

Despite last weekend's 20-13 victory over Australia in the first of their three Autumn Tests, the England side for the match against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday shows four changes to the starting XV from the match against the Wallabies. The Leicester prop, Dan Cole, who has made himself something of a fixture in the England front row since making his debut in 2010, is replaced by Bath tight-head David Wilson. While the rest of last weekend's front row is also changed, as Northampton's Dylan Hartley replaces Leicester's Tom Youngs at hooker, and loose-head Joe Marler comes in for the injured Mako Vunipola.

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The other change is in the backs, with Ben Foden, normally a full back at club level, replacing the injured Marland Yarde on the wing. A place that would probably have been filled by Christian Wade, who also finds himself ruled out through injury, having strained a hamstring. Scrum-half Ben Youngs will need to pass a fitness test on Saturday morning, if he is to take his place on the bench, otherwise the back up scrum half spot, will go to Danny Care. Cole and Youngs are joined on the bench by other experienced internationals, including fellow British and Irish Lions Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling, who return from injury and concussion respectively. Saracens full-back Alex Goode is on the bench to provide cover for the back three, while Bath lock Dave Attwood drops out of the match day squad altogether.


Tags: Twickenham Stadium, Argentina, England, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Tom Youngs, Ben Foden, Christian Wade
Posted: 26th November 2016


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