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.
The Pumas have never reached a World Cup final – and were taught a lesson by the All Blacks in their semi – but they have played for third place twice, winning in 2007 and losing in 2015.
When is it?
England will play Argentina in the so-called bronze final on Friday, October 27 (the day before the final).The game kicks off at 8pm (BST), 9pm local time and 4pm in Argentina.
Where is it?
Stade de France
Argentina have played here only once during this year’s tournament, losing to New Zealand in the semi-final.
Similar to the Pumas, Steve Borthwick’s side have played here once already during this year’s World Cup, losing to South Africa in the semi-final.
What is the latest team news?
England team news
Henry Arundell and Freddie Steward will start on the wings for England, with Marcus Smith returning at full-back, as coach Steve Borthwick makes eight changes from the team beaten by South Africa in the semis.
Giving opportunities to several players who have not featured much in the tournament, an all-new front row sees props Ellis Genge and Will Stuart either side of hooker Theo Dan, who has spent the last three matches as an unused replacement.
Ollie Chessum comes back into the second row while Sam Underhill, who joined the squad as an injury replacement two weeks ago, starts at openside flanker.
Tom Curry, who will win his 50th cap, moves to the blindside to reprise the successful back-row partnership from the 2019 tournament, with Ben Earl at No 8.
Scrum-half Ben Youngs starts his first game of the tournament to extend his caps record to 127, with captain Owen Farrell at fly-half.
Jamie George, Bevan Rodd, Dan Cole, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Danny Care, George Ford and Ollie Lawrence are on the bench.
England XV: Smith, Steward, Marchant, Tuilagi, Arundell; Farrell (capt), Youngs; Genge, Dan, Stuart, Itoje, Chessum, Curry, Underhill, Earl.
Replacements: George, Rodd, Cole, Ribbans, Ludlam, Care, Ford, Lawrence.
Argentina team news
Michael Cheika has made three changes to their starting XV from their semi-final defeat to New Zealand.
Tomas Cubelli replaces Gonzalo Bertranou at scrum-half, Jeronimo de la Fuente comes in for Santiago Chocobares at inside centre and Pedro Rubiolo replaces Tomas Lavanini in the second row.
Argentina XV: Gallo, Montaya (capt), Gomez Kodela, Petti, Rubiolo, Gonzalez, Kremer, Isa, Cubelli, S Carreras, M Carreras, de la Fuente, Cinti, Boffelli, Mallia
Replacements: Creevy, Sclavi, Bello, Alemanno, Brun, Bazan Velez, Sanchez, Moroni
How to watch on TV
ITV has exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. England’s semi-final match will be on ITV 1. Read Telegraph Sport’s analysis of the best TV commentators and pundits.
Radio commentary will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC offers a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can also follow the match here on our Telegraph Sport live blog.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for this match, if they are still available, can be purchased via the official Rugby World Cup ticket portal.
Argentina’s results so far
England’s results so far
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