Saturday, November 9 Venue:
Twickenham Kick Off:
14:30 England put in a strong performance against Australia to win 20 13. The home side were strong defensively and were patient in attack, making sure they took points when they were available. Mike Brown had a man of the match performance at full back while Chris Robshaw validated his selection as captain at flanker. Both sides showed some inconsistency in their games but England showed enough to guarantee victory against a side that put up a very strong test against the Lions in the summer. With the World Cup next year England will be hoping to carry on their form into the rest of the autumn internationals. Stuart Lancaster made a point about winning all of the games his side play and continuing good form by arguing that they want to overtake South Africa in the world rankings.
"If we can keep our winning record up, we'll close the gap. I mentioned it as a goal right at the outset and we're close to achieving it ahead of schedule."
England have been forced into two changes for the game against Argentina. Marlin Yarde and Ben Youngs both picked up injuries against the Wallabies. However Stuart Lancaster is treating these tests as an experiment to give other players a chance in the squad that they otherwise wouldnt get so changes would likely have been made anyway. Following on from their victory against Australia, England will be looking to continue their good form from the summer in anticipation of the Six Nations and the World Cup. Argentina on the other hand have had a poor run of form recently. They have failed to win against a top nation since last November, losing out in the Championships (against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa) and the summer internationals. However they team are under new management and will want to make a mark for themselves. Their passionate rugby and commitment as well as talented front row will provide a good challenge for England but they should be able to overcome the Pumas. England should expect to put in a stronger performance against Argentina than they did Australia and should really be expecting to win this game.
Stuart Lancaster has made four changes to the England team that beat Australia last weekend. The injured Mako Vunipola. Dylan Hartley comes in for Tom Youngs at hooker, Ben Foden replaces Marlin Yarde who picked up an injury while Ben Youngs misses out to Danny Care. Argentina have named a number of uncapped players in their squad that is under the new management of Daniel Hourcade. England
M Brown, C Ashton, J Tomkins, B Twelvetrees, B Foden, O Farrel, L Dickson, J Marler, D Hartley, D Wilson, J Launchbury, C Lawes, T Wood, C Robshaw (Captain) and B Vunipola. Replacements - T Youngs, A Corbisiero, D Cole, G Parling, B Morgan, B Youngs, T Flood and A Goode. Argentina
L Gonzalez Amorisino, H Agulla, M Bosch, S Fernandez, J Imhoff, N Sanchez, T Cubell, M Ayerza, E Guinazu, M Bustos, P Albacete, M Galarza, J Farias Cabello, P Matera and H Manuel Leguizamon Replacements S Inglesias Valdez, N Lobo, J Pablo Orlandi, M Carizza, B Macombe, M Landajo, G Tiesi and S Cordero.