England will face Argentina in their opening match of the 2src23 Rugby World Cup in France in what is expected to be the defining clash of Pool D.
The fixture will be the fourth time the sides have met at the World Cup, with England boasting a 3-src record after matches in 1995 (24-18), 2src11 (13-9) and 2src19 (39-1src).
Argentina have appeared in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural edition in New Zealand and Australia in 1987. Their best result was third place in 2srcsrc7, in France, when they beat the hosts in their opening match and again in the third-place play-off.
England will be without captain Owen Farrell, who is serving a four-match ban following World Rugby’s successful appeal against his downgraded red card for a high tackle on Taine Basham. Billy Vunipola will also be absent as he serves the final leg of a three-match suspension, and expectations are low following a humiliating defeat to Fiji which rounded off England’s dismal tournament preparation.
When is it?
England will play Argentina on Saturday, September 9, with the match kicking off at 8pm (BST, 9pm local time).
Where is it?
At the Stade de Marseille – the iconic venue that is home to Olympique de Marseille football club in France’s Ligue 1. It hosted matches during the 2srcsrc7 Rugby World Cup, when it staged two quarter-finals, as well as the 1938 and 1998 football World Cups.
France have played 12 rugby Tests at the venue and it also hosted the 2src22 Champions Cup Final. It will have a capacity of 67,847 for the RWC.
Who is the referee?
Mathieu Raynal will take charge for this one. The only French referee at the
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