England v Argentina LIVE rugby: Final score and result from autumn international as England lose by a point

England v Argentina LIVE rugby: Final score and result from autumn international as England lose by a point

Winger Emiliano Boffelli scored 25 points as Argentina shocked a misfiring England 30-29 to claim their first win at Twickenham since 2006 and end a 10-game losing streak against the team they face in their opening game at the World Cup.

Boffelli scored a superb try and kicked six penalties as the Pumas went toe to toe with the favourites on a horrible wet day to give them a huge boost ahead of next September’s Marseille clash.

England led 16-12 at half-time, with Joe Cokanasiga’s barrelling try a rare attacking highlight and Boffelli landing four penalties to keep Argentina in touch.

The Pumas surged clear as Boffelli finished off a slick backline move and Santiago Carreras added a second try with a 50-metre breakaway, only for England’s replacement scrum half Jack van Poortvliet to score a minute after coming on. Argentina led by a point and it stayed that way after two more penalties apiece as England never threatened to turn it round and their November programme got off to a disappointing start.

Relive all the action as England lose to Argentina:

England vs Argentina updates

  • FULL-TIME! England 29-30 Argentina

  • 70’ - PEN! Boffelli put Argentina back in front by a single point heading towards the climax (ENG 29-30 ARG)

  • 55’ - TRY! Van Poortvliet makes immediate impact with try from the bench (ENG 23-24 ARG)

  • 52’ - TRY! Carreras scoops a loose ball and runs 60 metres for the score (ENG 16-24 ARG)

  • 47’ - TRY! Boffelli finishes a lovely team move (ENG 16-17 ARG)

  • 25’ - TRY! Cokanasiga thumps his way over for opening try (ENG 10-6 ARG)

England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals

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England made a disastrous start to the autumn after Emiliano Boffelli inspired Argentina to only their second ever victory at Twickenham with a 30-29 win.

Two tries in quick succession by Boffelli and Santiago Carreras catapulted the Pumas into a 24-16 lead with 30 minutes to go as they looked to end a 10-Test losing run in the fixture.

But 29 seconds after coming on as a replacement for Ben Youngs, scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet raced clear from a ruck to slide over the line and, with Owen Farrell kicking a penalty, England appeared to have emerged from the crisis.

Boffelli had other ideas, however, as he kept hitting the target in an individual 25-point haul that gives Argentina a psychological edge ahead of their group clash at next year’s World Cup.

England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals

England 29-30 Argentina

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England 29-30 Argentina

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Owen Farrell has gathered England into a huddle on the pitch and doesn’t look happy. He’s doing a lot of talking and there won’t be much positive to say in there.

England 29-30 Argentina

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A particularly impressive display from Emiliano Boffelli as he scores 25 points to lead the visitors to a famous win.

A lot of questions for England, who looked sloppy and lacked cohesion in attack. Worrying times for Eddie Jones and co

FULL-TIME! England 29-30 Argentina

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And that is that! Argentina runs a couple of phases and boot the ball into the stands.

A sloppy England performance deservedly punished and Argentina get the victory. They beat England for the first time in 16 years.

England 29-30 Argentina

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80 mins: Slade spots half a gap in the defence but he drops the ball and that should be that. Argentina have the ball around halfway with only a few seconds left.

England 29-30 Argentina

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79 mins: A reset to the scrum and then a free-kick England. They tap and go from deep.

The ball spread right and Cokanasiga takes them out of the 22 before Itoje delivers a bruising carry. One minute to go.

England 29-30 Argentina

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78 mins: Argentina marching forward with the maul but it’s an England turnover! Good work and it’s a scrum for the hosts. They’re deep in their own 22 though - a long way to go...

England 29-30 Argentina

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77 mins: No, Argentina kick to the corner to burn time instead. They don’t want to give England the ball back.

Lineout secured, maul set up

England 29-30 Argentina

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76 mins: Lineout maul sets Argentina up and England then knock on in defensive contact so another scrum for the Pumas. Time ticking away...

Penalty against Joe Heyes at the scrum! Three more points incoming?

England 29-30 Argentina

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74 mins: Argentina burn some time with a couple of reset scrums and then win the penalty, so Boffelli kicks to touch around the 22. Can England pinch the ball back?

Prop Joe Heyes and back-rower Jack Willis - currently clubless after Wasps went bust - are on for England.

WATCH: Van Poortvliet’s instant impact

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It already feels like a lifetime ago but here’s Jack van Poortvliet scoring less thana minute after coming on:

England 29-30 Argentina

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72 mins: Great carry by Coles as he makes a half-break to gain good ground and put England on the front foot. He’s then pinged later in the move for crossing although it was probably the wrong decision by Van Poortvliet and he should have given the ball to the big lock.

Argentina can clear and relieve the pressure. Nowell then knocks the ball on in the air and it’s a Pumas scrum in midfield.

England 29-30 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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70 mins: Lined up by Boffelli and he draws it in from outside the right upright to between the posts. Nice kick and the Pumas in front once more.

England 29-27 Argentina

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69 mins: Another penalty conceded by England, Sinckler not rolling away and going off his feet at the breakdown, and the frustration is building.

Fairly central, albeit from long range, and Boffelli is pointing to the posts again...

England 29-27 Argentina

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68 mins: Henry Slade, initially not selected for England this autumn but drafted into the squad after injuries, is on for Manu Tuilagi.

A decent game for the big centre, showing some of his unique power but he didn’t have lots of carrying opportunities.

England 29-27 Argentina - PEN Farrell

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66 mins: An intriguing final 15 minutes that we’re on for here.

A few phases, lacking a bit of fluidity, but England win multiple penalties and Farrell points to the posts. He slots it through from out to the left and the lead shifts back to the hosts

England 26-27 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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63 mins: Luke Cowan-Dickie tackles a man off the ball and gifts Argentina a penalty.

Boffelli isn’t in the mood to turn down those today and he bangs it over from around 40 metres. The Pumas back in front.

England 26-24 Argentina - PEN Farrell

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60 mins: England move the ball up the field and get a lineout in the 22 as a perfect platform.

They’re going backwards but Argentina pinged at the breakdown and it gives Farrell a simple penalty in front of the sticks that he duly slots.

WATCH: Carreras scoops and scores

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Santiago Carreras then raced away after scooping a loose ball

WATCH: Boffelli finishes great team move

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It’s been a breathless start to the second half and here’s the Boffelli try that started it all.

England 23-24 Argentina - CONVERSION Farrell

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56 mins: Simple conversion for Farrell. England within one. This game has seriously livened up!

Sam Simmonds also on as a replacement for Vunipola.

England 21-24 Argentina - TRY Van Poortvliet

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55 mins: How about that for immediate impact! Van Poortvliet flies over for the try!

With basically his first touch, he picks up from the base of a ruck and snipes through a gap before showing his speed to race clear for the try. Much better from England.

England 16-24 Argentina

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54 mins: Lavanini pinged for offside so England at least get some field position, can they get a foothold back?

Jack van Poortvliet is on at scrum-half for Ben Youngs. The Leicester Tiger is explosive.

England 16-24 Argentina - CONVERSION Boffelli

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52 mins: Simple conversion for Boffelli and Argentina move beyond a score ahead...

England 16-22 Argentina - TRY Carreras

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52 mins: Have Argentina scored here? SantiagoCarreras scoops up a loose ball and races 60 metres for the interception score but was there a knock-on?

It’s Farrell popping a short pass to Vunipola as Gallo is in on the tackle. A few replays to see whether his fingers touched the ball and knocked it on but ultimately, it’s deemed not and Carreras’ scoop and score stands.

This game has turned on its head!

England 16-17 Argentina

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50 mins: This game is finally opening up! Marcus Smith glides past a couple of defenders and makes good ground in the 22. He’s so smooth with ball in hand.

England end up going backwards though as the attack stalls

England 16-17 Argentina - MISSED CONVERSION

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48 mins: Touchline conversion and Boffelli errs from the tee for the first time. His kick is just wide

England 16-17 Argentina - TRY Boffelli

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47 mins: Wow. That is a sublime try by Argentina, finished by Boffelli.

First-phase lineout ball on the 22, they spread the ball left, a number of dummy runners, a loop round from Carreras and Moroni throws a flat pass to Boffelli on the flank and he slides over.

Where has this Argentina been for the first 45 minutes?

England 16-12 Argentina

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45 mins: Another scrum deadens any momentum the game was building as a couple of resets slow things to a standstill.

Argentina win the penalty eventually and Genge doesn’t like something that was said to him as there’s some pushing and shoving. If the Pumas can start to exert some sort of dominance at scrum-time that could help them turn things round.

England 16-12 Argentina

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42 mins: Great lineout defence from England as Hill rises highest to disrupt. Argentina get a scrum but it’s a set-piece marker laid down.

Steward then slides to catch a low bal and flicks the offload off the floor to Cokanasiga inside him with the Argentina defence closing. Great hands.

KICK-OFF! England 16-12 Argentina

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40 mins: Back underway at HQ. Can England tighten things up in this second half?

England vs Argentina

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Touch wood, it looks like the rain has subsided at Twickenham and it’s blue skies overhead.

WATCH: Cokanasiga gets opening try

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Just one try in that first half and it came from Joe Cokanasiga as he barrelled his way over the whitewash.

HALF-TIME! England 16-12 Argentina

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HT at HQ and England lead 16-12. They’ve been the better team, had far more possession but sloppy penalties have allowed Argentina to stay in it.

Joe Cokanasiga’s powerful finish the only try of the game so far.

England 16-12 Argentina - PEN Farrell

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40 mins: No problem for Farrell from right in front and it extends the lead to four at half-time.

England 13-12 Argentina

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40 mins: England put all sorts of pressure on the Argentina scrum. It’s going backwards, the ball squirts loose, panic in the Pumas ranks and a penalty conceded. Great scrummaging by Genge and Sinckler in particular.

Big celebration from Genge and it should be further points before the break.

England 13-12 Argentina

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39 mins: Decent combinations from England as the props Sicnkler and Genge combine before Smith feeds the ball to the left. A few metres made but eventually the ball is knocked on in contact. Half-time approaching

England 13-12 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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38 mins: It’s been sloppy from England so far. They’ve had 69% possession but keep gifting Argentina points.

Kick-off comes, it’s dropped, one phase for the Pumas, then an offside penalty. Bang in front, Boffelli slots it with ease and Argentina back within a point. Very frustrating for England fans.

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England 13-9 Argentina - PEN Farrell

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36 mins: And Farrell stays perfect from the tee, sneaking the ball inside the left upright.

England 10-9 Argentina

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35 mins: England go nicely through the phases and eventually earn a penalty. Argentina haven’t had much ball to work with so far today but they’re still within a point.

This penalty could extend that advantage though

England 10-9 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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33 mins: It’s a lengthy penalty for Boffelli and out to the right but he’s the top points scorer in international rugby in 2022 for a reason and he nails it. Good kick. Brings Argentina within a point.

England 10-6 Argentina

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32 mins: Sloppy from England as Youngs’ pass hits the deck and slides into touch, allowing Argentina to relieve the pressure with a kick away.

Breakdown penalty against England as Montoya jackals successfully. He was supporting his bodyweight with his hands on the floor, which you’re not allowed to do, but he gets away with it and Boffelli will go for the posts.

England 10-6 Argentina

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29 mins: BOSH! Juan Martin Gonzalez collects a loose ball and gets absolutely marmalised by Tuilagi. A clean, powerful hit that sends the back-rower flying backwards. It’s exactly why he’s straight into the team whenever he’s fit.

England have another scrum in the Pumas half to build from.

England 10-6 Argentina - CONVERSION Farrell

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26 mins: Conversion left of centre for Farrell but he slots it and England lead 10-6

England 8-6 Argentina - TRY Cokanasiga!

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25 mins: And England turn that scrum into a try as Joe Cokanasiga thumps his way over.

Nice move off the back of the scrum as Vunipola picks up before the next phase sees Cokanasiga use all of his bulk and power to drag defenders and spin his way over the line.

England 3-6 Argentina

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23 mins: Cokanasiga makes a few metres down the left and a clever kick ahead by Youngs forces Argentina to touch down in their own in-goal area.

Five-metre scrum to England

England 3-6 Argentina

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22 mins: Another solid lineout and the mail starts to churn forward. Within five metres of the line before the ball comes out and Vunipola and Hill carry in the tight.

The ball is then spilled though and fly-half Carreras kicks clear to halfway from his own in-goal area.

England 3-6 Argentina

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20 mins: Scrum reset (what else is new) before England get it moving forward and win the penalty. Farrell kicks to the corner - England looking for the try.

England 3-6 Argentina

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18 mins: A couple of nice touches in the England attack before Steward loses the ball in contact. He’s pinged for a knock-on but a replay clearly shows he offloaded the ball backwards and then it hit an Argentine arm so the decision is reversed. It means an England scrum in the home 22.

England 3-6 Argentina

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17 mins: A penalty gives England field position just inside the opposition 22 and the lineout to Itoje is clean.

Big carry from Tuilagi towards the left and Cokanasiga makes a few yards with a bruising run of his own. England set up well

England 3-6 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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15 mins: Argentina go right from the scrum and make a mess of it but let off by England being offside.

Another simple kick for Boffelli and he restores the Pumas’ lead

England 3-3 Argentina

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14 mins: Debutant Coles takes his eyes off the ball with Mallia bearing down on him in the 22 and spills it forward. A Pumas attacking scrum.

England 3-3 Argentina - PEN Farrell

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12 mins: Good response by England. They go through a couple of phases and then Argentina are pinged for offside.

Kickable penalty in front of the posts, midway in the Pumas half and he slots it with no issues. Squares things up at 3-3

England 0-3 Argentina - PEN Boffelli

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10 mins: And they do indeed. A simple kick for Emiliano Boffelli who bisects the uprights to put the visitors ahead.

England 0-0 Argentina

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9 mins: Free-kick at the scrum and Vunipola taps and goes but the ball is stripped from him, Argentina kick ahead and reclaim the ball in the England 22.

Penalty for offside. Argentina may go for the posts here.

England 0-0 Argentina

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7 mins: A few crash ball are well defended so Smith tries a crossfield kick but it’s too far ahead of Steward and Carreras can safely claim and call the mark. Big kick clear to shift field position.

Then a first drop of the day. Carreras charges forward to try and catch another long kick but the Newcastle winger spills the ball. England scrum on the Pumas ten-metre line. First of the day.

England 0-0 Argentina

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5 mins: Itoje wins the lineout and sets up the maul. Well defended by the Pumas so England opt for some phase play. Carries for Nowell and Tuilagi among others

England 0-0 Argentina

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4 mins: Brilliant claim by Steward as he leaps above Mallia to win a Youngs box-kick. He’s so good under the high ball.

England then win the latest kicking battle, Argentina pinged for obstruction and it’s a penalty inside the Pumas half. Possible kickable but England go for touch. Lineout in the 22.

England 0-0 Argentina

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2 mins: A couple of early high balls thumped into the air by both teams, not a bad idea in these wet conditions but all safely handled so far.

Steward loses patience with the kick tennis and finds touch on halfway. A first lineout for Argentina. Scrappy and although Carreras picks up the loose ball he’s tackled into touch, so now England have a platform to build

KICK-OFF! England 0-0 Argentina

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1 mins: Underway at Twickenham. The Pumas kick deep and debutant Alex Coles gets a nerve-settling early carry

England vs Argentina

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Anthems concluded and we’re about to get underway at a very wet Twickenham. Can England kick off their autumn campaign with an impressive performance against the Pumas?

England vs Argentina team news

14:07 , Luke Baker

We’re less than 10 minutes away from kick-off at Twickenham now, so here’s a reminder of the teams.

England XV: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Joe Cokanasiga, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Ben Youngs, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Alex Coles, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Maro Itoje, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Jack Singleton, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Joe Heyes, 19. David Ribbans, 20. Sam Simmonds, 21. Jack Willis, 22. Jack van Poortvliet, 23. Henry Slade

Argentina XV: 15. Julian Cruz Mallia, 14. Mateo Carreras, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Santiago Carreras, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 1. Thomas Gallo, 2. Julian Montoya, 3. Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4. Matias Alemanno, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Pablo Matera.

Replacements: 16. Ignacio Ruiz, 17. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18. Eduardo Bello, 19. Lucas Paulos, 20, Facundo Isa, 21. Eliseo Morales, 22. Tomas Albornoz, 23. Matias Orlando

Jonny Bairstow ‘enthralled’ England squad ahead of Argentina clash at Twickenham

14:03 , Luke Baker

England intend hitting Argentina for six after cricket World Cup winner Jonny Bairstow visited their camp to deliver a motivational talk for Sunday’s autumn opener at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones’ squad were captivated as Bairstow told how he dealt with the highs and lows of his career, most recently the difficulty in coming to terms with the broken leg sustained during a freak golfing accident that has forced him to miss the T20 World Cup currently being staged in Australia.

England face the Pumas in the opening match of the Autumn Nations Series and Bairstow, who played for Yorkshire in age grade rugby, offered an insight into how he copes with pressure as they continue the countdown to their own global showpiece.

“Jonny was fantastic. He’s a big rugby fan, a number 10. He had the boys enthralled for an hour,” Jones said.

“He’s a great guy, loves his sport. He’s a dedicated sportsman and he loved watching training. Wants to bat at five he tells me.”

Jonny Bairstow ‘enthralled’ England squad ahead of Argentina clash at Twickenham

Ellis Genge warns former team-mates ‘gloves are off’ ahead of Argentina clash

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England prop Ellis Genge has warned Argentina “the gloves are off” when he places his admiration for the Pumas on ice for Sunday’s collision at Twickenham.

Genge played alongside Tomas Lavanini, Julian Montoya and Matias Moroni when at Leicester, describing the trio who start for the tourists as “heroes” because of their no nonsense approach to the game.

But for 80 minutes the hard-running Bristol prop is ready to transform from friend to enemy when the Autumn Nations Series launches with a dress rehearsal for the rivals’ pool opener at next year’s World Cup.

“They’re heroes, honestly. Bar some of the English boys they’re probably some of the best I’ve got on with people,” Genge said. “I just think they’re so honest and so true, straight up and down, no ambiguity about where you stand.

“(Argentina captain) Julian Montoya has been one of the best players in the world this year and he’s leading his country out at Twickenham against current and former team-mates.”

Ellis Genge warns former team-mates ‘gloves are off’ ahead of Argentina clash

Owen Farrell determined to lead England on his terms after reclaiming captaincy

13:46 , Luke Baker

Owen Farrell will continue to lead England his own way after being restored as captain for the autumn opener against Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday.

Farrell will take charge at inside centre having recovered from the concussion that threatened his involvement in the dress rehearsal for a pivotal group clash at next year’s World Cup.

With doubts growing over Courtney Lawes’ involvement in the Autumn Nations Series as he battles with his own head injury, Eddie Jones has ignored the leadership claims of Ellis Genge, Jack Nowell and Tom Curry and instead reverted to the talisman of his reign.

It comes in spite of England’s head coach revealing when naming his squad for the campaign last month that he had replaced Farrell with Lawes partly because of the Northampton forward’s greater composure when communicating with referees.

Handling officials is a crucial part of the job and Farrell has thought deeply about an approach that has appeared confrontational at times, but any changes will not be made at the cost of his own personality.

Owen Farrell determined to lead England on his terms after reclaiming captaincy

Eddie Jones urged to settle on strongest XV to find England ‘connection’ before World Cup

13:38 , Luke Baker

Mike Tindall believes England are in urgent need of nailing down their strongest starting XV in order to be at their best at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

The former centre, 44, earned 75 England caps and starred in the 2003 side that went on to win the Rugby World Cup in Australia.

England face a daunting Autumn Nations Series schedule, with matches against Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham under 12 months out from the World Cup in France.

And according to Tindall, the key to England’s chances of success all lies in the team’s cohesion.

Tindall, speaking ahead of Sunday’s opening clash against the Pumas at Twickenham, said: “One thing Eddie (Jones) wants to do is see people play, my only thing is he needs to start sticking to people now, a year out from the World Cup.”

Eddie Jones urged to settle on strongest XV to find England ‘connection’

England vs Argentina talking points - Cheika’s juggling act

13:29 , Luke Baker

Cheika has experienced one of the most extraordinary build-ups to a match yet having been juggling his commitments as head coach of Lebanon’s rugby league team with overseeing the Pumas.

This week he has split his time between the two camps and, following Lebanon’s quarter-final defeat by Australia on Friday night, he darted down to London to finalise preparations for Twickenham.

He insists the transition will be seamless, but only Sunday’s outcome will decide if he bit off more than he can chew.

England vs Argentina talking points - Pumas on the prowl

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Argentina finished bottom of the most recent Rugby Championship but there was a genuine sense of progress after they toppled Australia at home and New Zealand away.

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika took over earlier this year and masterminded a 2-1 series victory over Scotland in his first assignment before making the Pumas highly competitive against the southern hemisphere giants.

Jones’ old sparring partner is making Argentina tick and hopes are building that they could make an impact at the World Cup.

England vs Argentina talking points - World Cup countdown continues

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Only 13 matches stretch before England and the World Cup, offering Jones little time to finalise his preferred starting XV. As ever, a revolving door midfield remains the main area of uncertainty but the make up of the back row has also yet to be nailed down.

The wing positions are in a state of flux and the policy at scrum-half is now to assemble three options who provide different skill sets. Greater clarity in selection would be preferable at this stage, albeit Jones has been hamstrung by injury.

England vs Argentina talking points - Jones gets his midfield wish

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For the first time, England are able to field their preferred midfield trio of Marcus Smith, Farrell and Manu Tuilagi. Injuries to Farrell and Tuilagi have previously scuppered Jones’ masterplan, but they will finally be unleashed against Argentina.

The three of them offer the type of balance that eludes England when Tuilagi is sidelined, but with the powerful Sale centre restored to full fitness the hope is that he will provide the ball-carrying penetration that allows the two playmakers to fulfil Jones’ attacking vision.

England vs Argentina talking points - Farrell back at the helm

12:46 , Luke Baker

Owen Farrell’s manner during the key captain’s responsibility of communicating with referees was influential in the decision to appoint Courtney Lawes skipper in his place. But with Lawes struggling with concussion, Eddie Jones has been forced to revert to the Saracens playmaker.

Farrell is a talisman for England because of his combative nature on the pitch, but at times that fire has also seeped into his discussions with officials. The player himself understands the dynamic and intends adjusting his approach while retaining his competitive edge.

Argentina team news

12:37 , Luke Baker

Meanwhile for Argentina, Michael Cheika - who was coaching Lebanon in the Rugby League World Cup on Friday night before returning to his day job - makes three changes to the starting XV that lost to South Africa in the final Rugby Championship round.

Two alterations come in the pack, with props Thomas Gallo and Francisco Gomez-Kodela taking the place of Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Eduardo Bello. The third change sees Newcastle Falcons’ Mateo Carreras rewarded for his excellent domestic form with a start on the right wing as Juan Imhoff drops out.

Argentina XV: 15. Julian Cruz Mallia, 14. Mateo Carreras, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Santiago Carreras, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 1. Thomas Gallo, 2. Julian Montoya, 3. Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4. Matias Alemanno, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Pablo Matera.

Replacements: 16. Ignacio Ruiz, 17. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18. Eduardo Bello, 19. Lucas Paulos, 20, Facundo Isa, 21. Eliseo Morales, 22. Tomas Albornoz, 23. Matias Orlando

England team news

12:28 , Luke Baker

The big news for England is that Owen Farrell is back from injury and captaining the side form inside centre. It means Eddie Jones has his preferred midfield trio of Marcus Smith at 10, Farrell at 12 and Manu Tuilagi at 13. The unicorn combination for Jones!

Northampton Saints second-rower Alex Coles will make his debut, with club teammate David Ribbans set to do similar from the bench. Billy Vunipola starts at No 8 now that he’s back in Jones’s good graces.

England XV: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Joe Cokanasiga, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Ben Youngs, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Alex Coles, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Maro Itoje, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Jack Singleton, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Joe Heyes, 19. David Ribbans, 20. Sam Simmonds, 21. Jack Willis, 22. Jack van Poortvliet, 23. Henry Slade

Is England vs Argentina on TV today? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch autumn international

12:20 , Luke Baker

England kick off their Autumn Nations Series campaign against Argentina at Twickenham this afternoon with Owen Farrell starting alongside Marcus Smith and Manu Tuilagi in a new-look midfield.

Farrell captains the side for the first time in a year after clearing return-to-play concussion protocols and for the first time Jones has his preferred midfield fit and available for selection.

England face Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in a tough autumn schedule as Jones begins his final 12 months in charge before the World Cup next year.

“We’re looking forward to a great game of rugby at a full Twickenham Stadium against a very good Argentina side,” Jones said. “It’s been a tough time for rugby lately and we hope that these autumn games show just what a special game it is.”

Here’s everything you need to know:

Is England vs Argentina on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch

England vs Argentina - weather

12:07 , Luke Baker

Rain-soaked would be the phrase I’d use to describe Twickenham currently. It’s been absolutely hammering it down all morning.

The sort of weather you love playing rugby in as a kid - slick, muddy, soft ground. It won’t necessarily be conducive to expansive, free-flowing rugby today though.

Could be a lot of kicking and ‘stick it up your jumper’ rugby this afternoon - we shall see.

England vs Argentina

11:55 , Luke Baker

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the weekend’s final autumn international as England kick off a testing month of rugby with their opening fixture against Argentina at Twickenham.

England have entered their final 12 months under Eddie Jones and they will step up their World Cup preparations with further matches against Japan, New Zealand and South Africa, as today’s clash against the Pumas also acts as a dress rehearsal for next year’s group phase.

Owen Farrell has reclaimed the captaincy and will lead out his country for the first time since facing Australia a year ago. Farrell lines up at inside centre, alongside fly-half Marcus Smith and the destructive Manu Tuilagi in a new-look midfield line-up. It is the first time Jones has been able to select his preferred trio due to fitness and availability.

Stick with us for complete live coverage of the fascinating clash at a rain-soaked Rugby HQ.