By Le Figaro with Reuters
England have unveiled their XV which will start the world this Saturday against Argentina.
Tom Curry was selected for the World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday, although he hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in May. To everyone’s surprise, scrum-half Alex Mitchell was started. Curry, one of England’s stars at the last World Cup four years ago is back.
Jonny May, added late to the group after the injury of Anthony Watson, starts on the right wing, while Elliot Daly takes place on the left. In the absence of Billy Vunipola, Ben Earls fills the rear position. Mitchell, who was only called up to the squad after Jack van Poortvliet was injured, is a regular scrum-half while veteran Danny Care is on the bench.
Owen Farrell’s suspension paves the way for George Ford at fly-half, with Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant in centres. Courtney Lawes will be the captain of the team in the third row position, while his compatriot Dan Cole, international centurion, will be the surprise holder of this XV.
The XV of England: Freddie Steward, Jonny May, Joe Marchant, Manu Tuilagi, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Alex Mitchell, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Courtney Lawes – (captain), Tom Curry, Ben Earl.
Subs: Theo Dan, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, George Martin, Lewis Ludlam, Danny Care, Marcus Smith, Ollie Lawrence
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