ngland made a great start to their Rugby World Cup campaign against Argentina as they look to put a torrid 2023 so far firmly in the rearview mirror.
Steve Borthwick’s side lost three of their four warm-up matches for this tournament, including a first-ever defeat by Fiji in their most recent game at Twickenham, and headed into the tournament in France ranked eighth in the world.
The serious business got under way for England on Saturday, when they took on Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in a Pool D opener that should have a huge bearing on the mood heading into the next three matches.
George Ford kicked all the points for Borthwick’s men, three quick-fire first-half drop goals and six penalties in a 27-10 victory that came despite Tom Curry’s early red card.
England then take on Japan, before a clash against Chile that they will be expected to win with minimal fuss. The focus will then shift to the final pool match against Samoa.
On paper at least, England are on the right side of the draw. They cannot face the likes of New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or France until the semi-finals.
England fixtures in full
Saturday, September 9
England 27-10 Argentina
Sunday, September 17
England vs Japan (Stade de Nice, 8pm, ITV1)
Saturday, September 23
England vs Chile (Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4:45pm, ITV1)
Saturday, October 7
England vs Samoa (Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4:45pm, ITV1)