While we talk about the latest dances, listen to Rob Kitson’s thoughts on the subject:
England says goodbye to some legends of the game. Danny Care and Dan Cole will exit stage left. Courtney Lawes has already done this, having been kicked (or withdrawn) from tonight’s match.
Ben Youngs will also have one last chance. Read That of Gérard Meagher interview with the scrummie veteran:
Marcus Smith at the back, Manu Tuilagi in the center (for the last time?), Henry Arundell tears up on the wing.
What’s not to love. Well, except that this is a third/fourth dam, but let’s not get bogged down in the details.
England: Marcus Smith; Freddie Steward, Joe Marchant, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell; Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Theo Dan, Will Stuart; Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Ben Earl
Substitutes: Jamie George, Bevan Rodd, Dan Cole, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Danny Care, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence.
Hello everyone and welcome to amuse bouche of this weekend’s price.
If this is a game no team really wants to play, then this is absolutely a game no team wants to lose. It would be easy to assume that England and Argentina will force their way into this bronze medal showdown, but that’s not always how it works.
Forget Argentina’s desire for revenge after their group stage defeat to their opponents tonight, and forget England’s intention to bid. Farewell for some legends of the Red Rose, it is a Test match. During a World Cup. Between two proud nations. I’d be surprised if this didn’t have at least a spark.
All eyes are on Tom Curry, of course, after a very difficult week. More than anyone, he will want to get into rugby.
My name is Dan. Two more games in what has been a sensational World Cup. Do you have something you want to share with the group? Write to me.
Kick-off at 9:00 p.m. local time, 8:00 p.m. BST.
Teams and updates to follow.