Tonga, France, Argentina, england and USA face off with Eddie Jones’ side Seeking to Prevent a repeat of their pool-stage exit, Pool C at the Rugby World Cup.
Back in 2015, England became the first nation in history to endure a Rugby World Cup pool-stage exit as broadcasts when defeats to Australia and Wales watched them dumped out. Can they prevent losses to Tier 1 nations Argentina and France this time around?
Here we take a look at each state’s 31-man squad, decide on an integral player to focus on, analyse present form and provide all of the pool fixtures…
Head coach: Eddie Jones
Captain: Owen Farrell (73 caps)
Previous Rugby World Cup best: Rugby World Cup Winners (2003)
Key player: Billy Vunipola. No 8 has, for some time, been absolutely essential for their own success and England. The Saracen is a wrecking-ball of a carrier as well as when coupled with Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje along with his brother Mako there are very few teams in the world who are going to have the ability to reside with the power-based collision game of England.
Form: Following a dreadful 2018, England rightly head over the last eight months owing for their performances or so. Beating back Ireland in Dublin has been the benchmark – England were phenomenal that day. Ever since that time, Wales have conquered England in Cardiff twice, however, those 2 games apart, the standard of the screens and of their depth to their squad of England makes them contenders for sure.
World Cup squad:
Forwards (17): Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Mark Wilson.
Backs (14): Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (c), George Ford, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.
Head coach: Jacques Brunel
Captain: Guilhem Guirado (70 Tests)
Previous Rugby World Cup best: Rugby World Cup runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)
Key participant: Antoine Dupont. This is a wealth of quality kids brought in from Toulouse that’s given hope to France fans for going under Brunel. Top of this list is Dupont, who is a Rolls Royce of a player. Fantastic kicking and running game, he is as silky a nine as they encounter. Maintain him healthy and equipped to boss a massive pack and France have a chance.
Form: to the sword in Paris and Nice, France placed Scotland and Italy In three World Cup warm-ups respectively – that the operation against the Scots especially impressive – but sandwiched in between has been a fairly meek reduction to Scotland in Murrayfield. While the preceding November saw them drop to South Africa and Fiji, the 2019 Six Nations established an unmitigated disaster, with reductions to everybody pub Italy.
World Cup squad:
Forwards (17): Jefferson Poirot, Rabah Slimani, Demba Bamba, Emerick Setiano, Cyril Baille, Guilhem Guirado (c), Camille Chat, Peato Mauvaka, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Gabrillagues, Arthur Iturria, Bernard Le Roux, Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon, Louis Picamoles, Yacouba Camara, Wenceslas Lauret.
Backs (14): Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Serin, Maxime Machenaud, Camille Lopez, Romain Ntamack, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Sofiane Guitoune, Virimi Vakatawa, Yoann Huget, Alivereti Raka, Damian Penaud, Maxime Medard, Thomas Ramos.
Head coach: Mario Ledesma
Captain: Pablo Matera (62 Tests)
Past Rugby World Cup best: Semi-finals (2007, 2015) – next place in 2007
Key player: Pablo Matera. Having accepted over the captaincy from hooker Agustin Creevy, Matera is a flanker who’s in the dialogue for planet XVs at this moment, but also still a man from the spotlight, such is his first own form. Matera will look to direct a Argentina squad, also is a sensational player.
Present form: In the 2019 Rugby Championship, Argentina lost all 3 games, while they lost a Evaluation in August in South Africa. But a sense is with all the Pumas which they are always building to peak for the World Cup. 2 semi-finals in the last three is not to be sniffed at. Can they capture England or France cold at this one?
31-man World Cup squad:
Forwards (17): Nahuel Tetaz Chapparo, Mayco Vivas, Agustin Creevy, Julian Montoya, Santiago Socino, Juan Figallo, Santiago Medrano, Enrique Pieretto, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera (c), Tomas Lezana, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni, Juan Manuel Leguizamon.
Backs (14): Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Ezcurra, Nicolas Sanchez, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Orlando, Matias Moroni, Lucan Mensa, Juan Cruz Mallia, Ramiro Moyano, Bautista Delguy, Emiliano Boffelli, Joaquin Tuculet, Santiago Carreras.
Head coach: Toutai Kefu
Captain: Siale Piutau (39 Tests)
Past Rugby World Cup best: Pool point (1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Key participant: Sonatane Takulua. The Newcastle Falcons scrum-half will be crucial in keeping the tempo of Tonga’s play upward, while he is also his country’s goalkicker, and so will have a hefty quantity of responsibility thrust upon him in Japan.
Present form: from sending 92 points from New Zealand on September 7 New, Tonga have been defeated Japan, by Samoa and Fiji in 2019. Very menacing signs.
31-man World Cup group:
Forwards (18): Siegfried Fisiihoi, Vunipola Fifita, Latu Talakai, Paula Ngauamo, Sosefo Sakalia, Siua Maile, Siua Halanukonuka, Ma’afu Fia, Ben Tameifuna, Sam Lousi, Leva Fifita, Sitiveni Mafi, Sione Kalamafoni, Maama Vaipulu, Fotu Lokotui, Zane Kapeli, Dan Faleafa, Nasi Manu.
Backs (13): Sonatane Takulua, Leon Fukofuka, Samisoni Fisilau, Kurt Morath, James Faiva, Siale Piutau (c), Malietoa Hingano, Nafi Tuitavake, Atieli Pakalani, David Halaifonua, Viliami Lolohea, Cooper Vuna, Telusa Veainu.
Head coach: Gary Gold
Captain: Blaine Scully (50 Tests)
Previous Rugby World Cup best: Pool point (1987, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Key player: Joe Taufete??e. The extremely powerful Worcester hooker seldom seems to have a lousy match, and contains a handy habit of popping up with attempts (20 from 22 Tests to be more precise). Saracens prop Titi Lamositele is yet another to watch out for, using the USA .
Present type: In 2019, the USA have defeated the likes of Canada (three occasions ) and Samoa, but also have suffered defeats to Japan and Uruguay. They will target that Tonga clash and are likely to discover victories very tough to come by in this pool.
31-man World Cup squad:
Forwards (18): David Ainu’u, Malon Al-Jiboori, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Cam Dolan, Dylan Fawsitt, Eric Fry, Hanco Germishuys, James Hilterbrand, Olive Kilifi, Tony Lamborn, Titi Lamositele, Ben Landry, Paul Mullen, Gregor Peterson, Ben Pinkelman, John Quill, Joe Taufete??e.
Backs (13): Blaine Scully (c), Nate Augspurger, Marcel Brache, Bryce Campbell, Shaun Davies, Ruben De Haas, Will Hooley, Martin Iosefo, Paul Lasike, AJ MacGinty, Will Magie, Thretton Palamo, Mike Teao