England will be looking to put a disastrous run of form behind them and shift into gear on the biggest stage as they prepare to get their Rugby World Cup campaign underway.
Steve Borthwick’s side lost three of their four warm-up games, including a loss to Fiji in their final game at Twickenham, and go into the tournament in France ranked eighth in the world.
The serious business begins for England on Saturday when they take on Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in a Pool D opener that will have a big impact on the mood ahead of the next three games.
England then face Japan before taking on Chile in a clash which the English are expected to win with minimal fuss. The focus will then shift to the final group game against Samoa, which may decide who progresses to the quarter-finals.
At least on paper, England are on the right side of the draw. They won’t be able to compete against the likes of New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and France until the semi-finals, but the idea of making it to the knockout rounds still seems a long way off.
Full England fixture list
Saturday September 9th
England v Argentina (Stade Velodrome, 8pm, ITV1)
Sunday September 17th
England v Japan (Stade de Nice, 8pm, ITV1)
Saturday September 23rd
England v Chile (Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm, ITV1)
Saturday, October 7th
England v Samoa (Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm, ITV1)
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup-2023-england-fixtures-full-pool-d-how-to-watch-b1105072.html Rugby World Cup 2023: England’s games in full as Steve Borthwick’s side-eye returns to form in Pool D