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Dec 04

Autumn internationals: All Blacks still top but southern powers feel Test fatigue | Paul Rees

New Zealand remain the yardstick but their flaws feed Lions’ hopes for next summer even though the settled order of the Six Nations is in need of a shake-up

The All Blacks remain at the top of the world rankings by a comfortable margin, but their defeat by Ireland in Chicago, which ended a record of 18 consecutive Test victories, gave the Lions succour before the tour next year. New Zealand’s next Test is against the Lions on 24 June in the first of three and if they remain comfortable favourites to win the series, Ireland showed in two matches against them that they can crack under pressure.

Related: Ireland clinch first ever win over All Blacks to end New Zealand’s record streak

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Nov 28

Rugby union autumn internationals: talking points from the latest action

Ireland’s latest bruising win shows they are the real deal, England’s set-piece strength will be key against Australia, and New Zealand are human after all

When Ireland beat New Zealand on 5 November, and the All Blacks returned the favour two weeks later in Dublin, there was a sense that the two best teams in the world were slugging it out. But in that second game, Ireland were not just beaten, but beaten up, left bruised and bloodied by the brutal All Blacks. They were forced into three early changes, with Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw ruled out of the clash with Australia. Simon Zebo had a knock, and CJ Stander overcame a head injury. On matchday morn, Sean O’Brien joined them with a hip flexor problem, replaced by the eventual man of the match, Josh van der Flier, and the problems did not cease upon kick-off. By half-time, Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne (who had started as a risk) were off injured, and impish scrum-half Kieran Marmion was lining up on the right wing, where he ended the game against the All Blacks. Already, injuries had forced the freshman Garry Ringrose out of position to inside centre. Ireland, particularly in the back division, were the walking wounded; by the end of these two games they were shorn of the fly-half, inside and outside centres, full-back, and right wing (as well as two starting openside flankers) who started their autumn campaign in Chicago. And yet, they came through all this to seal a win that made them the first northern hemisphere team since England in 2003 to beat the Springboks, All Blacks and Wallabies in a calendar year. They really do look the real deal. Will Macpherson

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Nov 27

History beckons as Eddie Jones tells England to push harder for No1 status

• England 27-14 Argentina
• Jones: ‘I was excited about playing with 14 men’

One more rose-tinted victory against Australia on Saturday will make this, statistically, the most impressive calendar year in English rugby history. Not once in the professional era have the national side gone unbeaten from January to December and only one other England team, back in 1992, have done so since 1980. Given the class of 92 played a mere six games, Eddie Jones’s squad would have strong claims to be first among equals should it happen.

To continue to prosper with 13 men on the field for almost a quarter of the game on Saturday suggests Jones and his coaches have distilled a rare team spirit. Elliot Daly, the first England back to be sent off at Test level, will forever recall this game with a shudder but several of his team-mates will feel differently. In terms of revealing genuine character and uncovering answers to awkward defensive questions, this was as significant as any of England’s 13 consecutive wins so far.

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

Related: Eddie Jones sets his sights on Australia after ‘outstanding performance’

Related: Autumn internationals: five talking points after England’s win over Argentina | Paul Rees

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Nov 27

England crowd warm to Chris Robshaw as he never stops trying | Andy Bull

A year after the then captain and his team were booed at the Rugby World Cup there is respect for his doggedness and not only because of their winning run

Odd little memories stand out crystal clear from the great mêlée of Saturday’s match, which was otherwise one long blur of flying bodies, boots and balls, reset scrums, rolling substitutions, red and yellow cards. One is from 25 minutes in, when Facundo Isa leapt to catch Ben Youngs’ box kick. Isa spilled the ball forward and it landed slap in the lap of Chris Robshaw. He puffed out his cheeks, punted it 30 yards downfield and set off in pursuit. Robshaw galumphed along like a happy labrador chasing a stick on a beach, passing tacklers as if he was dodging promenaders. It was a brilliantly exuberant bit of play and, when it was done, Robshaw of course buried himself neck deep in the nearest ruck.

Related: Autumn internationals: five talking points after England’s win over Argentina | Paul Rees

Related: Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

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Nov 26

England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham

Jonny May produced an inspired display and got through a tremendous amount of work after Eliot Daly’s sending-off, earning himself 8 out of 10

Mike Brown, Full-Back 7/10 If only he’d consummated his performance with the try it deserved. Could have been two, as would have finished the penalty try. Rock solid and metres galore. Great battle with Cordero.

Jonny May, Wing 8/10 England’s best player in our opinion. When his mate went off he had twice the work and did it. Defence remarkable, pace and support lines deadly. Well-deserved try. He’s back. And better.

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

Related: Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

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Nov 26

Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

Victory over Argentina in a thrilling and brutal encounter was further proof that England have been transformed under the leadership of Eddie Jones

Late on Saturday afternoon a brilliant red sunset settled over south-west London, making a fitting backdrop for a bloody match at Twickenham. It was a game that contained, as Eddie Jones said, more drama than your average EastEnders omnibus. It was bracketed by two red cards, one for Elliot Daly four minutes from the start, another for Enrique Pieretto four minutes from the finish. In between, including all the extra time at the end of the first half, there was an 80-minute melee, which looked, at times, like one of those cartoon bust-ups in which everything is a blur of flying fists and feet. It was a match you would have to watch back even to begin to understand exactly how it all went down.

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

Related: Eddie Jones sets his sights on Australia after ‘outstanding performance’

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Nov 26

Eddie Jones sets his sights on Australia after ‘outstanding performance’

• ‘I am looking forward to the game – the best win of the year is to come’
• England beat Argentina 27-14 despite early Elliot Daly red card

England have the opportunity of emulating their 2003 side by defeating Australia on Saturday to go through the year unbeaten, but Eddie Jones said he was more concerned about putting one over on his former employers than repeating history.

The head coach was in ebullient mood after his side overcame Argentina despite playing all except the opening four minutes of the match at least a man down after the wing Elliot Daly was sent off for a dangerous challenge on the Pumas’ No8 Leonardo Senatore. He will receive a suspension of at least two weeks while the No8 Billy Vunipola faces a longer period out of action after appearing to damage knee ligaments.

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

Related: England 27-14 Argentina: rugby union international – as it happened

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Nov 26

England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

• England 27-14 Argentina
• Hosts play 76 minutes with fewer than 15 after Elliot Daly is sent off

Christmas is approaching but six cards did not make for a festive encounter. England had at least a one-man disadvantage from the fifth-minute following Elliot Daly’s dismissal for a dangerous tackle and were down to 13 players when Argentina scored their two tries either side of the interval, but such is the collective assurance and belief coursing through a side that a year ago was wallowing in World Cup shame that adversity is now an irritant rather than a distraction.

The loss of Daly, a central figure in England’s multi-angled and layered attacking game, would a year ago have prompted a retreat into the trenches to survive until the interval when the coaches would come up with a modified gameplan, but here England got on with it, 16 points up and in total control until the No8, Billy Vunipola, went off with a knee injury that left the Saracen wincing in pain just before the interval.

Related: Eddie Jones sets his sights on Australia after ‘outstanding performance’

Related: England 27-14 Argentina: rugby union international – as it happened

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Nov 26

England 27-14 Argentina: rugby union international – as it happened

Eddie Jones’s team had to play with 14 men for 75-plus minutes, but held off the Pumas to win at Twickenham

5.00pm GMT

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

4.46pm GMT

Right, I’m carrying on with this caper, but not here. Ireland are hosting Australia – come join me!

Related: Ireland v Australia: rugby union autumn international – live!

4.41pm GMT

That’s a serious win for England, who were down to 14 men for 76 minutes after Daly’s red card. Argentina had a man sent off of their own with four minutes remaining, and one sense that he will be in more trouble than Daly.

Ben Youngs says that is the most satisfying of England’s 12 wins under Eddie Jones. They can’t have had to dig deeper in many.

Ben Youngs: ‘We want to make history & next week we have the opportunity to do that’ (Eng need to beat Aus for record-equalling 14th win).

4.39pm GMT

80 min Argentina are back to 14 by the way, with Matera back on the field. This scrum is a mess, unsurprisingly. England go right with the clock red, but knock on and Argentina break through De La Fuente. Argentina aren’t going to put it out, this is the end of the year. But eventually they knock on and thast is that. Extraordinary game, that.

4.36pm GMT

79 min Argentina then knock on on their own 22. Twickenham goes mad as Robshaw is named man of the match.

4.35pm GMT

79 min Argentina go quickly but eventually get a crosskick goes wrong and it goes out. England are going from deep! Joseph has spotted a gap, and boots it, but Argentina mop up.

4.33pm GMT

78 min Care is marshalling England and they go left, but Wood knocks on. Argentina will run it from deep. Landajo half-break, then Isa fully breaks until running into Slade. Argentina go left, and Lezana breaks. England knock on.

4.32pm GMT

76 min Marler took that very well. He knew what he was doing. We have 13 v 13 for the last four minutes. Farrell finds touch and England win the lineout on the right on the 22.

4.31pm GMT

What has happened here is that Pieretto has been held by Marler. His boot has found his head. Was it intentional? If so, red. He’s tumbling. But he knows what he’s doing.

Marler has been yellowed for holding.

4.28pm GMT

75 min Slade is on for Brown, who pulled up a little groggily after nearly scoring. England win the lineout and Sinckler carries, then Lawes. Care goes left, then May offloads and Sinckler breaks! Eventually there is an interception as England launch it around but we are going back to look at something. Offside, but something more, maybe? 18 white in the dock for stamping here … Pieretto the naughty boy.

4.25pm GMT

74 min They have gone miles here Argentina, right down to England’s 22, where May makes a fine tackle. On they go, and they are rewarded with a penalty 10m out. Ref wants to know if there has been a neck roll, though, and Dan Cole is the victim. Penalty reversed. Great coutnerattack ruined by that. Farrell finds touch.

4.23pm GMT

73 min So we have another scrum. Eventually the ball emerges and Argentina break!

Scotland won 43-16 btw.

4.22pm GMT

72 min The scrum is steady and Robshaw is loud. England go right! They come back left and Brown is in space, straightens and swats a couple of men off! He doesn’t quite get to the line but wriggles there. Has he scored?

The question, which is good for England, is “is there any reason why I cannot award the try?” Well, yes there is actually. Brown has knocked on. 5m scrum for Argentina.

4.19pm GMT

71 min That scrum, of course, gets the reset it deserves.

4.18pm GMT

70 min Wow! Hernandez’s kick off has gone backwards! He’s sliced it and it’s landed in his own half! England scrum.

4.17pm GMT

69 min Kruis carries well for England and they have an overlap out left! It goes through the hands of Ford, Wood and Joseph, who draws the man and frees May, who streaks home to finish! From 5m in on the left, Farrell cannot convert.

4.15pm GMT

67 min Eesh. Farrell’s missed again, from out right. That’s an ugly one. Landajo on for Cubelli.

4.14pm GMT

66 min From the maul, Argentina are collapsing. England play the advantage – there’s a chip gathered by Joseph then a knock from Ford. But we are going back for the penalty! And there’s a yellow card for Matera!

4.13pm GMT

65 min England win another penalty from the kick-off! Great work from Robshaw, and England find touch, and win the lineout!

4.11pm GMT

38m out, just to the left. Farrell scores and England are eight points clear.

4.11pm GMT

63 min That’s a turnaround! Dan Cole has Argentina on the hop at scrum time and there’s a penalty. That will please Marler and George too. Farrell – is he captain now? – will go for the posts.

4.10pm GMT

62 min Hernandez sends it very high but they knock on as it comes down. Creevy is going off, replaced by Montoya. Pieretto replaces Herrera.

4.08pm GMT

61 min Argentina run left from their own half. A miss pass doesn’t go to hand but is recovered. They go right but that’s a huge tackle from Farrell. On they go.

4.07pm GMT

60 min Hartley missed four tackles there. Another scrum, then. New cast in the front row. I’m going to shock you here – we are resetting.

4.06pm GMT

59 min Blood falling from Cole’s ear but the ref hasn’t noticed. Better scrum for England, and Ford sends up a huge high bomb which May chases well. But he can only knock on. Good effort from Ford and May. Hartley and Mako off for George and Marler.

Tonga have beaten Italy!

Huge result for Tonga in Padua. They’ve just beaten Italy – who defeated the Springboks for the first time, last week – by 19-17. What a day

4.04pm GMT

58 min Cole back for his first look at a scrum since being binned. Argentina are steady and go right. Kruis tackles Creevy very well as they come up the middle but there is space out left until they knock on! Hartley still out there.

4.03pm GMT

56 min This one’s just inside Argentina’s half and pretty straight, but Farrell sends it to the right. Harrison knocks on the 22 drop-out! Poor from England.

4.01pm GMT

55 min Argentina go up the middle through Creevy, who is everywhere. But they give away another penalty! They will go for goal, again.

4.00pm GMT

54 min Argentina win the ball and Hernandez sends up a bomb. Brown safely under it and England probe up the right on halfway. Youngs snipes, but is turned over by Creevy.

3.59pm GMT

53 min England claim the kick-off and Youngs boxkicks. Isa naively lets it land and it goes into touch on halfway, much to the crowd’s delight.

3.58pm GMT

This is on the left and 40m out. Farrell sticks it through.

George is coming on, which is fascinating.

3.57pm GMT

51 min England win the lineout and roll. Lawes has it. There’s an advantage for coming in at the side. And the penalty comes. Farrell is going to go for goal. Jamie George is going to come on for Dylan Hartley …

3.56pm GMT

50 min Cubelli gets them moving with a quick tap, but after a grubber, Jonny MAy is tackled illegally by Orlando and England win a penalty. Bold tackle from a man who has already spent 10 in the bin. Farrell hammers it into touch on halfway.

3.54pm GMT

49 min Another scrum, then. Argentina win the free-kick.

3.54pm GMT

48 min Cole brings Wood with him, and Sinckler goes. Farrell was playing flanker there. Argentina win the lineout and keep it tight until England knock on.

3.53pm GMT

47 min A clean put-in is handy for England. They win the ball and go right, and Ford tries a chip, but it’s over May’s head and into touch. Dan Cole is back!

3.51pm GMT

46 min Lawes wins the lineout and England maul. Youngs snipes. Mako carries. Then an Argentina knock on comes. Back to scrums …

3.50pm GMT

45 min Joseph does well to claim a crosskick but throws a slightly wild offload that England do well to gather. After a boxkick, England bundle Argentina into touch in their own territory. Three minutes left on Cole’s sin bin.

3.49pm GMT

44 min Orlando stretches England on the right, but there’s a knock on and turnover. England go up the left, then Ford kicks deep and Argentina come back.

3.48pm GMT

43 min England’s 13 men are struggling. Argentina barge their way out of the 22, then into England’s half.

3.47pm GMT

42 min Argentina rumble out of their 22 after claiming cleanly, then Estelles breaks up the left! Lovely stuff. Cordero, who started it, is there for him, then Cubelli is on his shoulder and Cordero takes it back and runs in easily under the posts. Hernandez converts.

3.45pm GMT

Ford gets us going.

A good point from Damian Clarke on Scotland: “Personally, I wouldn’t care if they were wearing Pikachu onesies, as long as they carry on playing like this.”

3.44pm GMT

So, Twickenham. For the first eight or so mins of this half England will be down to 13 men. Daly was red carded and Cole has been binned, so Sinckler has come on for Wood. How will Argentina exploit that? Billy Vunipola is gone too, a leg injury forcing him off to be replaced by Teimana Harrison.

With 12 mins left, Italy the Springbok Slayers are leading Tonga by a point.

3.41pm GMT

Scotland’s kit, by the way, is blooming awful. White with blue stripes isn’t the end of the world but the numbers have a huge great circle around them on the back. Down with sort of thing, it’s not the 90s.

3.39pm GMT

Scotland have scored again, and Davina Dear, who sounds rather like she is in tears, has emailed me to have a moan about Pascal Gaüzère. “He was determined to let Argentina score,” she wails.

Don’t ever change, Twickenham.

Laura Wright singing theme from Gladiator at half-time….

3.33pm GMT

What to know how long that half lasted? It was an hour. Mad scenes. One minute after the players leave the field, Scotland kick off the second half against Georgia. The two games started at the same time.

3.30pm GMT

Wowzer. What a half. 16-7.

Daly sent-off. A yellow card for each side. Argentina all over England at the scrum.

3.29pm GMT

40 min Kyle Sinckler comes on, and Tom Wood has to go off. We’ve had five penalties and are six minutes into over time. Another scrum. Argentina are on the move at this one, but it’s reset! Jeeezzzzuuuussss. 47 mins by the time the ball goes in. Ball is in the middle of this scrum for an age, until Isa picks up and charges! He gets rid of Youngs and Harrison on the way to the line, what an effort!

Twickenham boos as Hernandez converts, which is very boring. He scores.

3.26pm GMT

40 min We go again. This one is firmer, the advantage comes again! Penalty! Coles is the man binned. Still no penalty try. England down to 13.

3.25pm GMT

40 min “Let’s go Coley,” roars Robshaw to no avail, as they reset because both packs stand up. Draining work for England’s 14 men, this. Scrum goes down, another penalty. We must be so close to a yellow now. Just a warning again. Scrum again. Clock says 44 mins.

3.22pm GMT

40 min So, another scrum. Another England offside. Isa picks up, they go left and they spoil. But back for the penalty. Ford pinged. Another scrum!

3.21pm GMT

40 min Harrison is packing down at No8. A steady scrum finally. It’s at Isa’s feet but Youngs nips in and is pinged. Penalty, and Orlando is back from the bin. They are going for the scrum again and the clock is red. Card not far off for England.

3.20pm GMT

39 min Vunipola is in real strife. It’s his right leg. Teimana Harrison is coming on as Billy is helped off. They are bringing the cart to make his exit (Vexit) easier. Big applause. The scrum is a mess again and we have another reset.

Scotland 31-11 up at half time and have scored four tries against Georgia.

3.17pm GMT

38 min There’s another palava, another reset. Cubelli looks as depressed by this as I am. Isa carries when it finally comes back. Good work from Youngs. They forwards have it and are edging towards the line. There’s an advantage, and after a Cubelli dart fails, they go back for it. Big Billy Vunipola is down.

3.14pm GMT

36 min This is our first scrum! Of course there’s a palava.

Scotland are thrashing Georgia 31-11 by the way.

3.13pm GMT

35 min It really is right on the 5m line. Creevy finds his man but England defend well and Argentina knock on on the short side.

3.13pm GMT

34 min They go back for that penalty after a very, very long advantage. Hernandez kicks for touch, right down towards the 5m line on the left.

3.12pm GMT

33 min They win this one and spin it left. Joseph tackles brilliantly but they come back right. Chris Robshaw is offside and there’s an advantage. On they rumble through the phases, eight now.

3.10pm GMT

32 min Creevy misses his man, Hartley gathers and England go left. Farrell kicks horribly but gets lucky. It’s another Argentina lineout.

3.09pm GMT

31 min Hartley finds Kruis, Youngs boxkicks long into touch.

3.09pm GMT

30 min There’s a crossfield kick from Argentina deep into England’s 22 which is taken well, but May bundles Estelles into touch!

3.08pm GMT

Vunipola turns the ball over and runs deep into Argentina territory, sends it to Ford. Robshaw sends it left, where Wood or Joseph has a walk-in, but Orlando slaps down. Penalty try, converted and there’s a yellow card too.

3.06pm GMT

28 min Cordero gathers off the post and runs from deep. They go into England’s half and up the right!

3.06pm GMT

27 min Right, there’s a tackle from Cubelli on Hartley with no arms that the TMO spots. Argentina have given a heap of penalties. Creevy is spoken to. This is 40m out, and just to the right. Farrell is going to kick for goal. He’s hit the post!

3.04pm GMT

26 min Argentina gather themselves and run from deep. The ball is spilled and Vunipola and Joseph counter.

3.03pm GMT

25 min Good kickchase from Robshaw, but Argentina steady at the ruck, until Kruis charges down the boxkick!

“Lawes and Joseph are immense so far,” writes Elliott Wilson, who has a hangover so bad that two berocca can’t fix it. Still a better day than your namesake Daly.

3.02pm GMT

Straight through the middle.

3.01pm GMT

23 min England have another penalty but there’s an advantage. Ford has the ball and he loops to the left but they realise they aren’t going anywhere and the penalty comes. They will kick for goals again. It’s in a veyr similar spot to the last – 30m out on the left.

3.00pm GMT

22 min Farrell finds touch on the left in Argentina’s half. They win the ball and get the rolling maul going.

Here’s that Mike Brown run.

Brown’s back!

Watch LIVE now on @SkySports 2. #CarryThemHome

2.59pm GMT

21 min Argentina go right, then left. Creevy and Matera carrying lots, and Isa charges up the right. But on the ninth phase they don’t release and England win the penalty!

2.58pm GMT

20 min Hartley loses the lineout as Petti spoils. That’s the first England have lost this autumn!

2.57pm GMT

19 min Harley finds Lawes and they maul. Then Youngs goes left through the two Vunipolas, but the ball squirts through and is turned over. Hernandez finds a decent touch.

2.56pm GMT

18 min They win the lineout and kick high. Estelles appears to have taken out May in the air. He lands more safely. What will we see here? The Twickenham crowd are incensed. He lands nicely on one foot. Just a penalty. It’s outcome based, this. He’s landed safely, so there’s no card. Farrell kicks to touch on the right just outside the 22.

2.54pm GMT

17 min Argentina win a free kick at the lineout as England close the gap. They rumble phasily, until a kick deep. May finds Brown and he runs! He doesn’t just run, he runs 50m! He can’t find Billy V and eventually there’s an Argentina lineout.

2.52pm GMT

16 min Farrell thumps to touch, but they are still not out of their half. Lawes claims the lineout and Youngs hammers it high. May does well and Robshaw appears with the ball and they go left, until Farrell passes behind Brown and into touch on the left.

2.51pm GMT

15 min Loads of knocks on, and a huge hit from Lawes. Eventually England win a penalty! They loved that.

2.51pm GMT

14 min Kick-off finds Ford, who thumps down field, and into touch on halfway. No fuss. Creevy goes long to Cubelli and Argentina head left. England knock on in the tackle so there’s an advantage.

2.49pm GMT

13 min Farrell, as he tends to, scores.

Scotladn are 12-5 up at Kilmarnock and Georgia are a man down.

@willis_macp Surprised to see Estelles for Arg. He’s quick but doesn’t even get in Northampton’s dismal side this season

2.48pm GMT

12 min England win the lineout and maul. They have an advantage for coming in at the side. And we go back for it. It’s 30m out on the left, and Farrell will kick for goal.

2.47pm GMT

11 min What a mess this is … England nab an interception, then it’s turned over again, and Argentina kick straight out. England lineout in the Argentina half.

2.46pm GMT

10 min England are stretched. May is now on the left wing, with Joseph covering the right. Argentina in a penalty on their 10m line. Hernandez misses touch! Senatore is staying off, with Isa staying on.

2.45pm GMT

9 min From the 22, England kick to halfway. Youngs kicks high.

Argentina have had three players go off for HIAs in the opening 7 minutes

2.44pm GMT

8 min Argentina lineout on the 22. Hernandez is back, which is great news. It’s Gonzalez Iglesias, No12, who is going off. De la Fuente stays. They win the lineout and maul. Creevy at its heart. It goes out, Hernandez tries a chip but they are offside.

The Guardian’s man agrees.

Had to go, I’m afraid. England must now play last 75 mins with a man short… #engvarg

2.43pm GMT

7 min Argentina nudge through and Ford comes across to clean up, but keeps the ball in play. Argentina go right, but knock on, and Jonny May wins the ball. England kick back and Cordero knocks through into space, but finally England find touch.

2.41pm GMT

6 min The ball is all over the place here. All over the place. Argentina break through but Billy Vunipola nips that in the bud.

2.40pm GMT

5 min Twickenham crowd boo, but I think that is the right shout from the ref. Argentina kick for touch.

2.39pm GMT

5 min Kruis gathers the restart this time, and Youngs box kicks high. Ouch! Daly has taken the man out in the air. Could be trouble. Didn’t look nasty (Daly’s eyes are on the ball until the last two steps), but Senatore has been taken out very high, and the England wing has got it all wrong. He’s getting treatment. TMO time. Gotta be yellow, this, at least. Senatore is up again.


2.36pm GMT

4 min It’s a simple nudge, and Farrell sends it over.

2.36pm GMT

3 min Hernandez’s second attempt at the kick-off is long and high. Twickenham gets excited as Billy Vunipola goes charging up the middle, then – after a delicious pass from Mako – Jonny May flies down the right. On the sixth phase, by now back in front of the posts, Argentina go off their feet. Juan Martin Hernandez has gone off with a head injury.

2.34pm GMT

2 min Those phases end when the ball is kicked to Daly, who nails it downfield, and Argentina find touch. England win their lineout and go right, with Daly coming off his wing, and a May grubber going through, which Argentina touch down in goal under pressure from the winger. 22 drop out. Farcical scenes as Hernandez kicks off without the ref’s blessing, and the players aren’t listening. They carry on, but it’s a waste of their time.

2.31pm GMT

1 min Advantage played from that knock-on, which came about because England basically left the ball. Youngs box-kicks to touch, and Argentina get some phases going.

2.30pm GMT

Hernandez gets us under way. And Argentina immediately knock on.

2.29pm GMT

Anthems. Long old intro to Argentina’s one, during which the coach, Daniel Hourcade, is either yawning heavily or gurning heavily. Take your pick. It’s a belter, that tune. Really is. Then it’s God Save The Queen.

Contact me! On the emails or on the twitters @willis_macp. Kick-off in one minute.

2.25pm GMT

England wearing that blue number they rocked against Fiji last week. It’s got a red cross on the chest, which I’m really not sure about. In my very humble opinion Argentina have the best gears in world rugby. Classic baby blue and white for them. Players wandering out.

2.18pm GMT

Not long til kick-off, not long until anthems, and anthems mean big Argentinian men in floods of proud and joyful tears.

2.09pm GMT

Over on BBC one, they’re building up to Scotland against Georgia in Kilmarnock. Rugby’s the national sport in Georgia, and it sounds like they might be a little peeved not to get a go at Murrayfield. Richie Dixon, the former head coach of Scotland and Georgia, reckons they are at the stage Italy were at pre-Championship introduction in ‘99. Knocking on the door.

1.53pm GMT

Can kick.

Elliot Daly clearing the dead-ball line from about 55 metres out in this week’s warm-up. Rocket.

1.53pm GMT

England have made changes from the Fiji win. Two blokes who scored two tries in that game are gone for very different reasons. To some consternation in the West Country and beyond, Semesa Rokoduguni is out, with Jonny May returning. Joe Launchbury has been banned for the last two games of the autumn for a little use of the boot. George Kruis’s return, in that regard, could not be better timed. England do have an embarrassment of riches in the second row. A couple of old hands are back too: Mike Brown at full-back and Tom Wood on t’openside.

1.42pm GMT

Right so England are looking for a 13th straight win, and their 12th under Eddie Jones. Argentina have won just two in 10 and they lost to the Scots last week. Marcelo Bosch, the Saracen and Puma, reckons the loss of Tuculet is a big blow for Los Pumas.

There was an interesting chat with Jones on Sky just there. He says he picks the team as soon as the last game finishes!

1.18pm GMT

You want to know the teams, don’t you. Here you go. Note the change at full-back for Argentina. Tuculet out injured.

Ingerlund: M Brown (Harlequins); J May (Gloucester), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), E Daly (Wasps); G Ford (England), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), G Kruis (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), B Vunipola (Saracens).

11.24am GMT

Well hello there, and welcome to another Feast Of Rugby. There’s a veritable truckload of the stuff happening across western Europe today – six (6) belting looking games with intrigue across the rankings (context!!).

First among equals is the game I’m (I’m Will Macpherson, by the way, and you can email me here) here to tell you about on a minute-by-minute basis: England v Argentina at Twickenham, or, as the people who go there call it Twickers. Yeah.

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Nov 25

Tom Wood feels the new England buzz and plans to put Argentina under pump

The recently recalled flanker says England, who chase their 13th straight win against Los Pumas on Saturday, are a different beast under Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones knew precisely what he was doing when he suggested Argentina could pose England their toughest challenge of this autumn series. As well as alerting his own side to the perils of complacency it also delivered a jagged little dart to Australian posteriors before their Test against Ireland. Even if the Wallabies do not respond in kind when they reach London next week, Jones’s calculated jibe will have found its fleshy target.

It also had the additional virtue of being potentially true. Argentina did, admittedly, end up bottom of the Rugby Championship and lost to Australia at Twickenham just a few short weeks ago but if ever there was a team with the attacking capacity to spring a spectacular surprise it is Los Pumas. They were leading the All Blacks in Hamilton in September and were World Cup semi-finalists in October last year.

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Nov 25

Gus Pichot: ‘The Fiji v England game wasn’t very good for rugby … it’s unfair’

World Rugby’s vice-chairman discusses the global calendar, player eligibility and welfare issues at this vital juncture of the professional game’s evolution

The phone line from Buenos Aires is slightly crackly but Gus Pichot’s opinions are crystal clear. “The Fiji v England game last Saturday wasn’t very good for rugby. Having a Fijian saying he was better leaving Fiji to play for England … I don’t like that. I think it’s unfair for other teams.” In his days as Argentina’s captain, Pichot was among the most passionate and honest of leaders and, praise be, rugby administration has not changed him.

At this vital juncture in the professional game’s evolution, the 42-year-old vice-chairman of World Rugby represents perhaps the single best hope of negotiating a path across the familiar minefield of global calendar, eligibility and player welfare problems.

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Nov 25

Rugby union autumn internationals: 10 things to look forward to this weekend

Elliot Daly in the spotlight for England, Ireland face a test of their consistency from the Wallabies and can Italy capitalise on Springboks upset?

On one hand, Eddie Jones’s decision to stick with Elliot Daly on the wing again makes sense – he was excellent against Fiji, singled out for praise by the head coach, has the necessary pace and is willing to go looking for the ball. On the other, Semesa Rokoduguni’s omission seems harsh: before last Saturday Daly had not started on the wing since March 2013 and you cannot help but wonder how his overlooked Wasps club-mate Christian Wade might feel. But Daly’s versatility is clearly valued by Jones and giving him more game time there feels like planning for all eventualities in, with the greatest respect to Fiji and Argentina, matches that really matter. It also feels like the transitional phase in moving Daly to full-back, where he has a great deal more experience for Wasps and where he could well end up cementing his place in the England XV. Mike Brown will not give up the shirt without a fight – indeed Jones will relish the very fact the he won’t – but the Harlequins full-back will be 34 when the 2019 World Cup begins whereas Daly will be in his prime. Anthony Watson appeared to be the favourite to take over from Brown not so long ago but having spent a couple of seasons developing into England’s most lethal finisher, it would be a waste to restart his international education in the No15 jersey, especially considering Daly’s ability to run from deep.
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Nov 24

Elliot Daly’s pace and work rate earns England nod from Eddie Jones

England coach likens the increasingly influential wing to Jason Robinson as he reshuffles his squad for the ‘test of manhood’ Argentina are expected to provide

The sports scientists who work alongside England’s players informed the coaches this week that, statistically, the squad have never been happier. Given England have won their past 12 games it hardly needed a wellbeing survey to reach that conclusion and Eddie Jones has his own trusted method anyway. “I look at their faces in the morning. Then I look at the figures – if the face is no good and the figures are no good then we have a problem.”

Winners, in other words, tend to be grinners and Jones does not need the latest hydration readings to know who of his players to unleash against Argentina on Saturday. Elliot Daly and the recalled Jonny May, Mike Brown, George Kruis and Tom Wood are all busting to tackle the Pumas and Jones is smart enough to tap into this primal force. “Science gives you a base but rugby is not a scientific game,” he said after announcing a starting XV notable for their upbeat body language. “It is a feel game: 60% art, 40% science. Small margins are for cycling. We’re not cyclists, we’re rugby players.”

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Nov 24

England name George Kruis and Tom Wood in their pack for Argentina match

• Eddie Jones has made four changes to starting XV that routed Fiji
• Mike Brown preferred to Alex Goode and Jonny May plays on wing

England have named George Kruis and Tom Wood in their pack for the penultimate autumn international against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Nov 23

England players are warned to remain disciplined against Argentina

• Incident-packed Test between Ireland and New Zealand a point in question
• Joe Launchbury banned for reckless kick in game against Fiji

England’s players have been warned to keep their discipline against Argentina amid rising scrutiny on those who commit dangerous tackles. Having already had Joe Launchbury banned for a reckless kick at a ruck against Fiji, the home coaches will be reminding the squad to behave themselves against at Twickenham on Saturday.

With World Rugby having announced a specific crackdown on illegal hits entering this month’s Test matches, England’s assistant coach Paul Gustard says all players should be aware of their responsibilities following the incident-packed Test between Ireland and New Zealand in Dublin last Saturday in which two All Blacks were cited and Malakai Fekitoa was subsequently banned. “Every coach in the land is aware of the consequences if you have contact with the head,” Gustard said. “There has been a specific focus brought to this aspect of the game but I don’t think anyone has ever coached tackling around the head. We’re certainly not doing that.

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Nov 21

Rugby union autumn internationals: talking points from the latest action

England under Eddie Jones are nothing if not purposeful, New Zealand can’t be blamed for their physicality and Scotland could profit from Argentina’s travails

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