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Rugby World Cup 2019: England name team for opening match v Tonga

Rugby World Cup 2019: England name team for opening match v Tonga

Eddie Jones led Australia to the World Cup final in 2003
bbc.comGeorge Ford will start at fly-half and Owen Farrell at inside-centre as England begin their Rugby World Cup campaign against Tonga.Coach Eddie Jones has also picked the youthful combination of Tom Curry at blind-side and Sam Underhill at open-side for Sunday's game in Sapporo.Farrell will captain the side as scrum-half Ben Youngs wins his 90th cap, with Manu Tuilagi at outside-centre.
Jones said: "We know Tonga are going to be ferocious and full of pride and passion."They are a side that if they get a bit of momentum can be very dangerous, and we will need to be on our best on Sunday."With Mako Vunipola still recovering from a hamstring injury, Joe Marler comes in at loose-head prop as part of a front row also featuring Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler.Anthony Watson starts on the right wing with Jonny May on the left and Elliot Daly at full-back.The whole team is as follows:15 Elliot Daly 14 Anthony Watson 13 Manu Tuilagi12 Owen Farrell (c)11 Jonny May 10 George Ford9 Ben Youngs 1 Joe Marler2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Courtney Lawes5 Maro Itoje 6 Tom Curry 7 Sam Underhill 8 Billy Vunipola Replacements16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge18 Dan Cole 19 George Kruis 20 Lewis Ludlam 21 Willi Heinz 22 Henry Slade 23 Jonathan Joseph
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