Owen Farrell returns as England team named for Chile game


England head coach Steve Borthwick has named his team to play Chile in England’s third pool match of Rugby World Cup 2023 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.

Owen Farrell returns to captain an England side with 12 changes to the starting XV that defeated Japan 34-12 at Stade de Nice last Sunday.

Loosehead prop Bevan Rodd and hooker Theo Dan both start their first games of the 2023 Rugby World Cup joining tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler in the front row. Locks David Ribbans and George Martin form a brand-new second row pairing. Behind them, a back row combination of Jack Willis at openside flanker, Lewis Ludlam on the blindside and Billy Vunipola at No.8 rounds off the pack.

In the half-back berths, scrum-half Danny Care starts alongside captain Farrell at fly-half. In midfield, Ollie Lawrence is named at inside centre with Elliot Daly moving from left wing to 13. A new back three sees Henry Arundell on the right wing, Max Malins on the left, and Marcus Smith makes his first start in an England shirt at full back.

On the bench, vice-captain George Ford is joined by Jack Walker, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Ollie Chessum, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs and Joe Marchant.

England team vs Chile

15. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 26 caps)
14. Henry Arundell (Racing 92, 8 caps)
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 61 caps)
12. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)
11. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 21 caps)
10. Owen Farrell (c) (Saracens, 107 caps)
9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 91 caps)

1. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 3 caps)
2. Theo Dan (Saracens, 5 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 64 caps)
4. David Ribbans (Toulon, 8 caps)
5. George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
6. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 23 caps)
7. Jack Willis (Toulouse, 13 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 71 caps)

16. Jack Walker (Harlequins, 4 caps)
17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 84 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 31 caps)
19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps)
20. Ben Earl (Saracens, 20 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 125 caps)
22. George Ford (vc) (Sale Sharks, 87 caps)
23. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 21 caps)

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