George Ford begins at fly-half for England vs Samoa whereas Owen Farrell captains facet from inside centre; Marcus Smith dropped to bench as Freddie Steward begins at full-back; Tom Curry returns following suspension; England assured of high spot in Pool D after successful first three video games
By Michael Cantillon
Final Up to date: 05/10/23 4:41pm
Owen Farrell and George Ford have each been named to begin for England in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D match towards Samoa, with skipper Farrell shifting into midfield.
The choice is the primary time head coach Steve Borthwick has chosen to deploy Ford and Farrell in a twin 10-12 playmaking axis, with Marcus Smith dropping to the bench on account of Freddie Steward returning at full-back.
England are assured of high spot and development to the quarter-finals already, having received their opening three pool video games.
Ought to Fiji take no less than some extent of their closing pool sport towards Portugal, they are going to be England’s last-eight opponents on October 15.
Centre Manu Tuilagi shifts to exterior centre to accommodate Farrell beginning at 12, whereas Joe Marchant strikes to the best wing, with no spot within the crew or squad for Henry Arundell, who scored 5 tries towards Chile final day out.
Elsewhere within the backs, Jonny Might begins on the left wing, whereas Alex Mitchell comes again into the facet at scrum-half.
Within the forwards, Tom Curry returns to begin at openside flanker following his suspension for a excessive sort out pink card towards Argentina in England’s World Cup opener.
Courtney Lawes at blindside flanker and Ben Earl at No 8 full the back-row, with Billy Vunipola named on the bench.
Maro Itoje and Ollie Chessum mix within the second row, whereas loosehead Ellis Genge, hooker Jamie George and tighthead Dan Cole – the latter in forward of Kyle Sinckler – type the front-row.
Hooker Theo Dan, loosehead Joe Marler, lock George Martin, scrum-half Danny Care and centre Ollie Lawrence be part of Smith, Vunipola and Sinckler on the replacements bench.
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny Might, 10 George Ford, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Ollie Chessum, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Ben Earl.
Replacements: 16 Theo Dan, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 George Martin, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Danny Care, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Ollie Lawrence.