Rugby World Cup Match Hub: Japan one step closer to historic knockout berth, England first team to qualify

Rugby World Cup
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Week three of the Rugby World Cup has wrapped up and the final eight contenders are starting to become a bit clearer.

England has secured a knockout spot while Host country Japan is one step closer to an historic quarter-final berth.

Here are all the Pools as they stand after three weeks.

POOL A

1. Japan - 14 pts (3 played, 3W, 2BP)

2. Ireland - 11 pts (2 played, 2W, 3BP)

3. Scotland - 5 pts (2 played, 1W, 1BP)

4. Samoa - 5 pts (3 played ,1W, 1BP)

5. Russia - 0 pts (3 played)

POOL B

1. South Africa - 10 pts (3 played, 2W, 2BP)

2. Italy - 10 pts (3 played, 2W, 2BP)

3. New Zealand - 9 pts (2 played, 2W, 1BP)

4. Namibia - 0 pts (2 played)

5. Canada - 0 pts (2 played)

POOL C

1. England - 15 pts (3 played, 3W, 3BP)

2. France - 9 pts (2 played, 2W, 1BP)

3. Argentina - 6 pts (3 played, 1W, 2BP)

4. Tonga - 0 pts (2 played)

5. USA - 0 pts (2 played)

POOL D

1. Australia - 11 pts (3 played, 2W, 3BP)

2. Wales - 9 pts (2 played, 2W, 1BP)

3. Fiji - 7 pts (3 played, 1W, 3BP)

4. Georgia - 5 pts (3 played, 1W, 1BP)

5. Uruguay - 4 pts (3 played, 1W)

JAPAN vs SAMOA

Hosts Japan conjured the samurai spirit to smash Samoa 38-19 on Saturday and take a giant step towards a historic quarter-final spot at the Rugby World Cup.

Tries by Samoan-born Timothy Lafaele, Kazuki Himeno, Kenki Fukuoka and Kotaro Matsushima helped make it three wins out of three for the Brave Blossoms, who returned to the top of Pool A.

Yu Tamura scored 18 points on eight of 10 kicking to pace Japan, who added a bonus point through Matsushima's try long after full-time to take control of their own destiny.

After beating Russia 30-10 and then stunning Ireland 19-12 to top Pool A, Japan face Scotland next week in the biggest game in their history.

"I'm really proud of our team, especially at the end there -- it was a never-say-die attitude," said Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

"At the end of the day the belief in our team has grown and I guess we will need it going into next week."

Samoa threw down the challenge before the game with their fearsome "siva tau" war dance on a cool night in Toyota.

But in the heartland of the ancient samurai warriors, it was Japan who showed the greater hunger and fight as the Pacific islanders made an early exit.

Tamura and Henry Taefu traded a handful of penalties in the early skirmishes before Lafaele scored the game's first try just before the half-hour mark after swarming Japanese pressure.

With Samoa's TJ Ioane in the sin bin for a late hit on local boy Tamura, Lafaele spotted a gap and crashed over to the joy of 45,000 fans at the Toyota stadium.

Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams, cousin of All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill, went off with a head injury just before half-time after being smashed by James Moore -- his failure to re-emerge a big miss.

ENGLAND vs ARGENTINA

England became the first team to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals Saturday after a 39-10 bonus-point win over Argentina, who had a man sent off for a high tackle.

Jack Nowell celebrated his return from injury with a late try, one of six scores for Eddie Jones's men, who can now look to a last-eight clash likely against either Wales or Australia.

In perfect rugby conditions at Tokyo Stadium, the Pumas started the brighter, a delightful cross-field kick finding Matias Moroni in space, who jabbed the ball forward but was just beaten to the line by a covering Jonny May.

The Pumas nearly went over after the resulting five-metre scrum but had to settle for three points in front of the posts, slotted by fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta to send their noisy supporters into raptures.

But Eddie Jones's men hit back instantly, a catch-and-drive from a line-out creating space out wide for May to dot down on the left-wing.

Veteran Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy had described the match as "like a war" and passions boiled over in the 12th minute with an off-the-ball scrap sparked by a hit from Pablo Matera.

And shortly afterwards came the key moment of the match, referee Nigel Owens showing lock Tomas Lavanini a red card for a high hit on centre Owen Farrell, the tournament's fourth.

The 26-year-old Jaguares lock has had disciplinary problems throughout his career and had received the most sin-bins in Pumas history, before Saturday's transgression.

The 14-man Pumas quickly found themselves stretched and fullback Elliot Daly exploited a huge gap on the left for a try that doubled England's advantage.

And scrum-half Ben Youngs celebrated overtaking Johnny Wilkinson in terms of caps with a trademark sniping score deep into extra time, giving England a 15-3 lead at the break.

The only concern for Eddie Jones after 40 minutes would have been the form of Farrell, who appeared to have left his kicking boots at home -- missing all four shots at goal.

RESULT

England 39

Tries: May, Daly, Youngs, Ford, Nowell, Cowan-Dickie

Cons: Farrell 3

Pens: Farrell

Argentina 10

Tries: Moroni

Cons: Boffelli

Pens: Urdapilleta

SOUTH AFRICA vs ITALY

Electric winger Cheslin Kolbe scored a classy double as South Africa put one foot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive 49-3 victory over 14-man Italy on Friday.

The result left both teams on 10 points, but Rassie Erasmus' Springboks will bid for another full five points when they round off their Pool B campaign against whipping boys Canada in Kobe on Tuesday.

Italy, however, are left with a testing game against in-form defending champions New Zealand -- who first take on Namibia on Sunday -- in Toyota on October 12.

Man-of-the-match Kolbe's try double was the highlight for the Springboks but the evening ended uncomfortably for the speedster when he limped off late in the game after twisting his ankle in a tackle.

"This was crunch game for us. It looked easy, but it was a fairly slippery game for us," said South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus.

"In the beginning, we were a bit worried about this game. And I thought that the red card obviously cost them because there were stages when they almost came back into the game."

Italy coach Conor O'Shea was incensed after prop Andrea Lovotti's sending-off for a dangerous tip-tackle on Duane Vermeulen as the Azzurri attacked early in the second half.

"I'm destroyed really for everybody because we worked so hard," said the Irishman.

"We get to the start of the second half, we're close to the line and then just crass stupidity, crass stupidity. And then you're down to 14 men," he fumed.

RESULT

South Africa 49

Tries: Kolbe 2, Mbonambi, Am, Snyman, Marx

Cons: Pollard 4

Pens: Pollard 2 

Italy 3

Pens: Allan

IRELAND vs RUSSIA

Ireland began to put their Rugby World Cup back on track after the shock loss to Japan but it took them over an hour to secure a bonus point and strengthen their quarter-final chances in an unconvincing 35-0 win over a stubborn Russia on Thursday.

Ireland just need to beat Samoa to reach the last eight and can finish top of the pool if Japan slip up but the fact Joe Schmidt's side struggled to put away such a limited team will do little for fans' waning hopes of reaching a first semi-final.

Only a commanding win would have sufficed with the shock in Shizuoka still reverberating around the tournament and it looked on the cards when Rob Kearney, who scored in the 62-12 trashing of Russia in the 2011 World Cup, touched down after 90 seconds.

Ireland's players had suggested short, sharp passes could best counter the slippery, humid conditions under the roof at the Kobe Misaki Stadium and it was just that tactic that helped Kearney find a gap and sprint through.

Johnny Sexton, who was not risked against Japan due to a thigh injury, appeared to have Ireland rushing towards the bonus point when his textbook 13th-minute dink through was carried over by flanker Peter O'Mahony for just his second try in 62 tests.

Yet Russia, who belied their lowly standing by giving Japan a fright and were mainly outdone by a short turnaround against Samoa, remained competitive with Ramil Gaisin's smart kicking helping to keep Ireland at bay for another 20 minutes.

While some basic errors cost the world's 20th-ranked side early on, Ireland could only manage a solitary Rhys Ruddock try when Bogdan Fedotko and Andrey Ostrikov were yellow carded either side of halftime for The Bears.

Sexton, captaining his country for the first time, kicked flawlessly before being replaced at halftime and Ireland's focus left with him in an error-strewn third quarter in which the Russian pack bossed the far more experienced opposing eight.

Though cooler in the stadium than when Samoa and Scotland struggled to hold onto the ball on Monday, the greasy surface played a part in Ireland's scrappiness before Andrew Conway was put through for his second try of the tournament on 62 minutes.

Centre Garry Ringrose added his second try in as many games to give the scoreline a slightly less flattering look than the Russians' efforts possibly deserved.

The win puts Ireland on 11 points, while unbeaten Japan (nine) face Samoa (five) on Saturday. Scotland also have five points and play Russia next Wednesday in Shizuoka before ending the pool phase against the tournament hosts in Yokohama on October 13.

RESULT

Ireland 35

Tries: Kearney, O'Mahoney, Ruddock, Conway, Ringrose

Cons: Sexton 3, Carty 2

Russia 0

GEORGIA vs FIJI

Winger Semi Radradra scored twice as Fiji produced a scintillating second-half performance to secure a 45-10 bonus-point win against Georgia Thursday, running in seven tries in difficult conditions at the Rugby World Cup.

Coach John McKee had demanded a response from his players after they suffered a humiliating upset at the hands of Uruguay and the win puts Fiji in a strong position to secure third place in Pool D to win automatic qualification for the next World Cup.

The game kicked off in torrential rain at the Hanazono Stadium and the opening exchanges were attritional, dominated by the set-piece and high kicks.

Fiji finally broke the deadlock after 19 minutes, Waisea Nayacalevu running in after a clever grubber kick pierced the organised Georgian defence.

The skies cleared but the slippery ball kept the handling errors high until Georgia produced a stunning move from their own line on the stroke of half-an-hour, falling just short of a try but coming away with three points.

In a tournament where the refereeing of high tackles has been a major talking point, Josua Tuisova could well have seen a card for a glancing blow but Kiwi referee Paul Williams decided it was a penalty only.

The teams went into the break with Fiji 7-3 up after a half that was one for the purists in difficult conditions to play rugby.

But as the rain eased, Fiji brought the crowd to life five minutes into the second half with a flowing try down the left from an outrageous offload, finished off by Frank Lomani.

Tuisova extended Fiji's advantage after another slick backs move, outpacing fullback Soso Matiashvili for the score.

However, Georgia refused to lie down, brilliantly winning the ball from their own kick-off and overpowering the Fijian defence for veteran flanker Mamuka Gorgodze to score his 27th international try.

But Fiji secured a potentially vital bonus point when Radradra cantered in from just inside the Georgian half, beating the covering tackle with a glorious step off his left foot.

Flanker Semi Kunatani put the result beyond doubt with just over 10 minutes to go, bundling over from short range for Fiji's fifth try, converted from wide out by fly-half Ben Volavola.

By now, the Flying Fijians were living up to their nickname and they produced a breathtaking try from the next kick-off, the ball passing through several hands over the length of the field for Api Ratuniyarawa to score.

And Radradra put the icing on the cake, sprinting down the left wing to dot down for a double.

Fiji next play Wales and will be ruing their loss to Uruguay, as they could have been in a position to secure a shock quarter-final place.

RESULT

Georgia 10

Tries: Gorgodze

Cons: Matiashvili

Fiji 45

Tries: Radradra 2, Naycalevu, Lomani, Tuisova, Kunatani, Ratuniyarawa

Cons:  Volavola 5

NEW ZEALAND vs CANADA

All three Barrett brothers got on the scoresheet as reigning champions New Zealand stormed to their second victory of the Rugby World Cup with a 63-0 bonus point mauling of Canada at Oita Stadium on Wednesday.

The All Blacks defied the humid conditions to cross four times in the first half and added five more after the break to move into second place behind Italy in Pool B with matches against Namibia and the Italians to come.

Although a long way from their record World Cup win - a 145-17 thrashing of Japan in 2007 - it was only the second time New Zealand had shut out an opponent at the World Cup after their 40-0 defeat of Scotland in 2007.

Winger Jordie and his fullback brother Beauden crossed in the first half with the third sibling, lock Scott, scoring his try after the break as the Barretts became the first trio of brothers to play for New Zealand at a World Cup.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, however, could face a nervous 24 hours with the No.8 appearing not to use his arms in a tackle on Lucas Rumball in the first half that was not picked up by Romain Poite.

The All Blacks wore black armbands after the death of former lock Stan 'Tiny' Hill was announced earlier on Wednesday.

Hill,who was once dropped by the All Blacks for being overly physical in a provincial game against South Africa, was 92.

Coach Steve Hansen had spoken at length about using their last three pool matches to finetune their game ahead of the knockout phase and he would have been mostly pleased, especially with the first and third quarters of play.

They played with pace and width, exploited space when it was available and the dual playmakers of Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga grew their combination behind a dominant pack and quick delivery from scrumhalves TJ Perenara and Brad Weber.

Inside centre Sonny Bill Williams was also a huge problem for Canada centres Conor Trainor and Ciaran Hearn, constantly making ground and drawing more than one defender but still able to get his characteristic passes away out of contact.

He also provided a deft kick-through for Beauden Barrett to secure the bonus point shortly before halftime to give the All Blacks a 28-0 lead at the break.

Hansen, however, would have been furious with his side as they bombed at least four other tries in the first half through poor handling, with Scott Barrett the most obvious transgressor when he dropped the ball when he was over the tryline.

They flicked the switch after the break, however, and doubled their score inside the first 10 minutes with tries to Rieko Ioane, Scott Barrett, Shannon Frizell and Weber as they opened up the tiring Canadian defence at will.

RESULT

New Zealand 63

Tries: Weber 2, Penalty, J Barrett, Williams, B Barrett, Ioane, S Barrett, Frizell

Cons: Mo'unga 8

Canada 0

FRANCE vs USA

France made heavy work of it at times but finished strongly to secure their second win of the Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point 33-9 victory over the United States on Wednesday.

Tries from wingers Yoann Huget and Alivereti Raka in the first 24 minutes looked like setting the three-times World Cup finalists on their way to a handsome Pool C victory at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.

The Americans were much better than in their 45-7 opening loss to England, however, and three AJ MacGinty penalties had them within three points at 12-9 after 64 minutes as the French succumbed to errors and ill-discipline.

France, much changed from the side that beat Argentina in their first match, finally got their third try through centre Gael Fickou 13 minutes from time and replacements Baptiste Serin and Jefferson Poirot added two more in the last 10 minutes.

The bonus win put France second just behind England in Pool C ahead of Les Bleus' third match against Tonga in Kumamoto on Sunday, but Eddie Jones's side may have few concerns after this French performance.

Captained by veteran No.8 Louis Picamoles, France started with 12 changes from the side that won a cliffhanger against Argentina in their opener last week, with coach Jacques Brunel opting for experience over youth in key positions.

Yet for much of the match they played like they barely knew each other, with only the pinpoint kicking of Camille Lopez a threat to the Americans' defences.

A deft dink from the wily five-eighth in front of the posts set up winger Huget to run onto the ball and cross for the opening try in the sixth minute.

He later found his other winger Raka sprinting to the right corner with a sumptuous cross-kick for their second try in the 24th minute.

Between those score, there was little to buoy frustrated France fans as passes were spilled or flew wide and it was instead the Americans who were driving forward as they capitalised on French indiscipline through the boot of five-eighth MacGinty.

It took replacement halfback Serin to stop the rot and his decision-making proved key.

He hurled the ball wide from a ruck five metres from the line and Fickou celebrated his 50th cap by bursting through two defenders to score in the 67th minute.

Moments later, Serin scampered away from the wearying Eagles to seal the match and cap a brilliant cameo.

RESULT

France 33

Tries: Huget, Raka, Fickou, Serin, Poirot

Cons: Lopez 2, Ramos

USA 9

Pens: MacGinty 3

SCOTLAND vs SAMOA

Scotland revived their Rugby World Cup campaign with a decisive 34-0 win over Samoa in Kobe on Monday that saw the Pacific islanders finish a man down.

Victory was all but assured after a burst of 17 points in eight minutes late in the first half left Scotland 20-0 ahead at the interval.

Scotland wing Sean Maitland and Greig Laidlaw scored tries, both converted by the fly-half who also kicked an early penalty, before fullback Stuart Hogg landed the Scots' first Test-match drop goal for more than five years with an audacious effort from just inside the halfway line.

Scotland secured the four-try bonus point with two penalty tries, Ed Fidow shown a pair of yellow cards that meant the Samoa wing saw red six minutes from time.

Scotland were in desperate need of a victory if they were to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals after starting this World Cup with a woeful

27-3 loss to Ireland -- who were in turn the victims of a shock 19-12 defeat by hosts Japan that threw Pool A wide open.

The Ireland reverse led Scotland coach Gregor Townsend to make wholesale changes, including fielding an entirely new back-row against Samoa.

The Pacific islanders were without centre Rey Lee-Lo and hooker Motu Matu'u after the pair received three-game bans for shoulder-led hits in a bruising

34-9 win over Russia.

It looked as if Laidlaw's ninth-minute penalty would be the lone score of a first half where both sides struggled to hold on to the ball in humid conditions under the closed roof of the Kobe Misaki Stadium, with the biggest early cheers reserved for a spectator playing the bagpipes, a traditional Scottish instrument.

RESULT

Scotland 34

Tries: Penalty 2, Maitland, Laidlaw

Cons: Laidlaw 2

Pens: Laidlaw

Drop: Hogg

Samoa 0

TEAMS

SCOTLAND vs SAMOA

Scotland to face Samoa

Allan Dell, Stuart McInally (capt.), Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray , Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson, Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell, Sean Maitland, Sam Johnson, Chris Harris, Darcy Graham, Stuart Hogg. Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Duncan Taylor

Samoa to face Scotland

Logovii Mulipola, Ray Niuia, Michael Alaalatoa, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Le'aupepe, Chris Vui, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam (capt.), Melani Matavao, Tusi Pisi, Ed Fidow, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Tim Nanai-Williams. Reserves: Seilala Lam, Paul Alo-Emile, Jordan Lay, Piula Faasalele, Josh Tyrell, Pele Cowley, Ulupano Seuteni, Kieron Fonotia 

FRANCE vs USA

France to face USA

Cyril Baille, Camille Chat, Emerick Setiano, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Gabrillagues, Arthur Iturria, Yacouba Camara, Louis Picamoles (capt.), Maxime Machenaud, Camille Lopez, Yoann Huget, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune, Alivereti Raka, Thomas Ramos. Reserves: Guilhem Guirado, Jefferson Poirot, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Gregory Alldritt, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack, Maxime Medard

USA to face France

Eric Fry, Joe Taufetee, Titi Lamositele, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Tony Lamborn, Hanco Germishuys, Cam Dolan, Shaun Davies, AJ MacGinty, Martin Iosefo, Bryce Campbell, Marcel Brache, Blaine Scully (capt.), Mike Teo. Reserves: Dylan Fawsitt, Olive Kilifi, Paul Mullen, Greg Peterson, Ben Pinkelman, Ruben de Haas, Will Magie, Thretton Palamo

NEW ZEALAND vs CANADA

New Zealand to face Canada

Atu Moli (2), Liam Coltman (6), Angus Ta'avao (9), Patrick Tuipulotu (26), Scott Barrett (32), Shannon Frizell (6), Matt Todd (21), Kieran Read - captain (123), TJ Perenara (60), Richie Mo'unga (13), Rieko Ioane (26), Sonny Bill Williams (54), Jack Goodhue (9), Jordie Barrett (12), Beauden Barrett (79). Reserves: Codie Taylor (46) , Ofa Tuungafasi (31), Nepo Laulala (21), Samuel Whitelock (113) , Ardie Savea (40), Brad Weber (2), Ryan Crotty (46), Ben Smith (81)

Canada to face New Zealand

TBC

GEORGIA vs FIJI

Georgia to face Fiji

Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Konstantine Mikautadze, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Mamuka Gorgodze, Beka Gorgadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Lasha Khmaladze, Alexander Todua, Merab Sharikadze (capt.), David Kacharava, Giorgi Kveseladze, Soso Matiashvili. Reserves: Jaba Bregvadze, Guram Gogichashvili, Levan Chilachava, Otari Giorgadze, Beka Saginadze, Gela Aprasidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Miriani Modebadze

Fiji to face Georgia

Campese Ma'afu, Samuel Matavesi, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (capt.), Semi Kunatani, Peceli Yato, Frank Lomani, Ben Volavola, Semi Radradra, Lepani Botia, Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova, Kini Murimurivalu. Reserves: Tuvere Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Viliame Mata, Nikola Matawalu, Jale Vatubua, Josh Matavesi

IRELAND vs RUSSIA

Ireland to face Russia

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Jean Kleyn, Rhys Ruddock, Peter O'Mahony, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton (capt.), Keith Earls, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Andrew Conway, Rob Kearney. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, CJ Stander, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Jordan Larmour

Russia to face Ireland

TBC

SOUTH AFRICA vs ITALY

Sergio Parisse is back to captain Italy against South Africa, when an Italian win would put them through to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

Parisse will also become the most capped player from the northern hemisphere when he runs on in Shizuoka on Friday.

He'll play his 142nd test, overtaking former Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll. Only former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has played more tests with 148.

Parisse's return at No.8 is one of three changes to the starting line-up by coach Conor O'Shea but the only change in the forward pack from the 48-7 win over Canada last Thursday.

Parisse replaces flanker Sebastian Negri.

South Africa-born Braam Steyn, who played at No. 8 vs. Canada, returns to the blindside flank.

There are two changes in the backline, with halfback Tito Tebaldi and centre Luca Morsi coming into the team while Michele Campagnaro switches from centre to winger.

O'Shea matched South Africa's selection by also picking just two backs on his eight-man bench, with the game expected to be decided in the forward exchanges.

Italy opened with wins over Namibia and Canada and faces their first stern test in Japan against the two-time champion Springboks.

Italy:

Matteo Minozzi, Tommaso Benvenuti, Luca Morsi, Jaden Hayward, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi; Sergio Parisse (capt), Jake Polledri, Braam Steyn, Dean Budd, David Sisi, Simone Ferrari, Luca Bigi, Andrea Lovotti. Res: Federico Zani, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Alessandro Zanni, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Callum Braley, Carlo Canna.

South Africa to face Italy

Tendai Mtawarira, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (capt.), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Cheslin Kolbe, Willie Le Roux. Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Frans Steyn

Italy to face South Africa

Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi, Simone Ferrari, David Sisi, Dean Budd, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri, Sergio Parisse (capt.), Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Michele Campagnaro, Jayden Hayward, Luca Morisi, Tommaso Benvenuti, Matteo Minozzi. Reserves: Federico Zani, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Alessandro Zanni, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Callum Braley, Carlo Canna 

AUSTRALIA vs URUGUAY

Wallabies to face Uruguay

James Slipper, Folau Fainga'a, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper (capt.), Jack Dempsey, Nicholas White, Christian Lealiifano, Jordan Petaia, Matt To'omua, Tevita Kuridrani, Dane Haylett-Petty, Kurtley Beale. Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rory Arnold, David Pocock, Will Genia, James O'Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper

Uruguay to face Australia

Juan Echeverria, German Kessler, Diego Arbelo, Franco Lamanna, Manuel Leindekar, Manuel Ardao, Juan Diego Ormaechea, Manuel Diana, Agustin Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi, Nicolas Freitas, Andres Vilaseca (capt.), Tomas Inciarte, Federico Favaro, Rodrigo Silva. Reserves: Guillermo Pujadas, Joaquin Jaunsolo, Juan Pedro Rombys, Ignacio Dotti, Juan Manuel Gaminara, Santiago Arata, Felipe Etcheverry , Agustin Della Corte

ENGLAND vs ARGENTINA

England coach Eddie Jones has named a full-strength side for Saturday's crunch Pool C encounter with Argentina that could see his team secure a knock-out berth with one game to play.

Jones welcomed back winger Jack Nowell and prop Mako Vunipola from long-term injury into the match-day 23, backing them both to make an impact from the bench.

The coach made nine changes from the team that thrashed the United States 45-7 with only Joe Marler, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola, George Ford and Elliot Daly keeping their places.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs will win his 92nd cap for his country, overtaking the legendary Jonny Wilkinson and putting him behind just recent captain Dylan Hartley and prop Jason Leonard. If prop Dan Coles comes on from the bench, he will draw level with Youngs.

Jones has again opted for the double playmaker strategy with captain Owen Farrell at inside-centre and George Ford running the show from fly-half.

Up front, marauding number eight Billy Vunipola starts the game alongside Curry and Sam Underhill. With an average age of 24, they are the youngest back row to start a game for England in the professional era.

Maro Itoje and Kruis start in the boiler room in the second row.

Jones said Argentina was "a completely different team from others we have played so far in the pool stages and are always about the physical contest".

"This week it's about getting our game right, our set piece in a good place and making sure defensively we are organised and ready to find ways to score points against them."

England to face Argentina

Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (capt.), Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly. Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell

Argentina to face England

Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya, Juan Figallo, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera (capt.), Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Cubelli ,Benjamin Urdapilleta, Santiago Carreras, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Orlando, Matías Moroni, Emiliano Boffelli. Reserves: Agustín Creevy, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Felipe Ezcurra, Lucas Mensa, Bautista Delguy