Henry Arundell equals England record with five tries against Chile

England's Henry Arundell celebrates scoring their side's ninth try
Henry Arundell celebrates scoring England's ninth try - PA/David Davies

Henry Arundell made history by scoring five tries to equal England men’s record for scores in a match as Steve Borthwick’s side thrashed Chile 71-0 to put one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Arundell was hailed by head coach Borthwick as a “fantastic finisher” after becoming the first England player to achieve that feat for 20 years and just the fourth in history following Douglas Lambert in 1907, Rory Underwood in 1989 and Josh Lewsey at the 2003 World Cup against Uruguay.

The 20-year-old reaped the rewards of an England performance that grew increasingly more convincing after an edgy, scoreless first quarter in which Chile scrapped impressively. In the first half, Arundell walked in following passes from Owen Farrell and Theo Dan before completing his hat-trick in the second period from an Elliot Daly grubber.

Arundell’s fourth, featuring a classy chip that he collected himself, was his best by some distance and his last was set up by Marcus Smith. England scored 11 tries in all, with both Dan and Smith, who started at full-back, crossing the whitewash twice each. Bevan Rodd and Jack Willis, the latter among his team’s most impressive individuals, also dotted down.

Following a one-sided affair in which he became the fifth man to score five or more tries in a single World Cup match, Arundell was in disbelief at the final whistle. He refused, however, to look ahead to the knockout stages given England have not mathematically secured a quarter-final berth.

“I can’t believe it to be honest,” said the wing, who revealed that he had only once before scored five tries, for Harrow School Under-16 against Berkhamsted. “Surreal. How the hell did that just happen? But it shows a real team performance. We have lots of depth and we want to score tries.

“The aim [in attack] hasn’t changed much. It’s about the team we’re playing, the circumstances and the conditions. Steve always says ‘find a way to win’. It was pleasing.

“You can’t get too ahead of yourself, though. Focus is on Samoa now, to win the group. The future can be whatever you decide it to be.”

Remarkably, after Arundell’s debut at a World Cup, only five compatriots – Underwood, Will Greenwood, Dan Luger, Chris Ashton and Lewsey – have been more prolific at the tournament.

Farrell’s return from suspension was a satisfactory one. He started at fly-half and moved to inside centre for the final 30 minutes upon the introduction of George Ford from the bench, and kicked eight conversions. Afterwards, Farrell saluted his side’s persistence on what was eventually an “enjoyable” afternoon for England in Lille.

Chile demand more games after 'completely unfair' scoreline in England World Cup defeat
Chile demand more games after 'completely unfair' scoreline in England World Cup defeat

Borthwick’s charges look forward to a fortnight without a fixture, with Samoa finishing their group-stage schedule on October 8. Depending on results next weekend in other Pool C encounters, they could be assured of a place in the last eight before that.

“We settled into it,” Farrell said of the display against Chile. “We went a good few minutes without anything but there was good intent and great attitude throughout.

“We want to keep progressing in everything and be a better team. The work we’re doing and the feeling we’re getting from the group. It was a step forward today. We’ll come back raring to go again after this fortnight.”


England cruise past Chile: As it happened...


07:28 PM BST

Good evening all!

Thanks for following with us.

England’s next and final pool-stage match is against Samoa, two weeks today.

Now, all eyes turn to Paris, and that clash between Ireland and South Africa.

Let’s hope it’s a cracker!


07:20 PM BST

Up next...

There is the small matter for the world’s No 1 ranked team, Ireland, against the reigning world champions, in what could be the clash of the pool stages.

Kick-off is at 8pm BST and our coverage is live here.


07:12 PM BST

ICYMI

Antoine Dupont could return for France as soon as the World Cup quarter-finals after the scrum-half underwent surgery on his facial fracture in Toulouse on Friday.

Read more here.


07:02 PM BST

Player ratings

Senior Rugby Writer, Charlie Morgan, has cast his expert eye over England’s 71-0 victory over Chile in Lille.

You can read his ratings by clicking here.


06:59 PM BST

What's your XV for Samoa?

If we’re saying it will be the first-choice, here’s mine (subject to change, with not loads of time to digest/process).

Steward; Marchant, Lawrence, Farrell (capt), Arundell; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George, Cole, Itoje, Chessum, Lawes, Curry, Vunipola.

Then, the likes of Dan, Martin, Willis and Smith to come on and cause havoc. England need Steward’s solidity and aerial acumen.

Disagree? Let us know in the comments.


06:55 PM BST

Exclusive reaction


06:51 PM BST

Arundell's record

4 - Arundell is the fourth England player to score five tries in a Test match. He joins: Douglas Lambert v France, 1907, Rory Underwood v Fiji, 1989, Josh Lewsey v Uruguay, 2003.

5 - Arundell is the 4th player to score five or more tries in a men’s Rugby World Cup match, after Marc Ellis (six), Chris Latham (five) and Josh Lewsey (five).

The wing was also the official player of the match.

Henry Arundell of England , the MASTERCARD Player of the Match, poses for a photograph with a Trophy after the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Chile at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 23, 2023 in Lille, France.
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06:50 PM BST

Smith speaks to ITV

It was special. Whenever you get an opportunity to pull on the England shirt is special. I’ve got really close to these boys and to be able to run out with my mates was amazing. It was nice to score loads of tries as a team.

We’ve been working hard on [attacking layers] over the past two weeks. We took another step forward today. We’ll enjoy tonight but there are some things to work on ahead of Samoa.

[Playing full-back] is giving me a different perspective of the game. I understand the difficulties and frustrations of the outside backs now! It’s a pleasure to play alongside them.


06:46 PM BST

Arundell scores his record-equalling fifth

England's Henry Arundell scores his fifth try during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between England and Chile at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, outside Lille, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023
Arundell equalled Josh Lewsey's record of scoring five tries in a World Cup match - AP

06:44 PM BST

Farrell speaks to ITV

It was enjoyable. It’s always enjoyable, but to do it in the fashion we did today was good fun.

We settled into it. We went a good few minutes without anything but there was good intent and great attitude throughout.

We want to keep progressing in everything and be a better team. The work we’re doing and the feeling we’re getting from the group... it was a step forward today. We’ll come back raring to go again after this fortnight.

They’re [Smith and Ford] two good players you’re talking about - that always helps. When you get good players on the pitch.

The whole team has had a great attitude to us improving.


06:40 PM BST

Arundell speaks to ITV

I can’t believe it to be honest. Surreal. How the hell did that just happen? But it shows a real team performance. We have lots of depth and we want to score tries.

The aim [in attack] hasn’t changed much. It’s about the team we’re playing, the circumstances and the conditions. Steve always says ‘find a way to win’. It was pleasing.

You can’t get too ahead of yourself, though. Focus is on Samoa now, to win the group. The future can be whatever you decide it to be.


06:36 PM BST

For those who care...

Sir Clive Woodward is happy. As is Lawrence Dallaglio.

“Very, very impressed,” says the former England No 8.


06:34 PM BST

Our columnist speaks


06:32 PM BST

Thoughts?

Let me know in the comments!

Personally thought that was pretty professional for England. With 12 changes, a slightly clunky start was inevitable but there was some decent rugby in there. And, in the end, the scoreline reads 71 points for, zero against - and another triumph for Kevin Sinfield’s defence. England have conceded just one try so far in the tournament.

Ford, Farrell and Lawrence as a midfield combo looked sharp - and there’s a massive call to come at full-back against Samoa after Smith grew into the game. Dan, Martin, Ribbans and Willis impressed up front.


06:29 PM BST

Full-time: ENG 71 CHI 0

Eleven tries all told; five for Arundell.

Job well and truly done.


06:28 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 71 CHI 0

The England captain ends one point behind Jonny Wilkinson’s England points record.


06:28 PM BST

TRY WILLIS: ENG 69 CHI 0

Struggling to keep up now.

Stuart, in midfield, times a perfect pass to Willis on a ruthless line, and the openside rounds off a decent showing with a try under the sticks.


06:26 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 64 CHI 0

Farrell’s tee has had some real use today.


06:25 PM BST

TRY SMITH: ENG 62 CHI 0

Smith breaks again down the right, feeding Youngs inside, before the scrum-half gives it back to his full-back.

Smith is hauled down just short and England recycle, with Martin and Ribbans driving on.

Eventually, Ford buys plenty of time with the ball, double-pumping to send Smith over.


06:23 PM BST

Arundell's fifth


06:22 PM BST

76 mins: ENG 57 CHI 0

A strong defensive set from England back, but Ribbans is penalised for not getting out the 10 in the clearance.

Chile head to the corner, this is their moment to break the duck... but it’s overthrown!

Earl tidies up and Youngs clears.


06:21 PM BST

73 mins: ENG 57 CHI 0

Arundell’s off again here - almost straight from the restart.

England misjudge it but it bounces wickedly forward, into the path of Arundell, and the wing skates up the wing.

Eventually he’s hauled into touch by Saavedra and Chile will throw in.


06:21 PM BST

MISSED CON FARRELL: ENG 57 CHI 0

Another miss from the right from the England captain. That’s where his training needs to be this week.


06:17 PM BST

TRY ARUNDELL: ENG 57 CHI 0

It’s a stroll in the end - and it’s a fifth for Arundell!

Ford links with Lawrence, whose silky tip-on finds Smith in space wide on the right.

Smith canters to within 10 metres and gives a simple pass for Arundell to finish.


06:16 PM BST

68 mins: ENG 52 CHI 0

Vintage Willis following a kick downfield after Farrell, Ford and Malins attacked from deep at the scrum.

England go through the phases. Smith puts Chessum through a half-gap and England are building.


06:14 PM BST

67 mins: ENG 52 CHI 0

They win the line-out but they cannot get that maul firing, with Chessum and Vunipola making a nuisance of themselves.

Scrum England, just in front of their five-metre line, as Vunipola departs for Earl.


06:11 PM BST

66 mins: ENG 52 CHI 0

It ends in tears for Chile, with a shambolic line-out, but Los Cóndores are back on the counter through Ayarza.

Another penalty, too - Marler offside - which is kicked to within five metres.

Can Chile win the line-out?


06:10 PM BST

Arundell's fourth


06:09 PM BST

65 mins: ENG 52 CHI 0

Penalty Chile - against Stuart for collapsing - and Urroz gives his side a line-out inside the English 22.


06:08 PM BST

64 mins: ENG 52 CHI 0

A particularly destructive England scrum (why no penalty?) ends with a particularly dull forward pass from Youngs to Smith.

Chile put in on the English 10-metre line.


06:06 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 52 CHI 0

Farrell does not miss those.


06:05 PM BST

TRY ARUNDELL: ENG 50 CHI 0

It’s four! And it’s another peach which brings the 50 up.

Ford sends Arundell free down the right after a delicate tip from Martin sucks Chile in.

The wing races away, chips over the cover, and finishes dynamically. A beauty.


06:03 PM BST

58 mins: ENG 45 CHI 0

Penalty to England as Escobar takes Ford out off the ball.

Farrell kicks to the corner, Chessum rises high, England get to the tryline but Chile win the holding-on penalty.

Martínez it was.


05:59 PM BST

Arundell's hat-tick


05:59 PM BST

55 mins: ENG 45 CHI 0

Lawrence is penalised for going off his feet at the counter-ruck and Chile kick up to the English 22.

Dittus is back on for Chile; while England have changed their whole front row, with Chessum coming on for Ludlam. Who moves to six, we do not know yet. Could be Chessum; could be Martin.


05:57 PM BST

Dispatch from Lille

And so, with the first batch of England replacements, Steve Borthwick replaces Elliot Daly with George Ford. That will give us a midfield of Ford, Owen Farrell and Ollie Lawrence with Marcus Smith, who is still on, at full-back. Here we go, then...

Listeners to the Telegraph Rugby Podcast will know that I’ve been wanting to see this for some time.


05:56 PM BST

52 mins: ENG 45 CHI 0

England are penalised for not rolling away and Chile go to the corner.

England repel the Chilean maul inside their own 22, with the South Americans going through the phases.

Fernandez tries to locate Game on the cross-kick but Smith claims it authoritatively and clears up field for England.

Chile start again from halfway.


05:54 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 45 CHI 0

Farrell’s finding his rhythm now.

Care and Daly depart for Youngs and Ford.

England have all three of their fly-halves on the field now.


05:52 PM BST

TRY ARUNDELL: ENG 43 CHI 0

Hat-trick from Arundell - and it’s arguably the pick of the bunch!

A deft touch from Sinckler, Farrell puts Wills through a hole, the flanker offloading to Rodd.

Rodd locates Daly who dinks a grubber through, Arundell hacks on, with Chilean cover found wanting, and the wing gathers to score.


05:49 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 38 CHI 0

Not a problem for the England captain.


05:48 PM BST

TRY DAN: ENG 36 CHI 0

That maul was moving so quickly that Dan, with the ball at the back, was struggling to keep up!


05:48 PM BST

YELLOW CARD DITTUS: ENG 31 CHI 0

The Chilean tighthead, moments after conceding a penalty at the scrum, is sin-binned for diving at English legs at the driving line-out maul.


05:46 PM BST

44 mins: ENG 31 CHI 0

Dittus is penalised at the scrum under pressure from Rodd.

England go to the corner.


05:45 PM BST

42 mins: ENG 31 CHI 0

What was I saying about Dan pushing George for the starting spot? He misses his man at the line-out after England win an early maul penalty and then Rodd concedes a free-kick at the ensuing scrum just inside Chile’s half.

Chile scrum again.


05:44 PM BST

Dispatch from Lille

That’s the bonus point and England are beginning to go through the gears, although it is still slightly scrappy at times. That mix-up between Daly and Malins out wide, inexplicable really given that they have played together for so long at Saracens, was typical of their more frantic moments.


05:43 PM BST

Teams are back out

No changes for England - Martinez on for Silva on the flank for Chile and Fernandez will get us under way.


05:42 PM BST

Half-time stats

England dominating, as you might expect, but one interesting nugget.

Eight missed tackles at a hit rate of only 71 per cent.


05:36 PM BST

Just for context...

After 38 minutes last weekend against Samoa, Chile only trailed 12-10, before a try on the stroke of half-time.

I know they’re minnows and I know that England took a few minutes to warm up but I think that was a pretty decent half from England - admittedly, with some errors.

Surely they will accelerate in the second?


05:33 PM BST

Smith's score on the stroke of half-time


05:30 PM BST

Half-time: ENG 31 CHI 0

England took a while to warm up but eventually wrapped up the bonus point by half time.

Tries from Arundell (two), Dan, Rodd and Smith have put England into a commanding position at the break.

The stars? Arundell, naturally, but also Dan cannot be far from ousting George as the starting hooker. Farrell has conducted astutely, too, while Lawrence and Martin have been a handful.


05:28 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 31 CHI 0

A decent nudge from the England captain from wide on the left.


05:27 PM BST

TRY SMITH: ENG 29 CHI 0

Glorious.

Martin intercepts an offload as Chile return the kick - and the English backs transition wonderfully.

Smith hits the line at pace, ghosts through a hole in the defence, grubbers through, collects, and scores in the corner.


05:26 PM BST

Arundell's second


05:25 PM BST

39 mins: ENG 24 CHI 0

Excellent maul defence from England ends with a scrum on their own 22, drawing a mighty celebration from Ribbans.

Swing Low echoes around Lille, too.


05:24 PM BST

38 mins: ENG 24 CHI 0

Some more neat rugby from England - including a superb take from Arundell - is undermined by sloppiness. This time, Daly’s pass to Malins on the switch goes to ground, Willis is caught offside, and Chile have the penalty.

Los Cóndores kick up to the English 22 - and will throw in.


05:22 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 24 CHI 0

Farrell is not missing those.


05:21 PM BST

TRY RODD: ENG 22 CHI 0

That’s the bonus point.

Smith countered intelligently, England recycle and after Martin punched a real hole, Rodd does well to ride two Chilean defenders and score.


05:20 PM BST

33 mins: ENG 17 CHI 0

England are warming up nicely here, but still lacking a bit in the execution department.

Malins with a nifty out-the-back offload to Smith, with Arundell outside him sniffing a hat-trick.

But Farrell can’t locate Malins on the inside, the ball goes to ground, and Chile clear.

But only as far as Smith...


05:18 PM BST

33 mins: ENG 17 CHI 0

Chile are penalised for hands in the ruck at the restart and there’s some chatter to Peyper so the referee marks them back 10.

Farrell clears into the Chile 22 and England will throw in.


05:17 PM BST

MISSED CON FARRELL: ENG 17 CHI 0

Another miss from almost the same spot as the first for the England skipper.


05:17 PM BST

TRY ARUNDELL: ENG 17 CHI 0

England take the penalty quickly, Farrell feeds Dan, and the second try-scorer puts the first in at the corner.

Chile switch off; England pounce.


05:16 PM BST

30 mins: ENG 12 CHI 0

Malins puts Smith through a hole first phase but the full-back cuts back in, ignoring Arundell out wide.

Still, with penalty advantage, England recycle - both Martin and Sinckler surge, and Ribbans takes England to within a metre.

Chile do well to repel the attack but we’re back for a penalty under the sticks.


05:14 PM BST

28 mins: ENG 12 CHI 0

The spiral bomb from Smith - and Game makes a hash of it.

England will put in on the Chilean 10-metre line.


05:13 PM BST

28 mins: ENG 12 CHI 0

Malins and Lawrence combine on the scissors, with the centre making good ground.

Lawrence knocks on on the ground, though, compounding the error by handling the ball.

Penalty Chile - and they miss touch again!


05:11 PM BST

England's first try


05:10 PM BST

CON FARRELL: ENG 12 CHI 0

No mistake that time from the England captain.


05:10 PM BST

TRY DAN: ENG 10 CHI 0

Dan threw in and Dan finished at the back of the maul - an excellent one, to be frank.

A first Test try for the hooker, too.


05:09 PM BST

24 mins: ENG 5 CHI 0

England put the bomb up, Urroz spills and Game plays the ball in front of him.

Penalty England and they kick to the corner...


05:07 PM BST

MISSED CON FARRELL: ENG 5 CHI 0

It was a real tough one for the England captain, on the wrong touchline, but he has high standards and will want to be getting those.


05:06 PM BST

TRY ARUNDELL: ENG 5 CHI 0

There it is; pretty simple in the end.

A solid scrum, Vunipola picks, Farrell wraps to the right and flings a lovely mis-pass off his left hand for Arundell to finish unopposed in the corner.


05:05 PM BST

20 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

England are held up over the line, but we’re back for a penalty for offside.

And England choose to scrum.

There was good work in that attack from Vunipola, Dan and Ludlam. Lawrence was taken out in the air by Garafulic as he jumped for the pass but Peyper waved it away as a “rugby incident”.


05:04 PM BST

19 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Chile overthrow and England are off!

Daly counters from his own 22, breaking up to halfway and kicking on.

Malins chases, Game covers, put he can’t help but run the ball into touch.

In a flash, England throw in inside the Chilean 22.


05:03 PM BST

18 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

50:22 for Chile!

Martin carries like a train and is only just felled, but Daly’s ensuing pass to Sinckler in the midfield is a shocker.

Garafulic picks up and hits a pinpoint 50:22 - Chile throw in!


05:01 PM BST

16 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Dan makes a half-break in midfield - good line - and tries an offload to Care. It was on, but the ball does not stick.

Chile attempt the counter but Daly absolutely marmelises Saavedra in midfield so we go back for the scrum from the Care knock-on.


05:00 PM BST

14 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Are England a bit... rattled?

Vunipola carries into the Chilean 22 first phase, Willis follows suit and England are on the front foot.

But Chile scramble brilliantly and win the breakdown penalty.

A missed touch, though - and England counter!


04:58 PM BST

12 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

More delightful stuff from Chile, with Urroz floating a beauty of a pass out to Game, who leaves Malins in his wake.

The forwards handle daintily at high tempo, but England win a holding-on penalty and kick to the corner.


04:57 PM BST

10 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Chile show us what they’re made of!

Malins is stripped by Garafulic and there’s an almost-length-of-the-field attack, featuring gorgeous offloads from Sígren and Fernandez, but it ends with a Farrell strip and England clear.

Arundell counters but his pass inside is a poor one, intercepted by Chile, and they clear.


04:54 PM BST

8 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Hmm. A decent maul ends in a heap, so the backs get a go.

Farrell fizzes out wide to Smith, who goose-steps before firing a sloppy pass to Malins who cannot collect.

Chile survive - and clear from the line-out.


04:52 PM BST

8 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Penalty to England at the scrum.

Back to the corner they go.


04:52 PM BST

Dispatch from Lille

For a second game running, England are playing at a stadium with vast blocks of empty seats. Chile’s support is already making a fair bit of noise and their anthem was everything you expect from a South American team. Every time you think it is about to end, it just changes note. First time I have heard it and I think it is a strong podium contender in the World Cup of anthems.


04:51 PM BST

6 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

England go wide after Lawrence punches a hole up the midfield.

But Marcus Smith, what are you doing? It’s a neat kick in behind, that Game is forced to carry over, but the pass to Arundell was on - he’d have strolled in!

Still, we restart with an England five-metre scrum.


04:50 PM BST

4 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Free-kick to England after Chile bite early at the scrum. England scrum again.

Early intent and ambition from England, as Chile attempt to spoil the attempts to go wide but end up conceding three penalties in the same attack.

Arundell jinks, Care snipes - felled by a cracking Dittus tackle - but we’re back for the scrum pen.

To the corner!


04:47 PM BST

2 mins: ENG 0 CHI 0

Bright start from England, with Daly probing on the counter and Care linking well with Sinckler.

Chile try to spoil but, in doing so, knock-on.

First scrum, inside the Chile half, wide on the left. Barely a blindside to speak of.


04:45 PM BST

Kick-off!

Owen Farrell gets us under way.

A reminder of the teams!

England: Marcus Smith; Henry Arundell, Elliot Daly, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins; Owen Farrell (captain), Danny Care; Bevan Rodd, Theo Dan, Kyle Sinckler; David Ribbans, George Martin; Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Jack Walker, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Ollie Chessum, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Joe Marchant.

Chile: Francisco Urroz; Cristobal Game, Domingo Saavedra, Matias Garafulic, Franco Velarde; Rodrigo Fernandez, Benjamin Videla; Salvador Lues, Augusto Bohme, Matias Dittus; Clemente Saavedra, Javier Eissmann; Martín Sigren (captain), Ignacio Silva, Alfonso Escobar.
Replacements: Tomas Dussaillant, Vittorio Lastra, Inaki Gurruchaga, Pablo Huete, Thomas Orchard, Raimundo Martínez, Lukas Carvallo, Inaki Ayarza.


04:44 PM BST

Anthems are done

It sounds like there are plenty of Chileans in the house in Lille.

Kick-off is next!


04:41 PM BST

The teams are out

And here come the anthems!


04:37 PM BST

Anyone else fed up with Edith Piaf yet?

I certainly am.


04:30 PM BST

Dispatch from Lille

England are going through their last team run-through and Owen Farrell has just levelled Freddie Steward, who is running on the wing for the opposing side. Steward got up immediately, but that was a very heavy tackle. He’s clearly pumped up. Collectively, England have looked pretty sharp.


04:20 PM BST

Chile

Being honest, they have struggled so far.

However, in that first half against Samoa last weekend, Los Cóndores did cause the Pacific Islanders some problems.

Keep an eye on captain Martin Sígren on the back row, while Matias Dittus was a real handful on the tighthead. Bevan Rodd, the England loosehead, will have to be on his mettle!


04:14 PM BST

Today's referee

South African Jaco Peyper, who took charge of the opener between France and New Zealand.

The breakdown - especially with Jack Willis starting - could be, let’s say, interesting...


04:10 PM BST

Today's result

What do you reckon? A landslide like France against Namibia, or unexpectedly close like Les Bleus against Uruguay?

Does anyone think that England won’t get the try bonus point?

Let me know in the comments!


04:07 PM BST

More innovation to come from England?


04:07 PM BST

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04:03 PM BST

Bad news

The game hasn’t even kicked off yet and England have two players in the sin bin. Come on, lads, with the way the cards have gone for you over the past two months, let’s not tempt fate, yeah? Get onto that pitch.

Theo Dan (L) and Ben Earl take a sit at pitchside
Theo Dan (L) and Ben Earl take a sit at pitchside - GETTY IMAGES

03:59 PM BST

Arrival and coin toss in Lille

Owen Farrell and Ollie Lawrence arrive
Owen Farrell and Ollie Lawrence arrive at Stade Pierre Mauroy - GETTY IMAGES
Steve Borthwick, Head Coach of England, looks on prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Chile at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 23, 2023 in Lille, France.
Is that a hint of a smile from head coach Steve Borthwick? - GETTY IMAGES
Marcus Smith of England inspects the pitch prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Chile at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 23, 2023 in Lille, France
Marcus Smith begins his warm-up - GETTY IMAGES
Captains Martin Sigren of Chile and Owen Farrell of England join Referee Jaco Peyper at The Asahi Coin Toss prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Chile at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 23, 2023 in Lille,
If anyone can spot the coin, let me know in the comments - GETTY IMAGES

03:52 PM BST

Get ahead of the game with the Christmas gifts?


03:40 PM BST

Team news

Twelve changes for England and, as mentioned, the most notable of those is the return of captain Owen Farrell at fly-half. Second-most notable is Marcus Smith starting at 15, while Jack Willis gets his first start of the tournament.

England: Marcus Smith; Henry Arundell, Elliot Daly, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins; Owen Farrell (captain), Danny Care; Bevan Rodd, Theo Dan, Kyle Sinckler; David Ribbans, George Martin; Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Jack Walker, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Ollie Chessum, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Joe Marchant.

Nine changes to Palo Lemoine’s starting XV from Chile’s 43-10 loss to Samoa, with only Matias Dittus, Clemente Saavedra, Rodrigo Fernandez, Matias Garafulic, Domingo Saavedra and captain Martín Sigren retaining their places.

Chile: Francisco Urroz; Cristobal Game, Domingo Saavedra, Matias Garafulic, Franco Velarde; Rodrigo Fernandez, Benjamin Videla; Salvador Lues, Augusto Bohme, Matias Dittus; Clemente Saavedra, Javier Eissmann; Martín Sigren (captain), Ignacio Silva, Alfonso Escobar.
Replacements: Tomas Dussaillant, Vittorio Lastra, Inaki Gurruchaga, Pablo Huete, Thomas Orchard, Raimundo Martínez, Lukas Carvallo, Inaki Ayarza.


03:33 PM BST

Time for England to click into gear

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of England’s third pool match at this year’s Rugby World Cup, against Chile in Lille.

This will be a walk in the park for England, won’t it? Won’t it!? Especially with captain Owen Farrell back in the fly-half after his ban for a dangerous tackle in the warm-ups? Given  Samoa and Japan have both comfortably dispatched Chile already in Pool D, with Los Cóndores the lowest-ranked team at this tournament.

That does not mean they should be taken lightly by England, however, who have picked a strong side while resting some key personnel. Naturally, anything but a convincing, bonus-point win over the South Americans today will be seen as a step backwards for Steve Borthwick’s side - after a fairly positive start to the tournament - ahead of the Samoan challenge in a fortnight’s time.

Kevin Sinfield, Borthwick’s defence coach, was hailing the return of Farrell on Friday, with his leadership credentials a cornerstone of this squad.

“[He’s] just a wonderful leader,” Sinfield said. “Speaks volumes that he’s had a massive impact on the group without playing the game. He’s been running the opposition team in training for us. To have him back is great.”

Martin Sígren, the Chilean captain and one of their standouts, warned England of the challenge of a team which will be full of fight.

“It is a huge challenge,” Sígren said. “There are very few opportunities one has to face a team with as much history as England and on a Rugby World Cup stage.

“We want to take advantage of it and enjoy it to the fullest.

“I think they are going to look to exhaust us emotionally and see if we give up, which will make it easier for them. That is what we want to fight and it is the most important challenge. We have to be in the fight and battle during the 80 minutes regardless of the score.”

All the team news, with confirmed line-ups, is next!

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