December 7, 2013
Argentina to face England in first big rugby World Cup clash
The fortunes of two sides rebuilding for the future will get their first true test in the rugby World Cup's first major clash tomorrow when Argentina and England square off at Dunedin's new indoor stadium.
Previous World Cup winners England, who are being tipped already as one of the teams to beat at the next World Cup in 2015 if the core of their young squad remains together, will unveil fullback Delon Armitage on the wing against a Pumas side that confounded expectations at the 2007 World Cup.
While Argentina have been shorn of several of their grizzled veterans from the team that finished third in France, they should still push Martin Johnson's side as they begin the battle for top spot in Pool B.
Fellow Pool B sides Scotland and Romania will clash in the early match in Invercargill, with the Scots naming veteran Chris Paterson at fullback making him the first Scottish player to appear at four World Cups.
Pacific islanders Fiji will face Namibia in Rotorua while France play Japan at North Harbour in the other matches tomorrow.