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Farrell and Slade Rested

Exeter’s Henry Slade will start at inside centre for England against Argentina on Saturday, with Lions duo Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje rested.

Slade starts alongside Jonathan Joseph in the midfield, while George Kruis partners Courtney Lawes at lock. Elliot Daly has recovered from a knee injury to start on the wing.

Sam Underhill, 21, is at seven while Exeter’s Sam Simmonds is line to make his debut after replacing the injured Tom Curry among the replacements.
Owen Farrell
Sale flanker Curry, 19, dislocated his wrist in training and has been ruled out for 12 weeks.

Jones described Saturday’s match as “our most important game this year”.

He had long hinted he would rest some of his British and Irish Lions this autumn, but while Farrell and Itoje are left out, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Lawes, Kruis, Daly, Joseph and Anthony Watson all start against the Pumas.

With Farrell not involved, Slade has ousted Saracens’ Alex Lozowski to start at 12. Ben Youngs and George Ford resume their half-back combination, while Watson and Mike Brown complete the back three.

Jones explained that Slade’s performances on the tour of Argentina earlier this year – in which he started both Test victories- had earned him a starting slot.

England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (capt), Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, Sam Underhill, Nathan Hughes

Replacements: Jamie George, Ellis Genge, Harry Williams, Joe Launchbury, Sam Simmonds, Danny Care, Alex Lozowski, Semesa Rokoduguni

Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet; Ramiro Moyano, Matias Moroni, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Emiliano Boffelli; Juan Martin Hernandez, Martin Landajo; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevy (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lezana

Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Enrique Pieretto, Banjamin Macome, Leonardo Senatore, Gonzalo Bertranou, Nicolas Sanchez, Sebastian Cancellere