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Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje left out of England squad for opening autumn Test against Argentina

Owen Farrell won't feature against Argentina

Thursday, November 9, 2017

England have rested Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje for Saturday's autumn series opener against Argentina at Twickenham.

Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones had indicated he would stand down some of his British and Irish Lions due to their involvement in the summer tour to New Zealand and he has chosen to omit Farrell and Itoje from the matchday 23.

Henry Slade replaces Farrell at inside centre, holding off the challenge of Alex Lozowski who is named on the bench, and it is George Kruis and Courtney Lawes who are paired in the second row.

The openside duel has been won by Sam Underhill with his fellow rookie Tom Curry named among the replacements.

"This is our best 23 selected in what is our most important game this year," Jones said.

"We know that Argentina is a strong team – they were World Cup semi-finalists in 2015 – and we will have to be smart and play well to beat them."

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