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Rugby World Cup 2023 England schedule, team and route to final

England maintained their perfect start to the 2023 Rugby World Cup with an ugly but ultimately decisive victory over Japan in Nice.

Steve Borthwick’s side were unimpressive in the first half, but rallied well in the second half to eventually score four tries and secure a valuable bonus point.

With only Chile and Samoa remaining to play in Pool D, victory against Japan means England already have one foot in the quarter-finals.

Who is in the English group?

Pool D

What is England’s next match?

England’s next match is against Chile in Lille on Saturday September 23.

What is the latest news from the England team?

Tom Curry remains unavailable for England’s next group match against Chile after receiving a two-match ban for his dangerous tackle against Argentina.

England captain Owen Farrell will once again be available for selection, having served the final stage of his four-match suspension following World Rugby’s successful appeal against his downgraded red card for a high tackle on Taine Basham.

Full England Pool D fixtures

All matches on ITV1 unless otherwise noted


What is England’s path to the final?

Based on current world rankings, England and Argentina should progress from Pool D. But ignore the much-improved Samoa at your peril.

If England place among the top two teams in Pool D, they will likely face Australia, Wales or Fiji from Pool C in the quarter-finals. So far everything is beatable.

Indeed, only if they reach the semi-finals will England have to face a team in the top five of the current world rankings. And in a knockout match, it’s everyone’s game. Next step, the final!

For the full World Cup schedule, click here.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup on television?

ITV has exclusive broadcast rights in the UK, with the vast majority on ITV1. You can read our guide to the top 12 experts and commentators working on the tournament.

Radio commentary for each match will be available only on the BBC, on Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there will be a “bespoke release” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In the United States, the tournament is broadcast on NBC Sports. In South Africa, television coverage is on SuperSport.


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