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Marcus Smith will make his first start at full-back for England, while Owen Farrell will return as captain at fly-half.

Borthwick made just two forced changes in the second group match against Japan but, after six days of waiting, he replaced 12 players for his team to face Chile.

Farrell returns without having played for England since being sent off against Wales in a World Cup warm-up match on August 12, while stand-in skipper Courtney Lawes is rested after first-round victories against Argentina and Japan.

Scrum coach Tom Harrison has confirmed the team is in good health after full-back Freddie Steward recovered from a setback against Japan.

He is replaced by Smith, who has been deployed as a full-back from the bench in recent weeks but has never started in that position either at international level or for club Harlequins.

As revealed by Telegraph Sport, George Ford, who scored 41 points in the first two matches, falls to the bench, with coaches hoping to retake the Ford-Farrell axis 10-12 in the second half, possibly with a third half d ‘opening. Smith staying behind.

On Thursday, Farrell praised Smith for how quickly the 24-year-old point guard transitioned into his new role. “His ability to open up games and his athleticism allowing him to beat people, get around people and use his feet the way he does probably lends itself to that as well. I can’t speak highly enough of Marcus,” Farrell said.

“He impresses everyone every day in training. He impresses everyone in every aspect of his game. He has the ability to open games, which he always has, and he has the ability to control games. Doing the right thing at the right time, but also unlocking a game by creating something from nothing. Not many people can go from that in club rugby or even European rugby to that on the international stage.

Who is the referee?

South African Jaco Peyper will take care of this one. Peyper is one of only two referees remaining from the 2019 round of 16, when he took charge of Wales’ one-point victory over France in the quarter-finals.


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