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Coles to make England debut against Argentina

Alex Coles will make his senior England debut against Argentina on Sunday, as the 23-year-old is named at lock in Eddie Jones’ matchday squad, while fellow Northampton Saints lock David Ribbans is named on the bench.

After a first-ever inclusion in an England training squad, lock Coles – who repviously represented England Under-20s – earns his first cap in the opening round of the Autumn Nations Series when the Red Rose welcome the Pumas to Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (6 November, kick-off: 2.15pm). 

Coles is the only uncapped name in Jones’ starting XV, while 109-time Saint Ribbans is also set to earn his first cap from amongst the replacements. 

Head coach Jones said: “It’s been a really good week of preparation and I’ve been very pleased with the squad’s attitude.

“We’re looking forward to a great game of rugby at a full Twickenham Stadium against a very good Argentina side.  It’s been a tough time for rugby lately and we hope that these autumn games show just what a special game it is.”

England team to face Argentina

Sunday 6 November, 2022
2022 Autumn Nations Series
Twickenham Stadium
Kick-off: 2.15pm
Live on Amazon Prime

15 Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps)
14 Jack Nowell (VC) (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (C) (Saracens, 97 caps)
11 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 13 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 117 caps)

1 Ellis Genge (VC) (Bristol Bears, 39 caps)
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 52 caps)
4 Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
5 Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 15 caps)
6 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 58 caps)
7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 64 caps)

Replacements:
16 Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps)
18 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
19 David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
20 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 14 caps)
21 Jack Willis (unattached, 4 caps) 
22 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 48 caps)

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