England go into their final Pool D games, against Samoa, knowing they have already secure their place in the knockout round at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday (4:45pm BST).
England have achieved perfection so far, winning all three of their games in Pool D and ensuring their place in the quarter-final with a game to spare.
It hasn’t quite been the same for Samoa, who have flattered to deceive and are on the brink of elimination.
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England to finish with a flourish
Victories over Argentina, Japan and Chile have renewed hope that England could progress to the latter stage of this competition, something that not many people would’ve been too confident saying prior to the tournament starting.
Defence has been key for the side, with Steve Borthwick’s men conceding less points than any other nation so far. This was helped by the shoutout against Chile, where England won 71-0, but it’s been impressive, nonetheless.
Samoa have struggled so far, with their win over Chile being their only highlight. Narrow losses to Argentina, and Japan, have all but sealed their elimination and England will be looking for another convincing win to end their Pool D campaign.
England vs Samoa team news
The final group game for both of these sides sees strong lineups from both coaches.
England: Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Alex Mitchell, George Ford, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Joe Marchant, Freddie Steward
Replacements: Theo Dan, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, George Martin, Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, Marcus Smith, Ollie Lawrence
Samoa: Jordan Lay, Sama Malolo, Michael Alaalatoa, Sam Slade, Brian Alainu’u’ese, Theo McFarland, Fritz Lee, Steven Luatua, Jonathan Taumateine, Lima Sopoaga, Neria Fomai, Danny Toala, Tumua Manu, Nigel Ah-Wong, Duncan Paia’aua
Replacements: Seilala Lam, James Lay, Paul Alo-Emile, Sootala Fa’aso’o, Alamanda Motuga, Melani Matavao, Christian Leali’ifano, Miracle Faiilagi
Replacements: Vano Karkadze, Nika Abuladze, Irakli Aptsiauri, Vladimer Chachanidze, Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Gela Aprasidze, Tedo Abzhandadze, Demur Tapladze