england's surprising selections for world cup opener: alex mitchell, dan cole, and tom curry

In a surprising move, England has announced their starting lineup for the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Argentina. Scrum-half Alex Mitchell has been given the nod, while experienced prop Dan Cole has also been included in the starting XV. Additionally, Tom Curry makes his return from injury.

Mitchell’s inclusion as the starting scrum-half comes as a shock to many, as he is relatively inexperienced compared to other options. However, the coaching staff seems to have faith in his abilities and believe he can make a positive impact on the game.

Cole’s selection as the starting prop is another unexpected decision. Despite his vast experience, there were doubts about his fitness and form leading up to the tournament. However, it appears that he has impressed the coaches enough to earn a spot in the starting lineup.

Tom Curry’s return from injury is a welcome boost for England. The flanker had been sidelined with a shoulder injury but has now recovered in time for the World Cup opener. His presence will undoubtedly strengthen England’s forward pack and provide them with additional options in the back row.

The rest of the starting XV consists of familiar faces, with Owen Farrell captaining the side from fly-half and George Ford partnering him at inside center. Elliot Daly, Jonny May, and Anthony Watson form the back three, while Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade make up the midfield.

In the forwards, the front row is completed by hooker Jamie George and loosehead prop Joe Marler. Maro Itoje and George Kruis form the second row partnership, while Curry is joined by Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola in the back row.

England will be hoping for a strong start to their World Cup campaign against Argentina, and this unexpected lineup could provide the spark they need. With Mitchell, Cole, and Curry all looking to make an impact, it will be interesting to see how they perform on the big stage.

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