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5 Things We Learned: England 26-23 Argentina – Rugby World Cup Bronze Medal Match

3. Tom Curry Ends Tiresome Week With Milestone Appearance and ‘Under-Curry’ Reunion Shines

Tom Curry of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Tom Curry was unable to leave the spotlight in the build up to this match, as the alleged racist remarks made towards him by South African prop Bongi Mbonambi dominated the headlines. World Rugby’s decision was that the accusations had insufficient evidence to warrant any further action, with the Sale Shark ready to turn the attention to his milestone England cap.

Curry did just that, and led out England for his 50th test match at just 24-years-old. The back-rower was shifted to the blindside flank following the international retirement of Courtney Lawes. Curry started off the match strong, with a first minute turnover halting the Pumas in their tracks. It was great to see the fabled ‘Under-Curry’ partnership back in full force, with late Rugby World Cup addition Sam Underhill running out for an epic contribution on the England open-side flank.

Sam Underhill of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Underhill made a staggering 24 carries and two turnovers, in a stellar performance following his return to the England squad. Underhill joined up with Borthwick’s side following an untimely injury to Jack Willis, with the Bronze Medal battle marking Underhill’s first England game since the 2022 Summer Tour to Australia. The duo matched up well against the monstrous Kremer, and both ended the match battered and bruised.

4. Henry Arundell Vanishes Upon Return to England Side

Henry Arundell of England during the Summer Nations Series Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 12 Aug 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

There was plenty of excitement ahead of this bronze medal match, as Steve Borthwick named a side which had a clear look to the future amongst the sentimental send-offs. One such name was Henry Arundell, who was selected to start on the left wing, however the former London Irish man had a slow day at the Stade de France. Arundell did not make too many mistakes, because he simply was not utilised by the England side.

His name was rarely mentioned, with England fans left questioning why Arundell did not come in off his touch-line, as he had done so well for the Exiles throughout the 2022/23 Premiership season. Arundell has previously been criticised for his defensive work, and against Argentina he ran out a sound performance, but did not grab the headlines. One mistake did see Arundell turn his back Juan Cruz Mallia, with the fullback able to slip by him in the build-up to Cubelli’s first half try.

Henry Arundell of England during the England World Cup Squad Announcement at Twickenham Stadium, London on Monday 7th August 2023 (Photo: George Beck/PPAUK)

Following the financial collapse of London Irish, Arundell will remain in Paris as he has agreed a deal with Racing 92. However, the circumstances regarding his move allow him to remain eligible for future England appearances, with his unmistakable talents expected to return to Twickenham before too long. Arundell would likely have to sign for a Premiership club for the 2024/25 season, with a bidding war likely to ensue for the talented speedster.