England star complains about ‘bar of soap’, new kit banned against Ireland

Rugby World Cup: Borthwick on England's win over Japan

The Rugby World Cup is in full flow in France, with England well on their way to reaching the knockout stages following wins over Argentina and Japan. Steve Borthwick’s men went into the tournament with their fair share of detractors but have overcome potential banana skins to storm to the top of Pool D.

England are the overwhelming favourites to finish top of Pool D ahead of their final two matches against Chile and Samoa respectively. And the 2003 champions could face Wales or Australia in the last eight.

Former England head coach Eddie Jones is now in charge of the Wallabies following a seven-year stint with the Red & Whites. But his team have come under fire in France and suffered a surprise 22-15 defeat to Fiji on Sunday.

Meanwhile. France have cruised to the top of Pool A after defeating New Zealand in their opening match and backing that up with victory over Uruguay. And in Pool B, Ireland and South Africa are the two teams vying to finish at the top of the table.

There will be plenty of news throughout the day, so follow Express Sport’s live Rugby World Cup updates below…

Ford complains about ball

England have come under fire for their persistent kicking during their opening two games at the Rugby World Cup. But fly-half George Ford has defended his team and says the ball has been difficult to handle because of the moist conditions.

“You’ve got to understand how difficult it is out there,” Ford explained. “It may not look it from the stands or on TV, but it’s actually more difficult than if it was throwing it down – because of the grease and the sweat on the ball. For the first two games, it’s been like a bar of soap that ball at times.”

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The Rugby World Cup is in full flow and England, Ireland and Wales have all stormed to the top of their respective pools. We’ll have plenty of updates throughout the day, so stick around for all the latest news.

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