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Dylan Hartley and England aim to finish the job as Argentina seek revenge

The England captain feels the tour is out of the spotlight but Eddie Jones is blooding players who could well have a big part to play in the future

At this point in the rugby cycle teams from all over the world have a rare chance to work on their strength in depth but also to brandish it. This weekend the World Rugby Under-20 Championship reaches its climax in Georgia, while the best of British and Irish lock horns with the Maori, broadly analogous to a New Zealand second or third team. Next weekend the Lions take on the All Blacks themselves.

Meanwhile, on a third continent, what is left of England, with 30 of their best players unavailable, are wound up in a special bubble preparing to clinch a two-Test series against Argentina, who will be there again in two years’ time when the pool stages of the World Cup get under way. Having blooded 10 new caps in a remarkable 38-34 win last Saturday in San Juan, the convoy moves directly east across the country to Santa Fe.

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