England v Chile LIVE: Rugby World Cup result and final score as Henry Arundell stars with five tries

England secured a third Rugby World Cup victory in a row with a dominant win over Chile

Lawrence Ostlere
Saturday 23 September 2023 18:58 BST
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Winger Henry Arundell scored five tries as England tore up the safety-first playbook from their first two matches at the Rugby World Cup in a crushing 71-0 defeat of Chile on Saturday to hand coach Steve Borthwick a selection quandary.

England, who made 12 changes from the starting lineup against Japan, scored 11 unanswered tries, including the five for 20-year-old winger Arundell, equalling an England record, albeit against the lowest ranked team in the tournament who are playing at their first World Cup.

The changes included captain Owen Farrell returning from suspension but arguably it was another flyhalf, Marcus Smith, starting for the first time at fullback, who stole the limelight, with flashes of the spontaneous touches England have missed in past matches. Capping his efforts was his kick-through and impressive acceleration to touch down in the first half.

Chile also came wanting to play an open game but after a see-saw first 20 minutes they were largely on the back foot, with a malfunctioning line-out.

The victory means England have taken a decisive stride towards the quarter-finals. They top Pool D on 14 points after three victories and can only be denied a knockout berth if they lose to Samoa and results conspire to produce a three-way tie, when points difference would be decisive.

Follow all of the reaction here live from Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Plus get the latest Rugby World Cup odds here and tips on England vs Chile here.


England 5-0 Chile

From our reporter Harry Latham-Coyle in Lille:

A score that England needed, you’d say. They’d been just trying to overplay a bit in the first 20 minutes, almost expecting the tries to come against against the World Cup debutants and guilty of inaccuracy when the chances presented themselves.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 17:09

Try! England 5-0 Chile (Arundell)

22 min: Finally the breakthrough comes! From the central scrum, Care shifts the ball right where Smith passes to Arundell waiting on the wing, who has the simple task of tapping down in the corner. Farrell can’t quite convert from the touchline, dragging his kick across the posts, but England can breathe a sigh of relief – they are off the mark.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 17:07

England 0-0 Chile

18 min: England’s forwards pile over the line but Chile once again defend their line superbly well, keeping the ball up. They’ve done really well to near a quarter of the match without a point conceded.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 17:05

England 0-0 Chile

14 min: Great stuff by Chile, who dig in inside their own 22 and get their reward for some dogged defending as they pounce on a loose ball at the ruck and earn a penalty... which is wasted with a kick that falls short of touch. England come again, but Danny Care knocks on.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 17:00

England 0-0 Chile

From our man on the ground in Lille, Harry Latham-Coyle:

An encouraging start from England in attack, getting into some lovely shapes and varying their play nicely, but Marcus Smith will be slightly disappointed to have not converted two opportunities to put his wings into space. His kick for Henry Arundell was cute but you wonder if he could have given the pass earlier, and his toss to Max Malins was just slightly too far in front of the Bristol-bound back three man.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:58

England 0-0 Chile

10 min: A first sustained attack by Chile, and it’s a good one, working through phases, offloading down the blindside and almost threatening England’s tryline before a loose pass ends the move. England go straight on the attack at the other end.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:57

England 0-0 Chile

7 min: The scurm turns into a lineout, and from there England work the ball all the way across the pitch, where Marcus Smith could just run in a try for himself but decides to play the final pass to Max Malins waiting on the wing, and the pass is too high. A waste.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:54

England 0-0 Chile

6 min: Marcus Smith is furious with himself after trying to set up Arundell for a simple touch down with a grubber kick that he didn’t quite get right. Chile tap down over their own line and it will be a five-metre scrum for England...

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:52

England 0-0 Chile

4 min: England run a few phases in midfield with a penalty advantage in their back pocket, which they eventually call upon after knocking on. Danny Care almost escaped through the middle with a typical dart but a Chile player grabbed his shirt just in time. Penalty to England nonetheless.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:50

England 0-0 Chile

2 min: An early knock-on by a Chilean player trying to cut out an English pass, and Danny Care will have the put-in at the scrum around the halfway line.

Lawrence Ostlere23 September 2023 16:47

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