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Cup draw gives Pumas added incentive for England match

Eddie Jones insists Argentina's assault on England at Twickenham will be inspired by their determination to avoid the World Cup's group of death.

The exhausted Pumas face lifting themselves a final time in a year that has seen them complete over 50 long-haul flights due to their Rugby Championship commitments and Jaguares team's involvement in Super Rugby.

Today's outcome could have far-reaching repercussions, with Argentina ninth in the global rankings with the potential to climb as high as fifth should they win, thereby placing them among the second seeds when the draw for Japan 2019 is made in Kyoto on May 10. Defeat at Twickenham, however, could lead to the type of brutal World Cup pool which resulted in England's demise last autumn.

"The draw is a massive source of motivation for Argentina. If you get into a pool with tier one countries, then one team is going to miss out on the next stage," England's coach (above) said.

"Because of that we know that at Twickenham they 'll come full of beans and ready to play."

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