England v Samoa, Rugby World Cup 2023: when is it and how to watch on TV

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How to watch on TV

ITV have exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. We will update you with specific channels for each match at the tournament once they are announced by the broadcaster.

Radio commentary will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there will be a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Amazon Prime will broadcast England’s first three World Cup warm-up games.

What is the recent history between the teams?

England and Samoa have played each other on eight occasions with England maintaining a 100 per cent record having won every match. 

What are England’s pool other matches?

  • Saturday, Sept 9 – England v Argentina, Stade Vélodrome, 8pm
  • Sunday, Sept 17 – England v Japan, Stade de Nice, 8pm
  • Saturday, Sept 23 – England v Chile, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm

Who is in the England squad?

Steve Borthwick’s World Cup ambitions could be badly dented with two key players facing sanctions that may rule them out of the opening weeks of the tournament. 

Both Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola are staring at suspensions after being sent off in England’s warm-up Tests. 

England’s No 8 goes before an independent hearing on 22 August over a dangerous tackle on prop Andrew Porter against Ireland

Any potential sanction would leave England to sweat over the fate of their only true number eight named in their 33-man squad for the tournament which begins on September 8. 

Fly-half Farrell received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Wales loose forward Taine Basham, which was later upgraded to a red card during the match on review. 

The injured Jack van Poortvliet has been ruled out of the 33-man squad selected earlier in August. Van Poortvliet has been replaced by Alex Mitchell. 

You can read Will Greenwood’s verdict on the 33 men who have been selected

Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Theo Dan, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, George Martin, David Ribbans, Bevan Rodd, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Billy Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.

Backs: Henry Arundell, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Alex Mitchell, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.

What is the latest news on Samoa?

Chris Bui and Michael Alaalatoa have been included in a 32-man squad and named as co-captains for the tournament, with one player still to be confirmed. 

Coach Seilala Mapuusa named three former New Zealand internationals – fly-half  Lima Sopoaga, flanker Steven Luatua and prop Charlie Faumuina – while fly-half Christian Leali’ifano represented Australia at the 2019 World Cup.

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