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International Round-Up: W/E 08 September

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Seven Tigers were involved in the opening round of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, including five taking part in England's tournament opener against Argentina.

Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole and Freddie Steward all started the game for England, with George Martin replacing his club mate Chessum after 50 minutes.

Julián Montoya faced off with his Tigers teammates in Marseilles, featuring for more than 70 minutes in the Los Pumas front-row. 

It was a whirlwind opening to the match with the first ten minutes including a red card for England, yellow for Argentina and long-range penalty from the Argentine's to lead by three.

However, on the 10-minute mark, former Tiger George Ford levelled the scores with a penalty-goal of his own and then didn't look back to finish with a personal haul of 27 points in the 27-10 win.

Elsewhere, Jasper Wiese started in the back-row for South Africa in their 18-3 victory over Scotland and Tommy Reffell came off the bench in the tight tussle between Wales and Fiji.

Wiese played an hour for the Springboks and was at his brutal best for the Springboks in their 15-point victory, while Reffell came on with thirty minutes left to help shore up the Welsh side's defence and help secure a six-point, 32-26, win.