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George Ford kicked 11 points and created a try for Nathan Hughes as England began their autumn campaign with victory over Argentina.

Leicester Tigers fly-half Ford started alongside Ben Youngs at half-back at Twickenham on Saturday, while Dan Cole won his 75th cap and Ellis Genge came off the bench for his fourth.

Ford kicked three penalties and a conversion in England’s 21-8 win. And it was his long pass that found Hughes on the right wing for the No8 to thunder over at the corner for the first try after 23 minutes.

He was also involved in the build up to the second try, which saw Semesa Rokoduguni cross for his third international try with 14 minutes left.

Afa Pakalani, meanwhile, was on scoresheet for Tonga but could not prevent them going down 27-24 to the Barbarians at Thomond Park.

Tigers full-back Pakalani and Tevita Taufu'i  both crossed to give Tonga a 14-0 lead before Taqele Naiyaravoro replied for the Baa Baas.

George Bridge scored a second for the Barbarians, and with Robert du Preez kicking a penalty and a conversion, they held a 15-14 lead.

Tonga regained the lead in the second half through Sione Vailanu’s try but scores from Jordi Murphy (Ireland) and Simone Favaro (Italy) gave the Barbarians victory, despite Valianu's late score.