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Ford to captain England against USA

Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford will captain England in their second Rugby World Cup fixture, against USA in Kobe on Thursday.

Ford's Tigers team-mate Dan Cole has been named to start in the front-row alongside Luke Cowan-Dickie and Joe Marler.

Cole will make his 91st appearance for England in the Pool C fixture, seeing him join Jonny Wilkinson as the third most capped men's player of all-time for England.

Ellis Genge and Ben Youngs have been included among the replacements.

If used off the bench, Youngs will join Cole on 91 appearances for England.

England starting XV: 15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 34 caps), 14 Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, 1 cap), 13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 43 caps), 12 Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 8 caps), 11 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 8 caps), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 60 caps) C, 9 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 5 caps); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 63 caps), 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 16 caps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 90 caps), 4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 61 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 36 caps), 6 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 14 caps), 7 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 3 caps), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 46 caps)

Replacements: 16 Jack Singleton (Saracens, 2 cap), 17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps), 18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 26 caps), 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 76 caps), 20 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/ Sale Sharks, 15 caps); 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 90 caps), 22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 74 caps), 23 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 37 caps)