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Ben Youngs, Courtney Lawes, Jonny May and Joe Marler bowed out of international rugby as England finished third in the 2023 Rugby World Cup with a narrow 26-23 victory over Argentina.

Youngs started at No. 9 for England in their final match of the tournament, having had to wait for his chance to appear from the beginning with Alex Mitchell Steve Borthwick’s first choice in France.

“I’m delighted the boys got the result,” Youngs said after the match. “That was hard-fought, you know.”

“The game’s given me so much. I’ve got huge friendships and bonds, not just in this England team and people I’ve played against for years.”

“Rugby is a special sport, you’ve got this bond and friendship, and I’ve got a bucketload of memories that will last long beyond my career. It’s given me a huge amount and I’m very, very grateful.”

Lawes is another big name to bow out of international rugby, and he also made his final appearance in England white on Friday.

“[We need to improve our] cohesion; it’s the biggest thing for us,” Lawes said. “We’ve not spent a lot of time as a full coaching staff and full squad, so we’ve had five months to get where we have done, and we’ve got a bit more time to build hopefully, but we’ve got to take a step forward every time we get on that field.”

“It’s a changing of the guard; the end of an era for a lot of us. Ben Youngs and Jonny May are the other official ones, but there may be a couple more. Unbelievable servants to the sport and England, and it was my privilege to play with a lot of these players.”

“It’s back to the [club] grind, baby, I’ve got to get back on it.”

England will now use the Rugby World Cup as a positive propeller to build momentum ahead of the upcoming Six Nations in February.

Youngs, Lawes, May and Marler bow out of international rugby as England finish third

“Building momentum into the Six Nations is something we spoke about during the week,” hooker Theo Dan said.

“Obviously, we’re incredibly disappointed and we’re still heartbroken about what happened last weekend. The performance we put out was one that we can really be proud of and one that we said that we didn’t want to be a one-off. We want to build momentum and we want to be a new England team; one that doesn’t go away and grinds out results every week, and today was a step forward into achieving that.”

Bath flanker Sam Underhill was named player of the match for England against Argentina.

“It’s a bit surreal,” Underhill said. “It’s been a great few weeks, I’ve loved being a part of this group for however long a period of time that is.

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