The Wallabies may have the chance to dump England out of the World Cup at the pool stage and consign Stuart Lancaster’s men to the history books as the tournament’s worst-ever performing hosts.
“It’s a shame Liam (Williams) took the knock, but he has been supporting me this week”, said the Bristol Rugby outside half.
At the moment, it’s hard to say whether there have been more injuries during this World Cup, as we’d have to wait until it had finished to find out.
Fiji head coach John McKee said: ” For us, we have to concentrate on what we need to do in the game, our game-plan and our execution.
“This is everything to me and the other players”. We do not want to repeat, repeat that.
“I’m not nervous, but it reminds me of a similar feeling after the second Test for the Lions against Australia when we had a big opportunity to win the series that was missed”.
“A couple of calls went against us but Fiji had a couple of tough calls against England as well so hopefully tomorrow will be a fair contest”.
“Losing Nemani is a massive loss for us”, Qera said.
Catt, a member of the England squad that won the 2003 World Cup by beating Australia in the final in Sydney, was well aware of the threat posed behind the Wallaby scrum by the likes of half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley, centre Matt Giteau and dynamic full-back Israel Folau.
“Gatland is definitely not right“.
“Our World Cup has just come a little bit earlier, hasn’t it? That is wrong”, said Parling. The dwarf throwing, the Mike Tindall photos, the ferry leap by Manu Tuilagi, and the tabloid frenzy all led the RFU to the door of Lancaster, who was given a brief to clean up the image of the game in England.
“If we can nullify their ability to get over the ball it will change the way they have to play as well”.
The versatile Bath star is likely to be back on the bench as an impact sub at Twickenham on Saturday night, with Jonathan Joseph back into the centres alongside Brad Barritt.
Number eight Ben Morgan is also fit to replace Billy Vunipola, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.
England captain Chris Robshaw opted not to attempt a late penalty that could have secured a draw against Wales.
For all their positive talk this week it is unimaginable that, behind closed doors, England’s coaches concluded that last week’s selections worked. “They are a very physical team and have shown their strengths in terms of the set piece”, McBryde added.
“I don’t know whether four- or five-day turnarounds in a World Cup are too short”.
“I was thinking “kick the goal”, but then I had a left-footed kicker (Wilkinson)!”
“I’ve not seen Will around training, he’s not been around while I have been in so I’m not sure how much inside knowledge he has”, Burgess said. But, even though the players are determined, the motivation will not come as naturally and the adrenaline will not flow as freely as it had done against England.