World Cup oblivion awaits if England lose for a second time in a fiercely competitive Pool A to become the first host nation to exit the tournament at the group stage, a fate made possible by the 28-25 loss to Wales.
The fly in the ointment from a Japanese perspective is that not only are Borthwick and Jones both moving on, momentum could be lost if the country’s proposed new Super Rugby franchise fails to get off the ground as planned in 2016.
Still rueing missed chances against Italy, Canada has little time to regroup ahead of what could be a long night Thursday against seventh-ranked France at the Rugby World Cup. “The guys are looking forward and they will be ready”.
Saracen’s Chris Wyles, the United States’ most capped fullback, adds plenty of experience to the US team while Samu Manoa, who can play at number eight or lock, is considered among Europe’s finest forwards and is now signed to Toulon in France.