England take on Argentina this weekend as they get their 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign underway.
The build-up has been far from easy for Martin Johnson’s men who have already been dealt two injury blows.
Captain Lewis Moody and winger Mark Cueto are both set to miss the clash with Argentina meaning that Johnson is going to shuffle his pack for Saturday’s match.
World Cup Rugby is all about the entire squad performing though, so the players that do pull on the England jersey this weekend need to make sure they are on top form.
England need to continue the pattern of turning on the style when it matters too. With two Rugby World Cup finals in a row and a Six Nations victory earlier this year, this is an England team with decent pedigree.
The progression under Johnson has been positive of late and although they may not be one of the favourites for success in New Zealand, they are a more than capable team with some dangerous players.
So are Argentina though, so it won’t be easy for England. The Pumas reached the semi-finals at the 2007 World Cup and although this might be difficult to beat, it showed that they can compete with the best.
Felipe Contepomi is their key man and he will ensure that England are kept busy on Saturday morning. They may not be the side they were in 2007, but Johnson will know that his team cannot be complacent.
In 2007, Argentina defeated France in their World Cup opener and they would love to replicate this type of victory against England.
As for the team news for Johnson’s men, it has already been mentioned that Moody and Cueto will miss out. This means that Delon Armitage and Richard Wigglesworth will start.
The action gets underway at 9.30am on Saturday morning.