England will look to not only make it two wins from two at the World Cup when they take on Georgia on Sunday, but also put in a confident performance that will get the ball rolling on their so far stuttering campaign.
Unfortunately all the talk has been regarding boozy Mike Tindall and the now infamous dwarf throwing night out, and the side will be looking to put all these unwanted headlines behind them as they face Georgia.
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Martin Johnson was on the verge of tearing his hair out before Ben Youngs introduced some pace to England’s attack and scored the try that helped them scrape past Argentina on Saturday, and he will hope that his men can wipe the slate clean and start to build some momentum, beginning with the game against Georgia.
England will be without two key players after the fallout from the Argentina game continued to claim victims.
Andrew Sheridan’s tournament was ended after he suffered a recurrence of the shoulder injury that ruined his 6 Nations earlier this year, with the giant Sale prop returning home this week to start the rehabilitation process once more. Alex Corbisiero is likely to be the man to benefit from his absence, although there will be some concern in the England camp about throwing the New Zealand-born youngster who only made his debut against Italy in the 6 Nations in at the deep end.
Courtney Lawes will also miss out after being hit with a two game suspension having been cited for a knee on Argentinian forward Mario Ledesma, meaning Tom Palmer may be given a chance to reprise his role in the 6 Nations alongside Lewis Deacon in the second row.
Georgia meanwhile got their campaign off to a limp start as their much-feared pack failed to fire against Scotland, allowing Andy Robinson’s men to coast to victory. Their chances of qualification could be over if they lose to England, so The Lelos will likely go all out to claim a surprise victory.
The two sides have only met once before, during England’s successful 2003 World Cup campaign. Clive Woodward’s side ran in 12 tries that day with Martin Johnson as captain, and the former Leicester Tigers man will be hoping for a similar result this time around.