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Rugby World Cup: England chasing locations, not factors, towards Chile


Owen Farrell kicking a ball during England's training session at Stade Pierre Mauroy
England captain Owen Farrell will earn his first minutes on the Rugby World Cup after serving out a ban for a purple card
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille Date: Saturday, 23 September Kick-off: 16:45 BST
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It takes a giant man to take a seat Danny Grewcock on the seat of his shorts.

Pablo Lemoine was, and is, a giant man.

Again in 2003, weighing simply shy of 20st, the Uruguayan prop took a cross, revved the diesel engine, dipped his shoulder and ploughed by Grewcock and over the England line.

It was Uruguay’s solely attempt in a 111-13 pool-stage defeat by that Rugby World Cup’s eventual winners. It stays England’s greatest win on the event.

Twenty years on, Lemoine is Chile’s head coach as they put together to play England in Lille on Saturday.

“It’s important to take pleasure in it, as a result of it’s absolutely a very powerful sport in Chile’s historical past,” Lemoine mentioned on Thursday.

It could be extra pleasurable than that first assembly with England.

This England would not have the identical energy in depth or certainty as 20 years in the past.

Again then Clive Woodward got here into the event with settled partnerships virtually carved into the teamsheet: Dawson-Wilkinson, Tindall-Greenwood, Johnson-Kay.

His group for the 2003 Uruguay sport, which contained not one of the above, was sturdy, however undoubtedly second string.

Steve Borthwick does not have the identical luxurious. He’s nonetheless shuffling the pack and backs on the fly. His hope is that, with out the time to steadily form his group since taking the job in January, he’ll hit on a mixture by sudden alchemy as an alternative.

Chile, the weakest group in Pool D, is an opportunity to check a spread of choices.

Owen Farrell is a kind of within the combine. The England captain has spent matchdays within the stands to date on the Rugby World Cup, serving out the second half of a four-match ban.

Regardless of being picked at fly-half, Farrell’s likeliest route again into Borthwick’s first-choice XV nonetheless seems to be to persuade the coach that his game-reading capacity and bar-raising requirements trump the ability and tempo of Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant’s midfield partnership.

Borthwick does not sound like he’ll want a lot convincing. In Thursday’s press convention, the coach interjected after Farrell answered a simple query in regards to the view from the costly seats.

“If I’ll, can I leap in there?” Borthwick started.

“I’ve had the chance to work with Owen beforehand and have come again now just a few years later.

“The talent and affect he has over others is unimaginable.

“I see the way in which he has harnessed the senior leaders inside this group, the way in which he has helped the youthful gamers they usually look as much as him. He’s a mentor and a fantastic voice for myself and the teaching group. I believe it’s an unimaginable talent.”

After South Africa’s positional wildcards to date within the event – taking part in 4 scrum-halves towards Romania, carrying just one specialist hooker within the squad, choosing seven forwards on the bench towards Eire – Borthwick has performed a joker of his personal.

With 144 begins at fly-half for Harlequins and England, and 0 in every other place, Marcus Smith has been deployed at 15.

The 24-year-old has added some razzle-dazzle in star turns off the bench, however shining amid damaged subject and damaged our bodies is one factor, taking up the obligations from the beginning is one other.

Chile will want solely a cursory take a look at England to notice that Smith, at 5ft 9in, will not personal the air like 6ft 5in Freddie Steward.

England are playing that their opponents shall be too preoccupied in defence to use that apparent vulnerability.

Ollie Lawrence and Elliot Daly in midfield and Henry Arundell and Max Malins on the wings is an attractive mixture of pace and silken play-making expertise.

Billy Vunipola will attempt to dominate the gain-line and earn the possibility to take action towards superior opposition.

And, after the sweat and salt of the Cote d’Azur, Lille’s cooler, drier circumstances erase one excuse for England’s poor dealing with of their first two video games.

However these hoping for a scoreline to rival the 98-point profitable margin from Lemoine’s taking part in days shall be upset.

Chile are a unique group. And this can be a completely different period.

As Uruguay and Portugal have proven, this event’s minnows are sturdy sufficient to carry again landslides.

Again in 2003, lower than a decade after professionalism, the hole between the perfect, newly flush with information and time, in addition to money, and the remaining stretched to a chasm.

Pablo Lemoine
Lemoine additionally coached his native Uruguay in a 60-3 defeat by England on the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Whereas Lamoine was taking part in his membership rugby at Parisian powerhouse Stade Francais, most of his team-mates have been throw-back amateurs, turning out for various country-club groups from Montevideo’s posh suburbs.

His Chile group now are knowledgeable, unified outfit. Thirty of their 33-man squad play for a similar group – Selknam, the nation’s Santiago-based representatives in South America’s continental membership competitors.

Individually most of Chile’s gamers might not have the standard to earn contracts in Europe, however they flip that right into a collective energy, exploiting the togetherness and cohesion extra affluent nations lack.

“Crucial factor we’ve got is that we battle for each ball, our sacrifice, our solidarity with one another, be collectively as one,” mentioned assistant coach Ricardo Cortes earlier than the event.

“That’s all crucial with a purpose to put collectively a fantastic group. Video games will not be received by people, however by groups.”

Chile haven’t received a sport but. They will not win this one. However, the respect they’ve earned in battling defeats by Argentina and Japan does not present on the scoreboard.

Factors will not be the prize for England both. Locations, for the harder Assessments to come back, are.

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