2. Mak­ing the set-piece a trump card

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The set-piece is ad­van­tage Eng­land, no doubt about it, and they have got to make it pay. The scrum may not have been at its most ef­fec­tive re­cently but this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for them to get an edge and to get mo­men­tum. And if they man­age to do that it opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties else­where.

Fiji can scrum but they are not a scrum­mag­ing side in the way that France or South Africa are.

The same is true of the line-out. Ge­off Par­ling has been brought back in as the line-out or­gan­iser. That is his func­tion, his prime re­spon­si­bil­ity. That is what he of­fers, so it has to be spot on. Get quick ball off the top from there and away Eng­land go.

Or they might choose to drive and maul. We have not seen much of the Eng­land maul. Per­haps they have been keep­ing it back on pur­pose.

Tonight is the night to put it all out there.

Line-out or­gan­iser: Ge­off Par­ling has a key role in Eng­land’s World Cup plan

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