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Friday, August 21, 2009

Nations Cup: England go for big sign-off

England will certainly not be resting on their laurels tomorrow. After some fairly experimental line-ups against France and South Africa, its more or less back to the "1st XV" for the final game against Canada tomorrow (10pm kick-off, our time - note change of time!) - pretty much the same side that began against the USA and also played the final two games in the Six Nations. This is as near as damn it the best team England can currently field.

Canada will be desparately trying to salvage something from a tournament that, for them, has been a nightmare. The entire event was designed around the assumption (perfectly reasonable two weeks ago) that both sides would enter this game unbeaten - that this would be the "final" decider (indeed in some tournament previews that is exactly what this game was called). As it is - at best - a Canadian win might sneak them into second place, but, frankly, that isn't going to happen. We have had a few surprises in this tournament, but especially given what has gone before, anything other than convincing England win would justify widespread doping allegations!

Canadian failures have turned the other game from a gentle warm-up into effectively the Main Event. USA - without any wins since 2006 prior to this week - have now recorded back-to-back wins and confidence could hardly be higher. And they are up against a resurgant France, a team that plumbed whole new depths against South Africa, then held England back for at least 20 minutes, before a famous win over Canada. Here we have two rockets shooting skywards, but on a collision course. Only one will survive. Which one? We will see starting at 8pm tomorrow.

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