Clive Woodward and his coaching staff are now planning to draft Paul Sampson, the Wasps wing, into the squad. Leon Lloyd of Leicester and Bath's Adedayo Adebayo are also under consideration, and whoever gets the nod is likely to play at Newlands.
The other walking wounded are all on crutches. Jonny Wilkinson is unlikely to recover his fitness in time for the Test, Richard Pool-Jones is definitely out, and Tony Windo, the Gloucester prop, has left for home after tearing an abductor muscle and twanging a hamstring during scrummaging practice. "I can't sit down, so they're flying me first class in the hope that I'll have enough space to lie flat," he said. "Some people will do anything for an upgrade."
It is possible that Garath Archer will beat his ankle problems in time for the final tour match. The Newcastle lock has been struggling since Thursday and missed the 40-10 defeat by the All Blacks at Eden Park, but Woodward was hopeful of a quick response to treatment.Reuse content