England get off to a sluggish start in New Zealand with a narrow 13-9 win over Argentina. After they trail throughout the game, only a late try from Ben Youngs saves England's blushes. Jonny Wilkinson converts just two of his seven kicks in a poor performance all round.
Martin Johnson defends the decision to allow his players to go bungee jumping, following criticism that extreme sports should not be on a World Cup agenda. A number of players throw themselves off the 134m Ben Nevis drop, with Johnson explaining that "they're all big boys".
The IRB hands lock Courtney Lawes a two-game suspension following a late tackle with his knee on Argentina's Mario Ledesma. The suspension is viewed as a lenient sanction, as the 22-year-old could have received up to 12 weeks for the challenge.
England lose arguably their most important front-row forward in Andrew Sheridan after the 31-year-old succumbs to a recurring shoulder injury. It is a bitter blow for England, whose replacements will be tested strongly up front in their remaining group games.
More bad press as Mike Tindall, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton among others get particularly sozzled on a night out that involves "dwarf-racing" at the Altitude Bar in Queenstown. Captain Tindall is also caught on CCTV cavorting with a former partner.
England make hard work of Georgia with a 41-10 win over the minnows. Only a late flurry of tries secures the bonus point, with England's game littered with indiscipline at the breakdown – giving 11 penalties away in the first-half alone.
England finally find some ruthlessness with a dominant 67-3 victory over Romania. Both wingers, Chris Ashton and Mark Cueto, score hat-tricks but doubts remain about the team's indisclipline after they concede 12 penalites in a match they dominate.
The Rugby Football Union suspend assistant coach Dave Alred and fitness coach Paul Stridgeon from England's forthcoming game against Scotland after the pair are found to have illegally changed balls prior to Jonny Wilkinson's place kicks during the game against Romania.
With England needing to avoid defeat by eight points or more against Scotland, they head into half-time 3-9 down, with Wilkinson again looking out of sorts. As in the Argentina game, a late try saves the day – the 16-12 win sends England through and Scotland out.
James Haskell, Ashton and Dylan Hartley take centre-stage in the media storm engulfing the England camp after reports surface they had made unpleasant comments to Annabel Newton, a hotel worker. All three are reprimanded by Johnson who is talking less and less about rugby.
Delon Armitage is banned for England's quarter-final against France following a "dangerous high tackle" made on Scotland's Chris Paterson two days previous. Again a lucky escape for England, as the tribunal halves the 27-year-old's potential ban after he pleads guilty.
Manu Tuilagi is fined £4,800 for wearing a sponsored gumshield, in breach of the IRB's guidelines. His brother Alesana , playing for Samoa, had previously been fined for the same offence, raising questions over whether the brothers deliberately broke the rules.
France blitz England in the first half of the quarter-final with 16 unanswered points. Indiscipline, basic handling errors and key turnovers mean that, despite a late spirited comeback, England crash out 12-19, prompting the RFU to begin a process of reviewing Johnson's position.Reuse content