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Key duo doubtful for All Blacks clashKey duo doubtful for All Blacks clash

Moody and Wilkinson in race to be fit for England

Posted Oct 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Jonny Wilkinson

England’s opening Autumn Test match against New Zealand is just over a week away on November 6th, and the host nation could be missing a few key players for the trip of the best team in the world.
The All Blacks were in devastating form throughout the Tri-Nations, winning the competition for a tenth time, and with fly-half Dan Carter returning to fitness, England will need all their star turns to be fit.
But they could be without record points scorer, Jonny Wilkinson, whilst captain Lewis Moody remains a doubt although he could return for club said Bath on Sunday.
Moody, who has been told he may never see perfectly again after damaging his retina in his left against Gloucester, is a talisman for his country and his energy and ability will be needed if England are to get anything from the match.
Wilkinson, on the other hand, damaged his shoulder playing for Toulon at the weekend and is likely to be out of the Test and Sale’s Charlie Hodgson has been drafted in as cover.
England managed Martin Johnson told the BBC: “He (Wilkinson) is receiving rehab. He will be assessed day-to-day and we will have a better idea towards the end of the week where he is.”
If England are missing this key duo then it will be interesting to see how the get on against a side many tip to win the World Cup next year on their home soil.
The All Blacks have always been a dominant force in Rugby Union and none more so than now as they seem to steamroller every team that’s put in front of them.
I expect the game at Twickenham to be a close match but I can’t see how England can win it. They are still working and developing towards next year’s World Cup whilst the All Blacks just need to tweak a few things ahead of that competition.
November 6th will be an interesting day for rugby fans and I hope the English prove me wrong and put in a stunning performance. Here’s to wishing hey?!

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