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The key issues Borthwick must resolve as England face World Cup challenge

Here, Nick Purewal looks at what will be crowding Steve Borthwick’s mind.

Complete the coaching set-up and get straight down to work

Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters will arrive from Leicester at the end of the Premiership season. Wigglesworth will handle the attack, unless Nick Evans is retained. A scrum and forwards specialist is also required, with Richard Cockerill heading to Montpellier.

Finalise pre-World Cup plans

Several elements of Eddie Jones’s World Cup preparatory logistics have had to be reshaped. Borthwick can drill down into the detail of the set-up for their four warm-up matches in the summer and the training camps that will start in June.

Work to do: Steve Borthwick has plenty to address after an underwhelming Six Nations for England

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Whip players into shape

England’s fitness proved a major concern at the top of the Six Nations, and England have high hopes for the impact conditioning specialist Walters will make. He will have to pull off those gains in double-quick time, however.

Sharpen England’s attacking edge

England’s attack has been blunt, and they failed to make a single line break during Saturday’s defeat. Borthwick insists this is the element that takes the longest to bring together.

Anyone of a Red Rose persuasion would settle for a thrilling, fluent attacking game in France as the pay-off for a miserable Six Nations campaign. England simply have to produce more wit, ingenuity and imagination.