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Rugby Union: world cup ROUND-UP - Not a hammer blow says Corry.

ENGLAND: Martin Corry has declared England's record World Cup defeat against South Africa must not be a "a terminal hammer blow" for the struggling champions.

England head coach Brian Ashton yesterday predictably reacted to the 36-0 thumping by changing more than half his starting line-up for Saturday's critical Pool A appointment with Samoa.

Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, centres Olly Barkley and Mathew Tait, wing Mark Cueto, scrum-half Andy Gomarsall, hooker George Chuter and flanker Joe Worsley have all been called up for a tournament-saving mission in Nantes.

And skipper Corry has also underlined the importance of a heart-to-heart players' meeting barely 24 hours after England's shambolic defeat at Stade de France.

He said: "It was a necessary meeting. You can imagine the anger and hurt we were feeling, especially given how well we had trained all week.

"It was an open forumwhen people expressed their views, which is much better than a whispering campaign." Kirwan's change
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2007
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