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#RWC2015: England has injury woes, Scotland troubled by Japan hype

England are anxious to see if Joseph, their most dangerous player this year, will be fit to play Wales.

England players celebrate as they beat Fiji in the Rugby World Cup on 18 September 2015. Picture: Supplied

LONDON - No balls were kicked on Tuesday but the tension ratcheted up with England sweating on a injury to key centre Jonathan Joseph and Scotland trying to keep focus on their opening match against Japan, the team surfing the Rugby World Cup wave.

Hosts England face an anxious wait to see if Joseph, probably their most dangerous player this year, will be fit for their grudge match against Pool A rivals Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, after backs coach Andy Farrell told reporters he is struggling with a chest injury.

While it is only England's first potential casualty unlucky Wales picked up seven injuries during their 54-9 win over Uruguay on Sunday it threatens to unsettle their midfield yet again.

Rugby league convert Sam Burgess and 22-year old Henry Slade, who have just four caps between them, provide the cover with Farrell's son Owen, normally a flyhalf, also a potential to step in.

Both England and Wales will be keeping a close eye on the game between Australia and Fiji on Wednesday, two other teams in their group, but it is Scotland's match against the Brave Blossoms that is likely to draw the most interest.

Before the tournament this looked like it would be a fairly routine victory for the Scots. Then Japan shocked twice-winners South Africa in their opening match on Saturday and leap-frogged Scotland in the world rankings.

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