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PODCAST – England prepare for Pumas while Monye and Wade start season in style

08 September 2011

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  • We hear from Rowntree and Stevens in New Zealand
Graham Rowntree watches over the England pack

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The waiting is over as England prepare to face Argentina in their opening pool match at the Rugby World Cup.

This week's RFU Podcast comes from New Zealand, where we talk to England's scrum guru Graham Rowntree and prop Matt Stevens about the physical challenge facing the side when they kick-off the tournament in Dunedin on Saturday morning (9.30 BST).

For the full interviews download the September 1, 2011 podcast by right clicking on the link and selecting 'save as'. Or subscribe via iTunes by pasting the following url into the subscribe page

Saracens prop Stevens - a veteran of England's 2007 campaign - also takes us inside the camp to give us an insight to how the squad relaxes during their down-time at a major tournament.

London Wasps wing Christian Wade celebrates his try at Twickenham

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Back home we catch up with the start of the Aviva Premiership season with Ugo Monye - a try-scorer in Harlequins' opening day win over London Irish - and rising star Christian Wade, who took his red-hot Junior World Championship form into London Wasps' victory against champions Saracens.

But as the clock ticks towards England's first World Cup outing the focus is firmly on Saturday's big game as Rowntree assesses the power of the Pumas.

"They're always a handful and a very physical outfit," he told the RFU Podcast. "I don't think they'll ever change. That's what we're here for: blood, sweat and tears."