Joe Worsley will relaunch his Test career on Saturday - and the Wasps flanker admits he has never known such anger and frustration in an England camp.
Worsley, back for a first Twickenham start since last season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship loss to Ireland, is among seven changes of personnel following the demoralising defeat against Argentina last weekend.
If Saturday’s opponents South Africa emulate the Pumas and leave their calling card all over Twickenham, then under-fire head coach Andy Robinson will have officially overseen the worst England team in international rugby history.
An eighth successive reversal would condemn the reigning world champions to an all-time low - both statistically and psychologically - but Worsley, capped 51 times, has been brought back to do a job, and he does not intend letting Robinson or his team-mates down.
"There is an undertone of anger and frustration, more so than ever, in the camp," said World Cup winner Worsley.
"I am glad it is only a week, and not months, until the next game, so we can try to make up for it this week and you don’t have to wait months with things stewing around in your head through the frustration of it all.
"The anger is pretty introspective.
"People look at themselves and ask how can I put this right? You want to win and play well for your country, the supporters, the coaches and your family, but at the end of the day it is us on the pitch."
Anger was an emotion high on Worsley’s agenda after he was omitted from the England starting line-up against Australia in Sydney this summer.
Never one afraid to speak his mind, he promptly informed the travelling press corps exactly what he thought about the decision, but then further frustration followed this season as injuries restricted him to starting just six of Wasps’ 11 games.
A towering display against Guinness Premiership opponents Bath last Sunday though, convinced Robinson and England forwards coach John Wells that Worsley was exactly the figure they needed, especially in defence, to stop South Africa’s traditionally physical route-one approach.
Worsley added: "Some sportsmen, when they are not involved in teams, don’t wish you badly or don’t wish you well, but I have not ever been one of those.
"I have a lot of friends in this team, and I was always confident that when I got fit and played well that I could get back in it.
"This time was slightly different from the summer because I have been injured. Yes, you care about not being picked, but you care about your fitness more than anything else.
"When you are not fit, it is a nightmare being a sportsman. You can’t run, you can’t do what you what you were born to do, and that is when it gets painful, so I have just been concerned with getting that right.
"Defence has always been my strong point, so I can hopefully bring something to that side of the game. Attack-wise, I would hope to get some ball-carrying done, break the gain-line and make some hard yards.
"But those things are all dependant on the team. No individual is going to come in and make a miraculous difference, it is all about the team and the team moving forward, playing well together."
England will reappear at Twickenham on Saturday just a week after 74,000 fans booed them off amid unprecedented scenes of hostility.
And Worsley offers a pragmatic approach as England desperately target a return to winning ways.
"Like anyone, when I am watching a game as a supporter I get very emotional. The Argentina game was disappointing, but the good thing is we’ve got another game this week," he said.
"What we have got to address first is the basics of rugby, which is what won us the 2003 World Cup. It’s about having a good set-piece, a good defence and good kicking game and not making many mistakes.
"If we get that right and then get the attacking side of things right eventually, then we will be in a good position in 10 games (leading to the 2007 World Cup).
"When we won in 2003, it was about not making mistakes that cost you field position and cost you points."
And as for Worsley’s ambitions? "You look at the next game," he added.
"But in the back of your mind there is a burning ambition about the World Cup. It was so much fun last time, and you want to repeat that."