Defiant England boss Andy Robinson is confident he can put his ailing world champions back on track despite another season of hopeless under-achievement in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
Rugby Football Union chiefs plan to complete a review of England's Six Nations performances in the next few weeks amid calls from outside Twickenham for changes to Robinson's coaching support staff.
Robinson looks likely to continue as planned in the hotseat for England's 2007 World Cup defence, but there is widespread agreement that his team cannot afford another demoralising display against Ireland on Saturday like the one they produced during a French farce in Paris last weekend.
Robinson has predictably wielded the axe and dropped six World Cup winners for the Ireland clash.
With Sale Sharks fly-half Charlie Hodgson sidelined by a hamstring injury and prop Matt Stevens moving from loose head to tight head, Robinson's eight changes represent the most radical surgery carried out by an England coach in the championship for 20 years.
Former England boss Martin Green made eight chances following a 33-6 drubbing against Scotland in 1986.
Reputations have also counted for nothing in Robin-son's book with full-back Josh Lewsey, centre Mike Tindall, scrum-half Matt Dawson, hooker Steve Thompson, prop Julian White and lock Danny Grewcock - who boast more than 300 Test caps between them - all demoted.
All bar Lewsey are relegated to the replacements' bench, while there are starts for Tom Voyce in the No 15
shirt, Wasps centre Stuart Abbott, Leicester scrum-half Harry Ellis, Sale prop Andrew Sheridan, Bath hooker Lee Mears and Wasps lock Simon Shaw.
Leicester points machine Andy Goode takes over from the stricken Hodgson, and will make his first Six Nations start, along with Abbott and Mears.
Newcastle fly-half Dave Walder, meanwhile, has been drafted on to the bench as cover for Goode.
There has been an outcry since England's demise at Stade de France, and Robinson accepts criticism is fully justified following such a miserable performance.
"There are a lot of upset and distraught people in the squad, as are the public, and rightly so," said Robinson.
"This England team is moving forward - it has taken a couple of backward steps - but it is something we will be able to sort out, and making these changes is right to give players an opportunity.
"When you lose a couple of games, you expect the flak to happen. It is human nature, and it occurs.
"It has strengthened my resolve, and I have total belief in myself and what we are trying to achieve with England. We've lost a couple of games, and questions have been asked," he added.
"I did not expect that result. I am just disappointed for the players because after the Italy game and going into the Scotland match, I really believed we could achieve something big this season.
"The one thing I do is look in the mirror and look at myself first, and all the play-ers and management are the same. That is why I think they are quality people."