Rugby World Cup: Godzilla destroyed England’s Tokyo hotel twice – and they’ll have to make a monster effort to reach the Japan 2019 final – The Sun
GODZILLA has destroyed England's 47-floor Tokyo hotel twice.
In the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla, the monster ripped through the Keio Plaza Hotel and he was at it again in 1991's Godzilla vs King Ghidorah.
It is that kind of onslaught that Eddie Jones' England will face on the pitch if they are to win the most unique World Cup ever.
Tremor-inducing tackles from Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola are nothing compared to the possibilities of natural disasters off it, as the tournament comes to Asia and a tier-two nation for the first time.
For Jones, a man in charge of the richest team in the world, finishing anything but champions will be a failure.
The same can be said for his players who pocket £25,000 a game and are set to profit from a £7million bonus-kitty if they do what the class of 2003 did Down Under.
England are paid like movie stars and have to produce the Hollywood finish after the disaster of 2015.
This is the golden generation and former RFU suit and England fly-half Rob Andrew claimed four years ago the side would be better prepared to win the ultimate prize in 2019.
Captain Owen Farrell has won it all at club level and, at 27, he is coming to the peak of his powers.
With a Saracens spine of Farrell, Maro Itoje, Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis and Elliot Daly, England have the best from the best club side to exist.
Injuries to any of those, though, and England start to look a much weaker team.
They need Big Billy fit all the way to the final as the world-class No 8 sets them apart from anyone else.
England have done their most thorough build-up too.
Assistant coach Steve Borthwick and Jones have spent hours poring over training schedules, moves and plays.
Navigating their way out of one of the four pools to fight for a place in the final at Yokohama's International Stadium on November 2 will also be easier than working out why on earth the Japanese eat some of the bonkers things they do.
The legendary delicacy of the deadly Fugu, the poisonous blowfish that can kill you if not prepared by a specially trained chef, seems delightful when you consider the locals also chow down on vinegared cod semen.
For the avoidance of death by pufferfish, England and Wales have both brought their own chefs as part of their humongous backroom team of more than 30 members of staff.
The eventual winner should come from rugby's big six of New Zealand, England, South Africa, Wales, Ireland and Australia.
France, Argentina and Fiji will be happy to go under the radar.
They will be written-off before a ball has been kicked between the hosts and Russia in Tokyo tomorrow.
The Brave Blossoms will look to skittle sorry Scotland and qualify for the knockout stage.
But there is no hope for Six Nations whipping-boys Italy in Pool B, alongside the combined five-time winners from eight tournaments the All Blacks and Springboks.
England's Pool C Group of Death is set up perfectly for Jones.
First up, Tonga on Sunday at the Sapporo Dome where Three Lions hero David Beckham hammered home a penalty to beat the Argies at the 2002 Fifa World Cup.
The South Pacific Islanders will target Big Billy, son of their '95 and '99 tournament skipper Fe'ao, as well as Samoan-born Manu Tuilagi.
Then on to Kobe for USA four days later at another indoor stadium.
England should make it two wins from two ahead of the big clashes against the Pumas and Les Bleus.
Beat the big boys and it is a likely quarter-final in Oita against Warren Gatland's mob from over the Bridge, or the Wallabies who, like France, could be a calamity or quality.
Wales battle Georgia first up at the Toyota Stadium on Monday.
That will be a sluggers match between the winners of the Six Nations Grand Slam and the secondclass Rugby Europe International Championships.
But the Wallabies clash in Tokyo on September 29, followed by Fiji, poses a tricky middle for the Dragons who could need to win both to qualify, before a free-hit against Uruguay.
Sleepy Oita's beer stocks on the island of Kyushu are quivering in their kegs with the thought that the thirsty Brits and the Aussies could be on their way.
Shortages of rugby's official booze have already been suffered in test events in Tokyo.
World Rugby chief Brett Gosper has made promises that the pumps will not run dry — if they do, find him in Tokyo and stick one on his tab behind the bar.
But locals here think the champagne is on ice for the All Blacks.
A record hat-trick of Webb Ellis Cups for boss Steve Hansen would be an incredible way to sign off.
However, the golden pot is also the holy grail that bitter rivals Jones and Gatland crave most on their CVs.
Success or failure, this World Cup should be a thriller — just like those Godzilla films.
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