CHESTER face one of their toughest tasks of the season tomorrow - and that's before they kick-off at West Park St Helens who are defending an unbeaten home record.
The big worry for director of rugby Terry Allen is how to keep the players focused on the North One game after watching England in the Rugby World Cup final against Australia in the morning.
The Hare Lane clubhouse will be packed for the 9am kick-off in Sydney and, win or lose, the Englishmen in the squad will be emotional.
'In any other country the club games would have been postponed,' said Allen, who predicted an England win over New Zealand in the final before the tournament began.
'Hopefully, England will win but, whatever happens, emotions are going to be all over the place. This is a massive game for rugby in this country. Victory for England would be a terrific boost to the game from the grassroots to the top, and I am sure it would be reflected in the number of kids jumping on the bandwagon.'
Allen hopes an England triumph would inspire Chester to get back to the form which kept them unbeaten until recently.
Although they snatched a victory against Sheffield last Saturday, they haven't been at their best following defeats by Cleckheaton and Morley.
He added: 'Above all, I want to see a good performance at West Park and, hopefully, this will produce a victory. But West Park are a formidable side at home and I don't remember Chester winning there.'
Chester are boosted by the return of Matt Bellamy from New Zealand and Dave Withers is back in the second row, with Ben Foden resuming on the wing and brother Tom switching to full-back.
The team for a 2.15pm kick-off is: Mike Davies, Dan Potts, Aled Davies, Gareth Sanger, Dave Withers, Richard Hughes, Matt Bellamy, Gavin Woods, Colin Ellis, Murray King, Jim Lyle, Geraint Parry, Steve Burke, Ben Foden, Tom Foden. Replacements: Nick Aldersey, Franzy Harmishay, Will Potts.