SIMON SHAW could go straight into World Cup quarter-final action after arriving Down Under as replacement for stricken Bath captain Danny Grewcock.
Official confirmation for Shaw came yesterday from the England camp and World Cup organisers.
The Wasps second-row forward was due to arrive in Brisbane last night. He was summoned following Grewcock's latest injury setback - a broken left hand - sustained during the 111-13 Pool C victory over Uruguay.
Grewcock started against Uruguay, following three weeks out recovering from a broken toe suffered when England were warming up before tackling Georgia in Perth last month.
Shaw could find himself on bench duty as cover for Martin Johnson and Ben Kay when the RBS Six Nations champions tackle Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
"Danny has broken his hand and Simon Shaw is on the way," said England head coach Clive Woodward.
There is more encouraging news about Bath wing Iain Balshaw, who was carried off with an ankle problem against Uruguay after producing a sparkling twotry performance.
"The medical team say that Iain Balshaw is looking okay," added Woodward. "I intend to announce the team to play Wales on Wednesday, and until then, you just keep a very clear head about it.
"Balshaw played very well against Uruguay, and I would be keen to have him involved in some way."
Flanker Richard Hill, though, continues to give cause for concern, after missing England's last three World Cup games through hamstring trouble.
Hill, capped 61 times, is fighting back to fitness, but he might not make it in time for the Wales clash.
"It's kind of testing the medical team, put it that way," Woodward conceded.
"We've got such a strong squad, that I don't want to take anyone into the 22 who is not 100pc fit."
As England left their Gold Coast base yesterday for a central Brisbane hotel, the Joe Worsley episode was officially declared closed.
Worsley infuriated Woodward when he applauded cheering English fans as he walked off the field after being sin-binned for a high tackle on Uruguay wing Joaquin Pastore, who was still on the ground receiving treatment.
Woodward criticised the player's actions, and Wasps forward Worsley subsequently made a public apology.