Five key England forwards are absent and many players are lacking game-time, with scrum-half Ben Youngs admitting there could be "teething problems".
Nevertheless, the defending champions are favourites to win again this year.
"The pressure is on England," Monye said on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
"Anyone that thinks otherwise is deluded."
The Michigan high school football playoffs have reached the semifinal stage for 11-player football and the championships for 8-player football.
Every game Saturday will have a livestream option, giving fans unable to attend a game an opportunity to watch. Michigan COVID-19 restrictions allow just 125 fans per team in attendance.FSD and MHSAA.tv will feature the livestreams of the games. Fans watching on MHSAA.tv will need to subscribe for $10.99 a month or $69.99 for the year and can sign up for the MHSAA.tv livestreams here.
Here are the matchups for the 2020-21 Michigan high school football state playoff semifinals and eight-man finals, all scheduled for Jan. 16:JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - The 2020 MHSAA State Football Championships are set and WDAM will have coverage of all the games this weekend.
Coverage of this year’s championship games will be shown on Bounce TV as games are scheduled to happen Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.Below is a listing of channel numbers on cable and satellite providers that include Bounce TV:
Cable/Antenna - Channel 7.3
Comcast - Channel 216
Six high schools from the Pine Belt will be represented by their football teams at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson this weekend in championship play as Magee, Lumberton and Oak Grove high schools will play Friday, and Poplarville, Taylorsville and West Jones are set to play on Saturday.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday that all sports in Michigan, other than professional and college, must stop competition for three weeks in an effort to bat down an exponential spike in COVID-19 cases in Michigan.
But that does not mean the end of the high school state playoffs in football, volleyball or swimming.
Mark Uyl, executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, told the Free Press on Sunday that those playoffs are being put on hold and the MHSAA has every intention to finish them at a later date.
“We will suspend our three remaining fall tournaments,” he said, “and figure out how to get those completed.”
If that sounds familiar, it should.
In March, when COVID-19 began spreading throughout the state, the MHSAA suspended play in its remaining winter and spring tournaments. Uyl said then he had every intention of completing those championships, including boys and girls basketball and boys swimming, but it never happened because schools were closed in April and did not reopen until this fall.
MHSAA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: Regional finals matchups for when playresumes
The MHSAA volleyball championships were scheduled to conclude this weekend in Battle Creek, and girls swimming and diving was scheduled to hold its championship meets this weekend as well.
The football playoffs were headed to regional championship games this weekend in 11-player and the semifinals in 8-player.
That is why the MHSAA is putting all playoffs on hold.
“Given the fact that we’re only down to three weeks in football,” Uyl said. “Again, it’s different than last March. We’ve got some time in front of us.”
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