Jones is expecting a kicking game from the side he coached at the 2015 World Cup.

“They beat Italy when they kicked the ball 45 times,” Jones says. “That’s once every minute. Our backfield will get plenty of work and it means it will be a higher transition game than set-piece game, that brings challenges in itself.”

Ford’s leadership role is key, both in preparation for the game this week and in organising a reshuffled backline that includes a midfield of Alex Lozowski and Jack Nowell, and 21-year-old giant wing Joe Cokanasiga on his debut.

It is a sign of his maturity and experience that Ford, on his 50th cap, has come to terms with losing his starting place at fly-half to Farrell for the matches against South Africa and New Zealand.

He may not have conceded that the fly-half contest is over on the road to the World Cup, but he is at peace with his role within the squad, either as a starter or finisher.

“The big thing that we have been saying to the squad is that the opportunity for us is huge this weekend – to go out there and show that some of the bits we had last week in terms of action and intensity of our play against New Zealand is where we are at now,” said Ford.

“That is the benchmark and we are only going one direction from there and that’s to be better than that and not dip underneath it. That can again be challenging but that is what we want to do.” Chopsticks or not.