England head coach Andy Robinson has again ruled out an immediate Test match return for World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson.
Fly-half Charlie Hodgson is battling to be fit for England's Twickenham clash against New Zealand next Saturday after suffering a groin injury during the 26-16 victory over Australia.
Robinson is optimistic an in-form Hodgson will recover and be available for selection when the team is announced on Wednesday.
Wilkinson could conceivably have been among the contenders to take over if Robinson has to find a replacement, despite starting only a handful of games for Newcastle this season and being out of England reckoning through injuries since the 2003 World Cup final.
Robinson though, replied with a firm ''no'' when asked on Monday if Wilkinson would be considered, underlining his view that the Falcons superstar needs more game time.
And that may open the door for Bath's Olly Barkley to wear the number 10 shirt, should Sale Sharks playmaker Hodgson be ruled out.
''He (Hodgson) is the only doubt at present, yes,'' said Robinson. ''He has responded well to treatment, but we will take 24 hours before we fully decide.''
Robinson is unlikely to make changes, given the comfortable nature of their win against Australia, unless decisions are forced on him through injury problems.
''We will be looking to potentially keep the same side together, but we've just got to look at the injury situation and the combinations,'' he added.
''We've reviewed what we did at the weekend, and this is a different challenge we are facing. It is important that we get a team out that can match the challenge of the All Blacks and try and dominate them.''
Robinson's more pressing concern is how England try to stop an All Blacks side on the rampage, having inflicted 38-point defeats on both Wales and Ireland during their Grand Slam tour.
With Scotland unlikely to remotely threaten them, only England, it would appear, can stop New Zealand emulating the clean sweep achievement of Graham Mourie's tourists in 1978.
''I think we will have to step up a few more gears than one, and we certainly will have to lift everything we do in all areas,'' Robinson added.
''There is one part of our game that we know the All Blacks will put us under severe pressure on, and we therefore have to carefully control the ball and we definitely must try and get dominance up front.
''The New Zealand scrum is particularly strong at present, and their forward and lineout play is exceptional.
''Throughout the whole game, there are going to be a lot of questions asked of us, and we will be under constant pressure, but it is how we deal with it.''