Who will make England's XV for France?
Auckland, North Island
Enough of stolen walkie-talkies, dissident mouthguards and grainy CCTV footage. With England's World Cup quarter-final closing in fast, let's clear away the side dishes and tuck into the beef: a XV that can beat France at Eden Park on Saturday night.
Marc Lievremont, he of the strange selections and brutally honest barbs ("We don't like the English - this insular country who always drape themselves in the national flag, their hymns, their chants, their traditions...") revealed his hand early on Tuesday.
By his maverick standards it's a relatively safe one, with Nicolas Mas back in the front row and the old warrior Imanol Harinordoquy restored at eight. If he's persisting with Morgan Parra at fly-half, well, that's almost consistency by his standards, particularly considering the mental torment France's haphazard qualification has inflicted on him ("I thought I had experienced everything in terms of shame. But this time round, it's been an extremely violent feeling...")
Lievremont's opposite number is keeping his cards a little closer to his chest. Martin Johnson will not unveil his XV until early Thursday morning UK time, which has only added to the angst and argument about who deserves the nod and who the old heave-ho.
If the narrow, nervous win over Scotland last Saturday told us anything, it was that there are question marks over almost every position in the England team, bar full-back and wings.
Wilkinson and Youngs could find their places on the line this week; pic - Getty
Johnson's biggest dilemma? Bang on the pivot.
Assuming Jonny Wilkinson recovers from his bruised arm - and noises from the England camp are encouraging - should Johnson stick with his fellow World Cup winner, or switch to Toby Flood, the man who made such an impact coming off the bench last weekend?
It's not a new debate, but Wilkinson's uncertain display against Scotland has given it fresh life. Where eight years ago his right boot won them the William Webb-Ellis trophy and four years ago his left foot somehow steered them to the final, this time both have been wayward.
In the 154 minutes he has been on the pitch so far in New Zealand, Wilkinson has had a success rate of just 36% from penalties and 67% from conversions. The shanked drop-goal attempt from in front on Saturday night was so uncharacteristically catastrophic you feared Andy Robinson had taken a lesson from Dr Evil and employed a fat Scottish underling of his own to steal the Jonny mojo away.
Wilkinson is not easily cowed. Eight minutes after that howler came a peach from much further out; five minutes on and a penalty from distance had dragged England to within touching distance.
Were those ripostes enough to secure the 32-year-old a starting berth against France? Flood's numbers with the boot have been far more impressive out here - 100% from penalties, 75% from conversions - while Wilkinson's use of ball in hand has also come under fire once again.
He is yet to break the line once in this World Cup: Flood has. While Wilkinson's defence has, as ever, been robust, so too has Flood's - the pair average almost exactly the same number of tackles per game.
Wilkinson was not helped on Saturday by the slow ball and uneven service he received from his forwards and scrum-half Ben Youngs. Whether Flood could have cajoled a better delivery from his Leicester team-mate is open to question; their partnership during the Six Nations played a significant role in England's successes, but Flood also benefited late on at Eden Park from Richard Wigglesworth's flatter, faster pass.
It's an issue mirrored in Saturday's other quarter-final. Down in Wellington, Ireland coach Declan Kidney is putting the Wilkinson-like control of Ronan O'Gara ahead of Jonathan Sexton's more fleet-footed guile. Wales's Warren Gatland has gone the other way, moving the experience of Stephen Jones aside to allow tyro Rhys Priestland room to shine.
Johnson is not by nature a gambler. That points to the retention of Wilkinson at 10. The manager also understands the hold the Toulon man has over the French, not only for the 24 points he kicked in the 2003 semi-final and nine in the 2007 repeat but for the myriad other times his calm control and clean kicking have taken key games away from Les Bleus.
Did Wigglesworth do enough in his brief cameo to take the number nine shirt from Youngs? He has his own campaign medals against the French, diving over for a debut try in the 24-13 win in Paris after the last World Cup, but Youngs' zip and dart around the fringes are a key element of England's attack.
In the backs, Manu Tuilagi will keep his place, those big hits and demolishing runs as important as his mouthguard mistake was minor. His partner Mike Tindall may not.
In his 150 minutes of on-field action so far the Gloucester man is yet to break the opposition line once, let alone light up the back line with sweetly-timed distribution.
There have been tackles alright - an average of 3.7 per World Cup match. But Shontayne Hape has made even more, notching up eight in his sole 80 minutes against Georgia and running in two tries to boot. Perhaps the Auckland-born league convert offer a sharper edge, Wilkinson or Flood a second kicking option that the current centre pairing glaringly lacks.
Up front it's no easier. Matt Stevens shipped penalty after penalty at the set-piece against Scotland as England lost four of their eight scrums. Alex Corbisiero stopped the rot, but a World Cup quarter-final would represent the biggest challenge he has ever faced in an England jersey.
England also lost four of their own line-outs against the Scots. Tom Palmer impressed after replacing Courtney Lawes early in the second half, but he could also put Louis Deacon under pressure, his abilities in the loose an obvious advantage when England's forwards are playing with so little dynamism.
What, too, is Johnson's best back-row blend? Should James Haskell start ahead of Nick Easter at eight, his speed and size more suited to the game England are trying to play, or nudge skipper Lewis Moody from his favoured open-side slot?
They are not the sort of headaches a coach likes to have in the days before such a huge game. By contrast, both Kidney and Gatland are almost certain of their first-choice XVs, the problems more about players either missing through injury or fit again and pressing to play.
Such has been England's uncertain form so far that if they attempt to throw caution to the wind on Saturday there's a chance they might miss it.
That stuttering style and Johnson's innate pragmatic conservatism suggests experience will win out over experiment. Whether that chosen blend has bite enough to hurt the French remains to be seen.