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a City headhunting firm having been employed in January in order to find the right candidate and advise a five-man Rugby Football Union selection panel, surely that money has been wasted. The future has been seen and it is surely Lancaster.
100% agree. which hurts to say as a welshman but, they deserve so much credit for what they have done
Posted 10:35 22nd March 2012
Well,.. it has to be said,.. England were well and truly in the gutter when this tournament started,...but Lancaster and his coaching staff have pulled England by the scruff of the neck back to the top of the European rugby ladder,.. if he's not given the job it would be a travesty after what he has managed to acheive. I am looking forward to some real ding dongs between England and Wales over the next few seasons,... both young sides carrying future legends for their countries,... the future is looking good,.. but it isn't broken,... so to the RFU,.. making changes now,.. would be a big fat mistake. Well done England,.. wish I could say it's nice to have you back but,.. credit where credit is due... Just no more "what if's" please,... there were plenty for the Scots and Italians remember.
Posted 10:34 22nd March 2012
OK Scotland lost the game, not the other way around.
The Italy result was only close because of 2 spawned trys before half-time. The control England exerted second-half meant that Italy were never going to win once they were overhauled. Both the Wales and France results could have gone either way and Ireland, well the Ireland performance was a huge surprise.
I guess the concern here is that the 6N is such an unusual competition (mainly due to the alternation of home and away, and being played mid-season with injuries such a concern) that performances and results don't always reflect a team's true standing in terms of world rugby.
England seem to be moving forward, but felt toothless in the early encounters coming to life in the France game - but was that down to a lethargic French defensive performance?
Like Wales, you have to look at the Summer and Autumn to really see where they are.
"what a difference a couple of months make" indeed, the same could have been said after the RWC QF
Posted 10:28 22nd March 2012
While I agree England were substantially better against France and looked powerful again against Ireland, let's not forget that they were largely outplayed by Scotland, that they were lucky Italy cannot could not control a game they owned after 60 mins because of their lack of a semi-decent fly half, that they were beaten at home by an average Wales team on that day.
Could have been a grandslam, could also have been three defeats without Hodgson's try against Scotland and without Trinh-Duc missed dropgoal at the end of regulation time.
Posted 10:24 22nd March 2012