I know this is a very biased & worded to be deliberately controversial, article.
but there is a lot in it that I fully agree with. Especially in regard to the RFU.
However upfront I will add that I'm Scottish although lived in England for nearly 25 years. In football I do sort of support England in games against the rest of the world.
In cricket I always support England.
But in rugby it's a real struggle, part of that could be that rugby is my game & England are the big brother who we love to beat and see beaten. But for me it's the historical arrogance shown by elements of the RFU.
England have more resources/players than any other team in the world & the power that goes with it. They have not always used that power well in IMHO.
I find the English press at times shocking in their arrogance & English commentators biased (but that's true for Wales & Scots at times).
Was very disappointed by Eddie Jones & English press in regard to Italy, Calling them cheats, ruining the game & the need for rule changes.
Rather than ask why could the team not think on their feet & deal with it until half time when Jones told them what to do. That for me was the shocking outcome of the Italy game.
Had a lot of time for Lancaster, thought he did a lot of good in repairing the image of England to other countries. He was honest, professional and in my mind a gentleman. It's just a shame the results did not go his way.
In summary a very provocative article, but with a lot of truth.
Lastly 2 questions
1) who do you think plays the more attractive/enjoyable rugby to watch, South Hemispheres or England?
2) ignoring Italy & Newport, who do you think plays the more enjoyable rugby to watch, Pro12 or Premiership?
I hope this article gets a lot of headlines in England.
He has a lot a fair points and I do believe this England team despite the results is overrated, but he comes across as a bit of an angry @#$%&. It's funny how we are always labelled winging pomms...out of all the cricket and rugby nations i'd say Australia are the worst losers.
Fair points - england are not that flexible or that attractive most of the time; they are parochial; they have a larger player base than most countries
Poor points - that we are thuggish ( although the number of borderline slightly late tackles from people is rising and we can all spot what's going on; that NZ are looking at growth in the world game - not true if the best example you can pick is from 1904, the fact that they have denuded the pacific of talented players and rarely offer to play the pacific island teams is, as it is with all the major countries, a disgrace
I do think the RFU has put self-interest ahead of developing the game.The treatment of the Championship sides and the remuneration teams like Fiji get for playing at Twickenham,spring to mind. I hope our Mr Ryan and his mate Mr Melville are the catalyst for change.
I'm with WD, I think he makes some fair points.
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