The collapse in quality of England forwards since 2003 has been remarkable. What's the cause?
I don't claim to be an expert, but particularly in the back row we often pick players who aren't specialists in one particular area. Decent players all round but not exceptionally powerful, skillful at the breakdown or tackling machines either. Refusal to pick a proper 7 was problematic for a while now with the influx of youth the problems haven't exactly been solved either, even if these players could form an excellent back row some day. The second row looked particularly light weight today.