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Re: France vs England
Posted by: opti
Date: 11/03/2018 19:55
We just look Stale, lions and Aviva and Eddie's training really taking its toll. I think it will be different next season but this team isn't of the quality like the 2003 lot that can still win ugly when off form

The 2003 lot only really had to worry about 'winning ugly when off form in their last days - ie the Q-F onwards of the World Cup. At this stage - 18 months/2 years from the WC they were absolutely slaughtering home nations teams. Eddie's conservatism in selection and playing style is looking increasingly farcical. Instead of flogging the Lions to death in the last set of AIs he could have properly tested squad depth. Even the few flair players that he's picked - Ford and Joseph primarily - seem to have ended up blunter than a boiled potato. He finally dropped Brown for the one game and conditions that practically every other pundit would have retained him for (and also lost himself a lot of media goodwill with his ridiculous outburst after the Wales game). His quote about England being 40% fitter will be plastered up in every opposition changing room.

And he's talking complete garbage in response to the loss: "I donít think itís a technical problem. There are other issues apart from being technical and a lot of it has got to do with power.Ē .... how can anyone take him seriously when he complains about England being underpowered.

And he's now lost Lawes to injury pretty much directly as a result of his flawed selection. When he took Launchbury off on Saturday it meant Lawes had to play to the end of the game irrespective of what state he was in.

He's got enough time to fix it, but currently the most 'out of form' player in England is Eddie himself.

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