Le Frére Alpha
- Dec 3, 2010
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Hmmm, I think that's a coaching and player fault if true. Ireland amd Wales have developed leaders in the presence of AWJ and Sexton.I think Farrell is such an imposing character and presence on the team that it doesn’t allow those around him to grow as leaders, players and decision makers. I can only imagine Farrell runs the show at training, which is fine when you’re performing (see Johnson 2000 - 2003) but when you’re the weak link on a Saturday afternoon all it is doing is hampering the ability of others to step into that leadership role. While Farrell is there, there is no vacuum to fill hence we have a team of followers and not leaders and whether England win or not depends on whether Farrell is firing or about to s**t the bed.
Familiarity helps and I think guys like Ringrose and Keenan benefit from being in Leinster as they're not natural leaders by my estimation. But there's guys in that England squad who have been there long enough to step up onto the role. Itoje looks less of a presence now than he did at 21, Genge isn't the same voice he is at club level and in a relatively inexperienced backline Smith or Steward should have stepped up.
If Borthwick is cut out for the role he'll develop this but it looks like another failing of EJ's team to me.