- Mar 19, 2023
If England wishes to make any progress past the initial stages of the World Cup they have to start to play 'in the moment', instead of the continual insistence on playing a formulaic mode of rugby. Borthwick has inherited a squad that is devoid of imagination and the ability to adapt to the changeable fortunes of a rugby game. That was down to Eddie Jones who approached coaching like a schoolmaster, "it's either my way or the highway". Rugby is a changeable game ; a dropped pass, a loose tackle, a careless kick all contribute to change the flow of the game in an instant. It is now time to encourage the team to keep the ball alive, instead of the continual box kicking ,which unless pin perfect only gives the ball to the other side. There is also a huge weakness mid field; Slade and Tuilagi are devoid of imagination and a real desire to take the ball at speed and that goes for the rest of the team. There is no real desire to dominate in every way, no self belief and a huge lack of confidence and unless the coaching staff start to employ help in expanding players imagination and originality and encourage continual improvisation and confidence and a belief that they really are the best, we're doomed.