09 Nov Telegraph: ‘The All Blacks are the benchmark – this is how England can match them’

Areas to improve


Like a recurring nightmare. The flow and control of a game can get away from England too often. Everyone concedes the occasional penalty, but to quickly duplicate the daft act and to have an inability to collectively sense danger in a referee’s voice is bordering on the negligent.


Too often against South Africa front-line kickers, who did not seem to have a clear plan, resorted to the boot downfield in the expectation or hope of a strong kick chase. Do this against the All Blacks and you will chase shadows.

Tackling too high

Grappling, chest on, trying to shut the ball down, is not good enough against the best sides. Fix the immediate problem, confront the…

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