‘England are just like the All Blacks – no-one needs to play them’

It may not have felt like Six Nations - Dawson


No crew goes to wish to play England in the intervening time. It is like enjoying the All Blacks.

England are a relentless, ruthless crew who grind away at you. Physically and mentally it’s important to be on the prime of your recreation as a way to problem them.

It is hard to get 23 gamers to that place.

You additionally should convey one thing to the get together that England haven’t ready for. You should throw a little bit of warning to the wind.

In Ireland’s 18-7 Autumn Nations Cup defeat at Twickenham on Saturday, they had been bereft of concepts and the hosts had been lapping it up.

England’s video games are actually mirroring these days of enjoying towards the All Blacks from the mid-90s to the mid-2010s.

When you confronted New Zealand, you needed to give you one thing new. You needed to play with a transparent and current imaginative and prescient of the place the area was.

You needed to have the physicality and also you needed to rating tries. Playing towards England is like that in the intervening time. You are by no means going to beat them simply by kicking targets.

If no one has that firepower, I can not see how they will beat England.

It is now 5 years since Eddie Jones took over as head coach and the aspect is in a unbelievable place.

The energy in depth of the squad, the file they’ve at Twickenham, a World Cup ultimate, Six Nations titles, Grand Slams – Jones’ CV whereas in cost could be very spectacular.

Having stated that, I don’t suppose any crew in the intervening time has the best to name themselves the best on this planet.

New Zealand, England and France can be your prime three however whether or not anybody will get to the constant double World Cup-winning commonplace over the course of a decade that the All Blacks reached, I’m not too positive.

Autumn Nations Cup pool a
The winner of Pool A performs the winner of Pool B on 5 or 6 December to find out the Autumn Nations Cup champions

‘It is all about defence for England’

Jones’ interview after the Ireland recreation was very insightful.

If I had not heard that interview, I’d be saying England are a world-class outfit up entrance and defensively, however what about their attacking technique? It is almost non-existent.

When he spoke about England’s defensive efficiency after the match, Jones made it clear that for no matter motive – Covid-19, coaching time or the time of 12 months – defence is what it’s all about.

I’ve been in that kind of situation after I was enjoying at Wasps – and it does work. You get to a sure a part of the season if you find yourself happier when the opposition has the ball.

In the second half when England had established a decisive benefit towards Ireland, they didn’t get out of third gear when it comes to attacking as a result of they had been simply decided to place stress on their opponent.

The stats present it: England made 255 tackles in comparison with Ireland’s 84. It is all nicely and good – and it labored – however I do wonder if the gamers genuinely get pleasure from enjoying that kind of rugby.

History reveals us gamers get bored with out that capability to assault and play. It occurred when Stuart Lancaster was England head coach.

England are enjoying as near zero-risk rugby as they will.

Even once they had been entering into Ireland’s 22 and there was a slight overlap, they had been taking all the danger out of their attacking technique and turning the opposition.

It is simply going to be a person little bit of brilliance from Jonny May or turnover ball when the sport is damaged up when England are going to assault.

My query can be, in a 12 months’s time and if they’re nonetheless enjoying the identical rugby and there are gilt-edged alternatives that they don’t take, does that begin to breed frustration among the many gamers?

Maro Itoje
England’s Maro Itoje shone in defence towards Ireland

‘Ireland shouldn’t have a successor to Sexton’

Ireland are crying out for a fly-half. Andy Farrell’s aspect is rebuilding and they have some proficient gamers.

But there’s a vital gulf between Johnny Sexton and anybody else they will put of their 10 shirt in the intervening time. There is not any successor.

Joey Carbery is the following most proficient ball-player however he has been indefinitely sidelined with an ongoing ankle harm.

Even when Sexton is match, on his present type he’s sadly not again to his World Player of the Year degree.

The ahead pack have gotten nice potential and so they have some respectable leaders.

But they want some recreation managers – a fly-half to stir it up and inspire the crew. That was highlighted towards England.

There had been a couple of alternatives for Ireland early on however as England’s defence turned more and more oppressive, fly-half Ross Byrne was backing away from taking them on.

When Billy Burns got here on and chipped over for Jacob Stockdale to attain, that was the gamble and creativity that they wanted.

Matt Dawson was chatting with BBC Sport’s Becky Grey.

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