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Why did England fail so badly


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I think it was a mixture of choosing the right players, playing them in the right position and good management. It seems Lancaster was pushed aside and Farrell seemed to have taken over insisting Burgess was picked despite never playing in that position.

 

Also it seemed the experienced players apart from Brown did not step up and play the way they should have most were below par.

 

They also seemed tired and not fired up which was rather weird.

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Fury it did take a lot of self control in my part not to write that and also not to write that it was incredibly funny that they went out of their own world cup at the group stages when the potential and experience hat they had in their side should have at least got them to a semi final.
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The coaching at youth level is about phases and execution and there is a fear to be expressive and to actually do things that made the Southern Hemisphere sides so great a getting over the game line (such as offloading, dummy runners, midfield forwards screens). As well, in New Zealand, players are not grouped by their age, they are grouped by size, meaning it promotes games where everyone is equal, where new things have to be attempted to break the deadlock - its not just a case of big lads crashing through defence lines, even the big lads have to learn to be quick on their feet and with ball in hand because an equally big lad is about to blast them.

 

That's the first issue.

 

Then there was the whole not picking players who play in France. The European player of the year for the last two years has been an Englishman, Abendanon at fullback for Clermont Auvergne and before him Steffon Armitage at Toulon who is an openside flanker renowned as one of the worlds best at the breakdown, an area where we got creamed all the way through the tournament. Also there is his brother Delon, one of the best full backs in the World, Matt Stevens, who is one of the most mobile props we have and excellent at the scrum (where we again suffered), Toby Flood who is more experienced then either Farrell or Ford, can move the ball like Ford but can actually tackle and not look like a fly away paper bag and so on and so on.

 

Now look at the teams who got further then England in the top eight and only New Zealand have that same policy. Wales, Ireland, South Africa and Australia used to have rules similar (any Northern Hemisphere based player could not play for NZ, SA and AUS) but they relaxed them because what is the point of being without your best players?

 

We had Chris Robshaw, a man who is really a six playing at seven where Armitage should be. We Had Burgess at 12 when he should have been at six as well. If you want to keep Robshaw on the pitch then play Armitage at 8 and keep Burgess at six and you know what, you would have had a hard running, hard tackling and ruck winning back three instead of the slop that did parade in those games.

 

Also if you look at the way all Northern sides played their games except Scotland, it was based around set plays, trademark movements and visions set out in manuals of what players should do. It was rehearsed and choreographed where as the Southern sides, whilst they too had those in their locker, also could go improvise, go off book and exploit situations where they arose which if you look at Scotland, they also did to win their matches. It just meant that in the end England and others where too predictable in attack and could be snuffed out and had no real plan B.

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