England’s failure in Paris prompted Sir Clive Woodward, former England manager, to claim on ITV that Eddie Jones had violated his selection policy.
“Yes, the World Cup is important, but not only the World Cup is important. Rugby is the next game and I just want to know what is our starting XV? Just go back to the really simple stuff, what’s our best XV?” Woodward stated this on the air of the ITV channel.
“I can name the French team, man for man, I know exactly what it is, and if there’s a change, ‘wow, they’ve made a change.’
“All of France loves him. England, I just want to know what the best starting team we have. Not “that our finishers or starters”. And we go from there.
“We have the players to match the French team, I have no doubt about that. I just think we’re getting a little smarter about everything else.”
The World Cup-winning coach later added in his Mail Online column: “The big problem is that when the team comes together on Mondays after Saturday’s debriefing, no one has any idea what division the next game will be. And when the team comes together at the beginning of each season, no one knows for sure who will be the coach after Eddie Jones.
“Player turnover and instability among outside defenders and the coaching staff is eventually becoming worrisome.
“Of course, you have to have competition for places and constant evaluation, but in every great team that I have faced, the hierarchy should be obvious. Gun XV knocks you off your tongue.
“In the far rear of England we had this endless tangle of Henry Slade out of position; Joe Marchant one week on the wing, another in the center; Max Malins did work on the wing when his position was at fullback, but was then dropped altogether after there was little opportunity to prove himself; Elliot Daley, center one week, second quarterback or bench the next.
“Courtney Lowes or Maro Itoye in block or blind flanker? Why would you want to play the two best castles in the world anywhere else but in the second row?”
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Telegraph (4/10): “A shocking kick from the box came from Aldritt, who then pinned England back in their half. Ruckball was slow. It’s good to stutter to get France to pause before the Steward attempt, but doze off for Dupont.
Email (5/10): “Horses for the start of the course were brought in for his boxing hits, which went well, but service after breakdowns is still slow if the pace is increased.”
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