FIVE THINGS WE’D LIKE TO SEE
That doesn’t mean expansive backs moves and heaps of tries. What we mean is we’d like to see teams be innovative and creative in the way they use the ball; in the way they work to their strengths and hopefully it means they look to keep the ball and take risks with it.
SENSIBLE APPROACH TO CONCUSSION
Inevitably some players are going to be concussed and inevitably some coaches are going to be tempted to rush key men back into action. But it can’t happen we need to see coaches set the strongest example and make it clear that welfare comes first regardless of the occasion.
Some teams love the theatre of scrummaging the whole set-up-collapse-set-up, ritual before they actually get a proper contest. Once they get that contest, they like to keep the ball in there and see who has the will to still live at the end of it all. Let’s not bother with that chaps please... quick set, in, shove...away.
Look we might have given the impression we are a bit anti-England by predicting they could fail to make it out of their pool. We don’t actually want that to happen as the tournament needs the host nation to stay in all the way to the final. So what we think and what we want are not the same thing. Nor are what we want and what we need. Nor what you have paid for and what you are getting.
A MASSIVE SURPRISE
How good would it be if a minnow could pull off the unthinkable and beat a top ranked side? We saw Tonga beat France at the last World Cup and that was fantastic. So what about this year...Canada beating Ireland? Or Georgia beating Argentina? Australia beating Fiji..?
need s must: The tournament needs England to do well.