Here’s our undi­luted opin­ion on all the ac­tion from the last eight weeks.

NZ Rugby World - - The Breakdown -

■ ■ Ire­land as no of They the a kid­ding prop­erly, won time an­nounced their we rugby se­ri­ously, are Grand team. quite their Slam good proper… ar­rival and all ■ third The where clincher Six they Na­tions eas­ily was in at beat Twick­en­ham five Eng­land years. ■ 24-15. On St Pa­trick’s Day no less which cel­e­bra­tions meant, were no doubt, a touch that men­tal. the ■ ■ As The for wheels Eng­land…well, have well and well, truly well. come o their list­ing char­iot. ■ Not any that hurry coach to ac­knowl­edge Ed­die Jones that. was in ■ He losses took rather the three well, con­sec­u­tive sug­gest­ing they tried were to grow in­evitable into a world-class as Eng­land team. ■ Strange, vic­to­ries be­cause is usu­ally ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the best way to tran­si­tion a side into a world­class out­fit. ■ But then what else was Ed­die to say? ■ Could he re­ally ad­mit that he has mul­ti­ple is­sues that he’s not re­ally sure he can solve? ■ His first prob­lem is that he has no pace in his back row. ■ Chris Rob­shaw is a war horse but he plays with the speed of a cart horse. ■ Eng­land don’t have a gen­uine No 7 who can get to the ball quickly. ■ As a re­sult they are los­ing out ma­jorly at the break­down and be­ing forced into poor acts of dis­ci­pline to com­pete. ■ They are short of gen­uine ball car­ri­ers in the pack. ■ Dy­lan Hart­ley is pro­vid­ing next to noth­ing as cap­tain and he doesn’t seem to have the smarts or force of per­son­al­ity to im­pose him­self. ■ Ge­orge Ford at first-five is ac­tu­ally not re­ally any good. ■ Owen Far­rell is world class but he has to play as a No 10 in the No 12 jer­sey. ■ There’s no real creativ­ity in the team and there­fore no abil­ity to open up de­fences with a bit of magic.

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