England are up to their necks in effluent before the match on Friday, but Mr Motivator Rob Andrew has pulled out all the stops to get his team pumped up for the match. One of his less than Churchillian quotes is, “It is backs-to-the-wall stuff and a massive ask, but in a two-horse race you’ve always got a chance.” Stirring stuff, I don’t think.
Other than the obvious fact that in team games you can win, lose, or draw, thus as a betting medium they are, in fact, a three-horse race, let’s look at other reasons why Rob is talking crap.
Three matches to recap from yesterday:
USA 15 – 25 Tonga
Judging by this scoreline, Tonga are nearly as good as England. But of course in real life we all know that’s silly, they are probably better than England.
Was this worth a four-match ban?
Another new entrant in the manufacturing arena, with Puma designing and producing this jersey for the not-so-mighty-on-current-evidence Manu Samoa.
The match against the Boks is going to be a physical one, maybe England facy Farrell at 10 because they hope he’ll have a repeat of this. Note his perfectly mouthed northern swearing at the end, can anyone guess what he said?
At least that is what Shaun Edwards thinks.
The are two amazing factors to this argument: firstly, that someone believes a player with so little Union experience should play in such a key positon in an equally key game; and secondly, that one week into the tournament we have such a crisis on our hands.
The results are in, and it’s not good news for Messrs Vickery and Burger as they’ve been banned.
This match saw yet another spirited display by a so-called minnow. Perhaps we need to stop using that word now, eh?
Paul “Backbreaker” Emerick has been banned for five weeks following his horror tackle on England’s Brother Beyond lead singer Olly Barkley.
New Zealand give Italy a pasting on Saturday
Look away now if you are Japanese.