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Lawrence Dallaglio Believes Ireland Could Give England A “Hiding” At Twickenham

The post-mortem of England’s second successive Six Nations defeat will be an arduous process for the players, coaching staff and of course, Eddie Jones.

For the second game in a row, the English were beaten at the breakdown, they lost the physicality battle with their opponents and their discipline let them down.

Then there’s also selection problems with Jones needing to find the correct partnerships and combinations in midfield and the backrow.

Lawrence Dallaglio, in his column for The Sunday Times, described England’s performance as “infuriating”.

“That’s why I believe this defeat was worse than the one sustained at Murrayfield. Scotland were very good on that day. France were not very good yesterday,” Dallaglio wrote.

“They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery. Nearly a century after Harold Abrahams’ Olympics heroics in Paris, this was chariots of dire. To watch it was as infuriating as it was fascinating.”

Dallaglio also reckons Jones’ side could be on the receiving end of a hiding against Ireland if they don’t fix the problems which have been all too obvious over the last few weeks.

“If England don’t sort themselves out this week they will be on the end of a hiding from Ireland on Saturday. That is clear. Ireland have been head and shoulders above the other five nations in this campaign. Their clarity of thought and accuracy in deed is in stark contrast to what we saw from England in Paris.”

You can read Dallaglio’s full column here as he describes England’s discipline as “awful”.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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