Monday, 20 June 2016

The Oz Tour - the story so far...

A few observations to note so far from England’s tour down under…

The Jones effect. There’s little doubt that the relentless and obsessive pursuit of excellence by Eddie Jones has dragged this group of players to unexpected and unprecedented new heights.

The team thing. It might be argued that in the 6 Nations certain individuals may have carried the team through to the Grand Slam – Billy V, Itoje and Kruis spring to mind. Not now. Against Australia, especially on Saturday in Melbourne, everyone stood up to be counted in an immense collective effort.

Robshaw’s redemption. If ever it were needed, Chris Robshaw’s redemption is now complete and he has totally justified both the faith shown in him by Jones and the esteem in which he is held by his team mates.

James Haskell, openside flanker. It really shouldn’t work. It does. What the hell do I know? The Hask has been monumental.

The Focus. If Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley are to be believed, they are not satisfied by a series win and are now focused on a 3-0 whitewash. Whether or not they succeed, the fact that there’s an obvious intent to be ruthless is so very, very un-English.

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