In this lull before the Rugby World Cup, I have decided to follow the lead of fellow esteemed bloggers and publish my thoughts on each top ten team heading into the World Cup Competition and what I think their chances are. Here are my thoughts on England:
Current World Rank: no.7
Random cliché: Dad’s army
Murray Mexted likely to say of them: "He's looking for some meaningful penetration into the backline."
Stephen Jones likely to say of them: ‘England play rugby as it should be played, with attrition and dominance up front. The rest of the world – take heed.’
Main headlines of the local rag when they lose: 'We was robbed'.
Glamour boy of the team: Laurence Dallaglio
Greatest Moment in the last four years: Winning the 2003 Rugby World cup
Weakest Moment: Becoming world chumps in the following four years
Redeeming features: Andy Robinson – he let the rest of the world walk away with it.
Weak link: Andy Farrell
Incumbent star: Jonny who?
Rising star: Matthew Tait
Final lesson: Never trust a man in rugby circles that says his name is Andy