Re: Rugby World Cup 2011
There does need to be a complete coaching clearout in the England ranks... Wells & Ford especially.
Oh and whatever you do, DO NOT underestimate France, they can turn over anyone.. All Blacks included. Their World cup story is similar to that of Englands in 2007. The coach lost the players, but they somehow managed to get to the final, through sheer bloody mindedness(so maybe they deserved team of the year). Wouldn't surpise me if France do the same.
If Wales win the WC, I will tip my hat and say well done. But I think this WC belongs to the kiwis.
thats more like it, proper discussion!!!
England do need a massive clear out, both of players and coaches. Thing is Johnson is using what he remembers from 2003 and his Leicester days and rugby has moved on. Time for the likes of Jonny, Tindall and Moody to quit too. England need a modern captain, not someone who always says he was one of Martin Johnson's footsoldiers in 2003.
As for France i'm not disregarding them but Wales have been playing better than them in this tournament and the teams are rather equal. Strong front rows, powerful back rows and good backline but Wales have more team spirit and that helps in a tight game.
The All Blacks should win but without Carter, they lose such a player of legendary quality its hard to fill his shoes and they have always choked since 1987. 1995 is an exception because no one was going to beat the Springboks in that final. Something tells me they might just panic against the Wallabies if its tight.......