As a participant, you’ll all the time know if somebody like Warren Gatland is sat within the stands. You’ll both decide up on it within the media, or see his face pop up on the massive display screen throughout a break of play.
Behind their minds, England’s gamers would have been determined to impress Gatland in Dublin. Sadly, the efficiency did their probabilities extra hurt than good.
Earlier than Saturday’s match, I had scribbled down a Lions XV that contained six England gamers. After the match, it contained simply three.
Few England gamers lined themselves in glory through the 32-18 Six Nations loss to Eire
Owen Farrell performed his manner out of the Lions XV following his efficiency in opposition to Eire
Each rugby participant likes to natter a few Lions XV throughout bus journeys and lunch breaks and, for me, Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Ben Youngs all performed their manner out of the beginning staff. I’ve little doubt that Farrell will make the general squad, however George and Youngs could now be sweating.
Our strapline in opposition to Eire was all the time ‘win the air, win the ground’. It was all about wining the aerial battle and the breakdown.
On Saturday, England received neither of these areas.
Andy Farrell’s choice was a masterstroke. He introduced in his skilled guys who had been caught on the sidelines and would have been actually revved up.
Ben Youngs is without doubt one of the Lions hopefuls who may now be frightened about his place within the squad
All of them stepped up. Conor Murray confirmed that he’s nonetheless a pressure, whereas Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw had been large collectively within the midfield. Nice additionally to see veteran Keith Earls have one other good recreation.
It was fascinating to listen to Eddie discuss a transition section after the match. I am undecided if that was a touch that some guys have performed their final recreation, however there undoubtedly must be some new blood.
This summer season’s tour may very well be a large turning level. Youthful guys usually are available in to fill in for the Lions huge canines — though there is probably not as a lot of these as Eddie had hoped for. I hope he takes guys like Tom de Glanville, Jack van Poortvliet and Marcus Smith.
In 2017, in Argentina, Tom Curry got here as a younger child and Eddie bought him to share a room with Dylan Hartley.
Eddie knew Curry was an enormous prospect so he used Dylan to search out out what he is like away from the pitch. How they put together, how they maintain themselves in conferences, how they fare in video games.
For me, there’s not been any transition because the World Cup. Eddie nonetheless wants to determine his greatest mixtures.
I feel he ought to surrender on the thought of Elliot Daly being the first-choice full again. I used to be wanting ahead to seeing him at 13, however he is clearly not a global 15. I feel his greatest place is on the wing, however he is performed 50-plus Exams and hasn’t nailed down one spot.
He can cowl centre, wing and full-back and he may fall into the James Hook lure of being Mr Utility on the bench.
Eddie Jones’ England facet endured a wretched Six Nations marketing campaign, ending fifth general