Watch: Roman Poite Puts Dylan Hartley In His Place For Not Knowing The Rules Of Rugby

Watch: Roman Poite Puts Dylan Hartley In His Place For Not Knowing The Rules Of Rugby

Eddie Jones spoke with trademark bluster in the build-up to the visit of Italy to Twickenham, bloviating that England would "take them to the cleaners". Things, however, did not quite go to plan, with Italy actually leading at half-time against a bedraggled English team who utterly melted in the face of the brilliant Italian game plan.

Italy did not engage on the ground, meaning a ruck was not formed. As a result, there was no offside line, allowing the Italian players around the fringes to shoot up on their English opponents.

It is relatively easy to counteract: England needed only to pick-and-drive or form a maul to get a bit of go-forward ball. They finally began to do this after half-time, but it is pretty astounding that they were unable to adjust to the game plan on the field.

Dylan Hartley and James Haskell were so puzzled that they actually asked referee Roman Poite to explain the rules to them on the field. Poite shut them down terrifically well, saying that "I'm a referee, not your coach".

Watch the two clips below:


It's incredible that the England captain doesn't know the rules of the game. If you want a better idea as to how this Italian gameplan looked, the Six Nations Youtube account have uploaded the following video:



On RTE, Brent Pope explained how O'Shea's plan worked:

It's brilliant by O'Shea, but not entirely original, as O'Gara explained:

Good thinking by O'Shea, and pretty astounding that England could not adjust on the field in the first-half.

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