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Matt Dawson Is Absolutely Disgusted With Italy's Totally Legal Tactics Vs England

Matt Dawson Is Absolutely Disgusted With Italy's Totally Legal Tactics Vs England

Italy turned a lot of heads with their performance at Twickenham on Sunday, as the crowd in attendance who turned up to see Conor O'Shea's men comfortably put to the sword were stunned by the spirited Italian performance... As well as some shocking play from England.

Italy showed huge improvements in many areas of their game but their tactic of not engaging in the ruck is something that really upset former England and Lions scrum-half Matt Dawson, who took to twitter to make his feelings clear.

Dawson claimed that Italy ruined the match by using tactics that World Rugby will be forced to address, before singling Conor O'Shea out for criticism by suggesting he should be ashamed of himself.

At the half-time whistle, he vented his frustration with the England team for their curiously poor start.

But at the start of the second half we saw what was really bothering Dawson.

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The 'Quetion Of Sport' captain faced a lot of criticism for his comments, including from former England fly-half Andy Goode.

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The tactics were completely legal.

During the game, the Six Nations YouTube channel uploaded some clips showing what the Italians were doing at the breakdown:

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When presented with the idea that a team like New Zealand would have simply adjusted and nullified the problem, Dawson argued that it was vert difficult to chance tactics mid-game... So, seemingly his issue is with Italy making the game difficult for England.

Eddie Jones' side are better than Italy, a lot better, so why wouldn't they think of something to make it more difficult for their opponents?

It seems like a whinge from Dawson, who, judging by his last tweet on the issue, has recieved some stick in return.

Still, in the end England got their bonus point win, so while the minimal margin in terms points difference is not ideal, they still got the job done.

Dawson's worry is that every team will now adopt these tactics and "ruin" the game, but that remains to be seen going forward.

#ShameonyouConor

Mikey Traynor

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