Shane Horgan Explains Why There's Nothing To Fear From England

Shane Horgan Explains Why There's Nothing To Fear From England

England left it late against Wales in Cardiff. The Welsh were ahead by two in the 76th minute when they turned over the ball on their own five metre line. Rather than kicking the ball out of play and relieving the pressure, Jonathan Davies's kick went into the hands of George Ford. The England out-half went left to Owen Farrell who then sent a pass out to flying winger Elliot Daly to touch down in the corner.

The win extended England's streak to 16 games. Despite this run and them being on course to defend the Grand Slam, Shane Horgan does not think that Eddie Jones's team are the real deal.

The former Ireland winger, speaking on RTÉ after the game, said that England's style lacks a sophisticaption which would make them especially formidable.

I think in that game they were relentless. They were passionate and there was a great excitement. There wasn't much innovation, there wasn't much ingenuity. They played low-risk rugby.

Watching that from Joe Schmidt's perspective, I'm thinking that if we match either of these teams physically, we've got a chance of beating them if we bring something else to our game. Because I don't think they brought a whole lot of sophistication to their game plan today and neither did Wales.

Horgan later added that England have a major problem at number eight due to Billy Vunipola, who they built their game around last year, being out with an injury.


England have a big problem at number eight. Nathan Hughes was really poor today. He made hardly any yardage at all. Billy Vunipola last year was one of their key pillars. Busting, getting offloads, you give him terrible ball he turns it into something. They are going to have to move their game somewhere else because they don't player anymore.

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