Lewis Moody gives his thoughts on England
March 15 2018
Rugby World Cup winner Lewis Moody has called on England boss Eddie Jones to revamp his coaching set-up this summer and invest in specialist assistance to solve the Red Rose breakdown woes. Disappointing defeats in Scotland and France have handed Ireland the Six Nations crown with one match to play – with England’s back row of Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw and Nathan Hughes comprehensively outplayed in both games. Joe Schmidt’s side head to Twickenham seeking only a third Grand Slam in their history but Moody believes England will stop the rot and get their revenge on the Irish – who denied them Jones’ man the Slam a year ago. England have changed their back-row combinations for the visit of the Irish; James Haskell comes in at openside flanker, Sam Simmonds at No.8 and Robshaw packs down at No.6. And Moody insists England must improve and quickly if they’re to put a glove on a hugely impressive Irish unit who will start as favorites at Twickenham this weekend.
He said: “We have a lot of mentors in other positions. We’ve seen the work Jonny [Wilkinson] has done with the kickers for instance.
But despite the below-par showings against Scotland and France – Moody is expecting England to avoid a chastening three defeat on the spin.
“At home England have been consistent winners and I strongly feel England will come out on top at the weekend but they will come up against a very difficult side in the Irish,” said Moody, who was speaking on behalf of Land Rover, the long-standing supporter of rugby at all levels; from grassroots to the elite.
“No team wants to suffer three successive defeats, I played in 2006 when we had a really tough Six Nations but went on the following year to feature in a World Cup final. It can all be turned around.
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