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Sport SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: This England team will bounce back from France defeat and get the job done against Scotland on Saturday... But why is Tom Curry is still playing at No. 8?

11:20  07 february  2020
11:20  07 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Six Nations round 1 - what we learned

  Six Nations round 1 - what we learned A thumping win for defending Grand Slam champions Wales over Italy, Ireland grinding out a victory over Scotland, and France pulling the punches in defeating England. "Last year after the (opening) England game, Triple Crown gone, Grand Slam gone, uphill battle to try to even win the Championship. We're alive in everything and that's where we want to be." © GEOFF CADDICK Triple threat: Wales wing Josh Adams Scotland were not too disheartened in defeat, coach Gregor Townsend acknowledging that it was no good dominating swathes of the game but not be able to convert pressure into points.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD - WORLD CUP WINNING COACH: Let's hope Eddie Jones' coaching and game plan have improved, along with his selection. I believe England will narrowly see off a fired-up Scotland team on Saturday . This match should galvanise England as the consequences of a loss

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : Everything is coming to the boil nicely and sometime soon this England England put in their most commanding performance of their World Cup campaign on Saturday . Sponsors and other commercial interests want to get in early with proposals before the job is done .

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With one major and one minor reservation, Eddie Jones has picked a much better England team to play Scotland on Saturday and the fact that he's made five changes suggests he has admitted he was at fault in Paris last week.

Let's hope his coaching and game plan have improved, along with his selection. I believe they will get the job done, narrowly, against a fired-up Scotland.

The consequences of a third defeat on the bounce are so big that you will see much more energy, intensity and accuracy, even if England have still clearly not got over the disappointment of their World Cup final defeat. This is the match that could — and should — galvanise England.

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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : It gives me no great pleasure to say I saw this coming. France are on the up. England clearly have not yet shaken off that depressing World Owen Farrell endured his worst game EVER and Alex Dombrandt must be called in from the cold to start against Scotland at No 8 .

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : This England team will bounce back from France defeat and get the job done against Eddie Jones makes FIVE changes from team that lost Six Nations opener in France with Willi Heinz replacing CHRIS FOY: Ruthless Eddie Jones' axing of Ben Youngs sends a

Courtney Lawes et al. standing next to a football ball: England should bounce back from their disappointing loss to France by beating Scotland © Provided by Daily Mail England should bounce back from their disappointing loss to France by beating Scotland

My major reservation remains Tom Curry at No 8. I just don't get it. Why would you move arguably the best flanker in the world out of position? 

Especially when you have three in-form specialist No 8s in Alex Dombrandt, who would be my choice, Nathan Hughes and Sam Simmonds. England have great options in this position while Billy Vunipola is injured.

Some have drawn a parallel with my early days as England coach when I moved Lawrence Dallaglio from blindside flanker to No 8 but the situation is totally different. Curry is an out-and-out flanker, a magnificent player and already established as a World XV contender in that position at 21. I wouldn't sacrifice that excellence in tackling and jackling for the less predictable contribution he might produce at No 8.

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  England's Tuilagi ruled out of Scotland game with groin strain England's Tuilagi ruled out of Scotland game with groin strainTuilagi limped off early in the 24-17 loss in Paris when he tweaked his groin and scans confirmed the Leicester player had a low grade strain that will keep him out of the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : This England team will bounce back from France defeat and get the job done against Eddie Jones makes FIVE changes from team that lost Six Nations opener in France with Willi Heinz replacing CHRIS FOY: Ruthless Eddie Jones' axing of Ben Youngs sends a

You can always rely on Sir Clive Woodward to speak his mind. And he has plenty to say after England 's 24-17 He said the experiment of playing Tom Curry at No 8 and Courtney Lawes at six didn't work, and that Alex That what true champion teams do — they never get ahead of themselves.

To me, Lawrence always looked like a world-class No 8 even though he had played exclusively as a flanker in Test rugby before I took the England job. I would say he was a more versatile, rounded talent and a better ball-player but without those very specialist skills that Tom shows as he tracks the ball and as a ball-carrier.

a man in a black shirt: My choice for the position would be Harlequins' in-form specialist Alex Dombrandt © Provided by Daily Mail My choice for the position would be Harlequins' in-form specialist Alex Dombrandt

Lawrence was a brilliant Test No 8 in the making who improved until he became the world's best but Tom is already a brilliant flanker. You can always improve but he is almost the finished article.

So England supporters will be holding their breath again. There is some dirty weather forecast and in such conditions you want a No 8 totally at ease with his game. It's going to be another huge Test for Tom and hopefully he will come through it but Scotland will put him under a lot of pressure.

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  England's Anthony Watson absent again for Scotland clash England will again have to cope without Anthony Watson as they look to bounce back from defeat to France in their Six Nations opener.Watson was missing with a calf injury as the Rugby World Cup runners-up made a dismal start to the campaign in France last week.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : Did you correctly predict the starting XV to play France in Paris on Sunday? Me neither. But whatever your views the only thing that really matters now is how this England team actually perform. What I want to see is an all-court game full of nous, tempo, risk and rugby intelligence.

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My other caveat is full back George Furbank, who endured a difficult debut in Paris and could come under even more pressure at Murrayfield. I will admit I haven't seen enough of him under the high ball to be really confident in that department. Within the England camp they might be fully confident but I'm just not sure.

The back-three combination of Furbank, Daly and May looks small and lightweight and could come under massive pressure from Scotland's kicking game.

a group of football players on a field: George Furbank (C) had a tough day against France and will be under pressure vs Scotland © Provided by Daily Mail George Furbank (C) had a tough day against France and will be under pressure vs Scotland

England have signalled their intentions for a 'must-win' game by naming a 6-2 split on the bench with heavyweights Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes poised to add even more power to proceedings if needed. I'm not sure I would risk a 6-2 split if I felt there were question marks over the back three defensively.

Before the game in Paris, Jones spoke about brutality and physicality — which I wasn't happy with — but I'm looking for deeds not words this time. 

I expect the England forwards to produce a very powerful, controlling performance, which they must if they are to prevail. Mako Vunipola was always going to return at loosehead — I'm still not sure why he was left out against France — and England's best second-row combination is the Saracens pair of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, back together.

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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD : A massive win for Wales and, make no bones about it, a massive setback for England and Eddie Jones. Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards should be praised for getting Wales firing. England 's kicking game went to pot and was well dealt with by Wales' back three.

England 's shock 24-17 defeat to France has cast big doubts over whether they're capable of winning the Six Nations. Sir Clive Woodward , Dylan Hartley England were unable to exert the physical dominance Eddie Jones had expected. The team were lacklustre as they fell to a 24-17 defeat to the

Although the back row doesn't look ideally balanced to me, at least Lewis Ludlam looks at home at blindside flanker and let's hope he can play as well as he's talked this week.

Eddie Jones standing on a baseball field: I want less words and more deeds from Eddie Jones after his talk of 'brutality' last week © Provided by Daily Mail I want less words and more deeds from Eddie Jones after his talk of 'brutality' last week

At scrum-half, Willie Heinz has been given the nod ahead of Ben Youngs. They are both experienced players who perform best behind a pack that is going well. The issue, though, is who will succeed them: where have all England's No 9s gone?

I like the look of the George Ford, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Joseph triumvirate, especially if the weather is as bad as forecast. 

That's when you need two world-class kickers at 10 and 12 and they do not get any better than these two. England have won 15 of the 17 games when they start together. Whether the elements will allow running rugby, we will have to see.

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France wing Rattez ruled out of Six Nations with broken leg .
Vincent Rattez, a try-scorer against England, will play no further part in the Six Nations for France.The 27-year-old sustained the injury during the closing stages of Sunday's 35-22 home win over Italy.

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