Thursday, 28 February 2013
The logic, if you can call it that, appears to be that somehow defeat would make the team more determined to win the 2015 World Cup, the argument being that England missed out on Grand Slams on the final day of the championship in 1999, 2000 and 2001, all of which, apparently, led to World Cup success in 2003.
It is, of course, utter bilge.
The opportunity to win a Grand Slam does not come along very often especially, it seems, for England and when it does come along it must be seized with both hands. If England did manage to beat Italy at home and then Wales in Cardiff (hardly a gimme) there's no arguing that it would be anything other than a huge achievement and, quite rightly, would set the standard by which the England team would be judged in the future - exactly is how it should be, of course.
As long as the RFU don't do anything stupid like pre-ordering Grand Slam t-shirts...