Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Anticipation...

And so the November internationals are almost upon us and the scribes are out in force, telling Stuart Lancaster who he should pick, insisting that England win every game and proclaiming that Twickenham must be turned into a fortress, or some such guff.

As usual there is clamour from certain circles, notably the offices of the Sunday Times, that England become bigger, meaner and nastier and revert to attempting to bully the opposition off the park. After all, that worked a treat between 2003 and 2011. Oh, wait...

I suspect that, unlike the great and the good of the broadsheet newspapers, most sensible England fans would wish only that the England team continues to improve year on year which, by and large, is what we've had so far under Stuart Lancaster.

Thankfully I get the feeling that Lancaster will rise above all the hype. I'm sure he knows full well that England weren't good enough in Cardiff in March but equally, unlike some I could mention, recognises that it isn't strictly necessary (in the words of Edwyn Collins) to  rip it up and start again.

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