Ruthless England thrash Ireland in World Cup warm-up

Ross Houston
August 26, 2019

Coach Eddie Jones declined to be drawn on whether the Ford-Farrell-Tuilagi axis would be his preferred combination for the World Cup, with now injured centre Henry Slade also very much in the mix with Farrell potentially moved back to flyhalf.

Blockbusting English loose forward Billy Vunipola is "better than Kieran Read" and is now the world's best No. 8, according for a former Irish global.

"On his day he is practically unplayable and if your tactical gambit is to try and rush him and chop tackle him before he gets up a head of steam your biggest problem will be just exactly where he pops up on the pitch", Francis wrote.

Billy Vunipola in action against another top worldwide No 8, South Africa's Duane Vermeulen.

The greatest danger England faced was not from impotent Ireland but sunburn as Twickenham roasted in temperatures that peaked at 30 degrees, yet they were well equipped for broiling conditions having spent 10 days in a heat camp in Treviso.


"In economic terms, our economists class a recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth in GDP".

"A change has to be made here because he has become one-paced".

Curry, 21, and Bath's Underhill, 23, are open-side flankers, but Jones has named the Sale man to start on the blind-side in England's World Cup warm-up against Ireland this afternoon.

By comparison, Ireland's loose forwards " seems to have no cohesion, dynamism or flair".

Ireland have less than a month before what should be a testing World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama, albeit their celtic rivals have been less than convincing in their own warm-up games.


"There were times we could have taken our foot off the accelerator", he said.

"But, even so, that's not an excuse for us, it's just the reality of where we're at".

"As long as they keep the right work ethic, they'll keep getting better".

'He didn't respond, but he told me he saw it.

Rory Best felt Ireland are "nowhere near where we need to be" after a heavy defeat against England.


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