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Out-muscled, OUT-thought, OUT-maneuvered, OUT-scrummed….You can go on, and but England are OUT of their World Cup.

Australia are proving just why they are a force in this World Cup and why they always would be. Remarkable turnaround over the last 12 months and more so battle ready as they have played a play-off game every game. They have a scrum, something that was never there and a dead-eye goal kicker who has a habit of scoring lots of tries and if you think the tries Foley scored against the English were fluke, have a look at his Waratahs record.

Australia set the benchmark and combining a strong forward pack which includes a set of the most dangerous back row forwards in World (Michael Hooper and David Pocock), the rest of the world can see why they are the real deal. While many feel the two can only be countered by another fetcher, it is not so to a very large extent. Australia only managed just two more turnover than England. The difference was how those turnovers were used.

The pair won Australia the Rugby Championship and they will prove key going forward provided Hooper will not be cited. Failure to get to the breakdown quickly and secure your own ball and make a meaningful clean every time will give the fetchers the same excitement every woman gets when she see’s a SALE!

Credit must also go to Michael Cheika for fixing a handicap. He called in Ledesma who is from Argentina, a World Cup semifinalist and part of the feared Argentinian scrum.

Australia managed to garner over five penalties at the scrum time against England and when they dominated that facet they were in pole position to win. Michael Cheika is a serial winner. Leinster,

Waratahs and Australia have seen this. Can he now deliver the Rugby World Cup? It will surely make him the greatest rugby union coach ever.

Imagine Australia had Nick White at this World Cup? Score could have exploded into the 50’s, as Phibbs continued to show poor form.

Where to now for England? It will be surprising to see Stuart Lancaster continue his role as head coach with Jim Mallinder, Nick Mallett (again), John Mitchell, Jake White some of the names being thrown around to take over.

Knocked out at home should be a devastating feeling especially for a country that is proud and at times arrogant like the English.

The next match up against Uruguay would do well to feature George Ford, Henry Slade, Joe Launchbury, Anthony Watson among many! Spare a thought for the England players who have have to endure a torrid time not just from the legends in their game but from their vicious media which takes no prisoners.

Known for talking up their team and then dismantling it. To be fair England have the players and while rules have prevented them from selecting Steffon Armitage and Nick Abendanon, you can add the ill-disciplined pair of Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley who would have added X-factor to their side especially at the stage when England trailed by a single score.

Lancaster will need to have quite a lot of introspection into selections especially with the hype around Sam Burgess and how he was picked over Kyle Eastmond and Luther Burrell.

The biggest criticism England can get at this stage is why let a lead of 22-12 slip when you had Wales on the ropes. That loss and not this one to Australia compounded their exit. Will Lancaster remain in the hot seat? I would keep the man, but I don’t make that call.

He has not just built a team. He has built an identity and he has allowed the English to have; not just an exciting brand but a group of players. England regained an identity. What the Rugby Football Union will decide now will either take England back to the top or destroy them for good.

A disastrous World Cup can be fixed, question is- What will England do to fix theirs? Wales will likely finish second and face a daunting Springbok side that is slowly building momentum, it is the matter of how Southern hemisphere sides continue to rule the roost.

A few hours ago a story broke out which has shaken up England rugby, or in essence is set to shake it up. The source Inferno Production say they have evidence and will be sourcing it to the various outlets. What we have is a few snippets of the comments and RuggaWorld will attach them in the comments section.

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The English have a knack for drama and this is evidence of this. Enjoy fans!

 

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  1. Lmao now watch all the kak and drama unfold. Overrated fools. Pride comes before a fall.

    I must say I got no idea why they rate that burgess so highly he’s not a unions vebtres arse. Eastmond and twelvetrees much better. Maybe he’s a flanker but he’s not big enough got a big ballcarrier

  2. @cab: He is a tank in hits. Not the worst defender. I rate Eastmond, Burrell & England’s version of Zane Kirchner 12Trees. He was expected to be an SBW. He never managed.

  3. Nice article BC – helps understand how this happened. After the Watson try, England were 7 points behind and seemingly on the comeback with 15 min to go. However the lost in translation moment between Veldsman and Poite resulting in the Farrell YC put paid to that. It seemed the longer the French English and Capey English was misinterpreted the worse the penalty became. Could have ended as a RC if the conversation had gone on. *dash* I was even left thinking that the bumbling officials had sent the wrong guy off – wasn’t the Leagie Burgess in the wrong?

  4. BC, three things standout from your piece. Ledesma has turned the Aussie tight five from being a weakness into a strength, the Hooper-Pocock combination is sometimes deadly and Foley is a class flyhalf.

    I never rated Foley as a Carter/Wilkinson/Larkham but yes, when I followed your advice and checked it out , his Waratah stats of 17 matches, 5 tries, 33 conversions and 32 penalties was better than other S15 flyhalves. And surprise, surprise Foley was there in Sydney when the Wallabies won TRC beating NZ 27-19 and was missing the following week when the All Blacks towelled the Aussies 41-13 in the deciding Bledisloe Cup game.

    However both the Hooper-Pocock combination and the improved Wallaby scrum could not stop the avalanche of points the Aussies gave up in their 29th year of losing in Auckland.

  5. @out wide: It was quite interesting to watch him over the year. Quite a good 10 who went under radar of the crazy Quade who has lost it & the Brumbies’ Lealifano.

    Accurate goal kicker, eye for the line and can defend. A decent general. Bledisloe II had no Pooper (Pocock benched, Douglas influence at scrum minimised and no Foley) & and an angry NZ side you can see it was a tough task.

    Australia are looking good and could go very far. England didnt help themselves but Wales game had to be won. Australia its on them really. Plus any World Cup played in England has been won by Australia.

  6. Last week I questioned the continued belief that England are supposedly the leading light of the Northern Hemisphere teams, seems they were nothing more than never beens and also rans.

    All they have to show after 4 years under Lancaster is a victory over the ABs that stands out, no 6 Nations titles, losses to fellow Northern Hemisphere teams abound, and yet, the media talked them up. Just goes to show, a team cannot suddenly transform into something it has not been for 4 years.

    Kudos to Cheika though, he has, in less than a year, done wonders with an Ausie team in disarray and transformed them into a team of contenders. Well done to them.

  7. @Craven:

    “a team cannot suddenly transform into something it has not been for 4 years.”

    If all things stay the same of course.

  8. @Craven: Cheika’s a master. Turned the Tahs & Aus around. What stands out for England is lots of off field Krap & 2/3 on field fixed, but little more on field which aint good enough.

  9. @Benedict Chanakira:

    Agree, thing is England have the players, the money, everything. But they just cannot kick on in a 2003 England way. Will be interesting to see what they do now.

  10. @Craven: 100% . I would like SL t change management and an ultimatum. Win 6N or you out. He wanted to select Armitage + Abendanon but RFU told him off. They have their best chance at 2019. Talented squad that.

  11. Before the WC started, I had:
    QF1: SA vs. England (which SA would win) – Eng now replaced with Wales 40/60 against us.
    QF2: NZ vs. France (NZ to win)
    QF3: Ireland vs Arg (Arg to win)
    QF4: Aus vs. Scotland (which Aus will win).

    This way SA and Argentine will go for 3rd place play-off; and NZ & Aus will play for cup.

  12. @Bekke: I had England in final with Aus. We will have to change that up. Will post an updated shot.

    Eddie Jones considering Eng job now.

  13. @Benedict Chanakira: I told you not to put any faith in Poms, you just cannot trust a Pom BC, on Eddie…jajajaja….he just signed with Stromers, all English media that cannot hype up there useless team now they go and start looking for a coach…

    At best Jones was taken out of context but me think a load of crap

  14. @Bekke: Only two teams beaten NZ in the last two years…Springboks and Aussies, both matches away from home for AB….

    AB gets the same fever as English got in WC’s. They almost flooked it in 2011 against a shit Frog team at home….

    This thing is wide open, but I will stick with my January prediction…Aussies to win WC 2015 *rofl*

  15. @Jacques (Bunny): haha you,Cab, Craven and others have told me. So much talent. I know Eng media. i hope SL gets a year. Jones must not behave weirdly. Jake + Him are like that.

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