Stuart Barnes says England are on course for World Cup challenge after memorable Six Nations

Stuart Barnes says England are on course for World Cup challenge after memorable Six Nations

This was one of the best Six Nations tournaments of the century.

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David Short says...

England do look to be on the right track,improving year on year.They have a very hard tour infront of them this summer,and IF and its a BIG IF they can win one test against the ABs in New Zealand .They will put down another marker imo,for RWC 2015.Ireland are deserved 6Ns champions,and i can see JS resting quite a few players this summer like POC,Best ,even Sexton.He will be looking to develop depth in his squad,and find a new center pairing.The squad he takes will be a strong one ,As i see players like Zebo,Bowe,Fitzgerald ect all touring come the summer France are the biggest enigma in the game .One match they are DIRE the next they can be superb.PSA really has to fnd a gameplan the players can buy into.At the moment that doesnt look like its happening.The good performance against Ireland ,came about because the PLAYERS THEMSELVES WHERE ANGRY,with the press ect they had received.Not though any efforts of PSA and his team..

Posted 17:33 24th March 2014

Patrick Ronayne says...

With bod playing his last game for Ireland and Darcy soon to follow do Ireland need to change the way they approach the tackle area and the selection of the back row. Friday saw the return of Stephen ferris and sob to return soon do Ireland have to stick with pom and Henry? Because of the loss of two flankers in the centers. My opionion is that they need Henry or Pom and have one of the wrecking balls on the bench

Posted 11:22 18th March 2014

David Mckeown says...

Stuart I'd be really interested in your view on the overall quality of passing in northern hemisphere rugby . Watching the six nations there was so much slow , imprecise and inaccurate passing moves , which makes offense so staccato . I wonder if you think this is a fair point , and why it seems the Southern Hemisphere teams look so much slicker with the ball .

Posted 17:36 17th March 2014

Chris Collins says...

Hi Stuart. I've been extremely impressed with the way in which this team is being built and moulded. The earlier comment by Warwick Trepnor just does not stand up to scrutiniy. There is an excellent long term plan with players brought in on form rather than reputation and we currently look more dangerous ball in hand than I have ever seen us. I felt that Luther Burrell was very hard done by in being taken off for Manu Tuilagi so early in the second half and feel that Jonny May is struggling a little at the moment to really establish himself. He undoubtedly has the talent but is a little undercooked. Do you have an estimated time for Alex Corbisiere to be fit once more. Our scrum was ok against Italy but we are missing a real strength in order to make it a weapon at the moment. One final point, who takes the armband if Chris Robshaw becomes injured and leaves the field? He is a real asset in leading the team but I am not sure we have the right characters in the second and back row to take over should we need it.

Posted 11:00 17th March 2014

John Pearce says...

Hi Stuart, Where do you stand on the issue of the best position for Manu Tuilagi to fill - Centre or wing? It would seem harsh to break up the Burrell/Twelvetrees axis after the 6 nations.

Posted 10:56 17th March 2014

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