6 Nations 2024 – England completes its great revolution despite the defeat against the XV of France

Third in the last World Cup but so far sitting on an erratic playing field, the England team, certainly beaten at the gong by the Blues, is on the verge of accomplishing its metamorphosis.

Don’t trust Steve Borthwick’s soft voice and shy smile. Without saying a word, Eddie Jones’ successor at the head of the XV de la Rose is in fact on the verge of revolutionizing the game of the England team, ranked Sthird in the last World Cup in France. Shall we explain to you? In recent weeks, we have initially questioned the decision taken by the former Bath second row to exclude Freddie Steward from the British starting fifteen. After all, Leicester’s last bastion is a proud athlete, who is also blessed with a technique under high balls unlike any other on the international circuit. But in Borthwick’s eyes, said Freddie was not sufficiently daring, dynamic and creative to offer his team an offensive dimension worthy of the name. In the wake of this sidelining having widely moved the vox populi across the Channel, the English coach then launched George Furbank against Ireland (23-22), the Saints fullback giving him back that day. confidence a hundredfold. To be honest, the decision surrounding the Steward case was especially accompanied by multiple adjustments in the animation and, since then, we have had all the difficulty in the world recognizing England having committed such a World Cup under the beautiful sky of Gaul sluggish, in terms of play.

On this subject, the Anglo-Saxon press is also unanimous and on Sundaythe prestigious Guardian stated: “There is no doubt: England is in much better shape has this day thatshe was not at the start of the Tournament. For the first time in a long time, our rugby players are on the upward slope. Ben Earl, Many Itoje, George Martin et Ollie Chessum can embody the foundations of a very serious forward package. And behind, Ollie Lawrence, Marcus Smith, Tomy Freeman et Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (absent from the last Crunch because of a commotion cerebral, Editor’s note) possess technique, speed and power. These will be encore better next year. In the bowels of the Lyon stadium, captain Jamie George, although marked by the scars of defeat, said nothing else: “Recently, we have made enormous progress. Before the competition, we wanted to recreate the link with the supporters and their regive a smile. I think it is From now on done. Of course, there is the disappointment of not winning the Tournament even though it was a goal. But we have shown by sequences thatand we have in U.S the quality to do it, in the short term: after having more than competed with Ireland in the duels, we were very often on par with the French forward pack, in my eyes the strongest in the world. J‘ai SO looking forward to seeing what the future holds We reservatione”.

6 Nations 2024 – Ollie Lawrence scored a double against the French XV.

6 Nations 2024 – Ollie Lawrence scored a double against the French XV.
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Ollie Lawrence, the Middle Kingdom

If the Rose still counts on the experience of its oldest furnaces, whether they are called Dan Cole, Joe Marler, Henry Slade or George Ford, it has therefore at the same time accelerated its metamorphosis and on Saturday evening, in Lyon, the capital performance of Bath’s three-quarter center Ollie Lawrence was the perfect example: author of two tries, one of which was flattened after tearing Gaël Fickou’s tackle, this powerful attacker (24 years old, 1.81m and 100 kg) marked the French defense with a hot iron and was, with winger Tommy Freeman, one of the great men of this meeting, on the English side. Regarding the said Lawrence, whom Racing 92 and Stade Français had once wanted to enlist, we will simply say that he has in him everything it takes to make English supporters forget that Manu Tuilagi is currently firing his last cartridges at the level international.

At the twilight of the Crunch we are talking about, it was also written in the columns of the Telegraph: “What happy timing to see, at a time when Manu Tuilagi is heading towards the end of his international career, that England are unveiling another stripper linebreaker! LyonOllie Lawrence took responsibility, destroying everything in his path et making without saying it a beautiful tribute to the trademark of the Tuilagi”. At the end, and on the subject of this England embarrassed by Italy, beaten by Scotland but more than attractive for two weeks, we will leave the conclusion to coach Steve Borthwick: In my opinion, we were not beaten by the France team. We just ran out of time that night…” That’s one way of looking at things…

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