England may have made a mediocre start for the Six Nations but they are the only team in the first two rounds to claim a win and now, with two home games on the jump, they are in a very strong position to challenge the championship.
I cannot see Eddie Jones making many changes for the Ireland game. His decision seems to have been made with regard to Tom Curry at number 8, although he clearly misses the point.
Of course Curry can go well at number 8 – he is a great rugby player – but by playing there, England robs himself of possibly the best flanker in the world.
Much attention will be focused on the two captains, Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, and I would like to see them in direct opposition on fly-half.
I have not always been a supporter of Farrell at number 10 for England, simply because I always want two playmakers and George Ford and Farrell offer that. But the World Cup Final convinced me to change my mind.
My main reason for switching is that although Farrell is an accomplished number 12, he is one of & # 39; the world's best tens and that is where England needs him.
Look at it in a different way; I'm sure Sexton could make a very decent Test 12, but why would Ireland have a problem with that if he played 10? I feel that if an Ireland or indeed a Lions coach asked Sexton to play in the middle, he might get a very short and immediate answer!
Farrell in top form at 10 can continue a team, as we saw during England & # 39; s excellent win over Ireland in Dublin last season.
Midfield that day was Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade and, all in all, that game is still the best display under the Jones regime, even better than the semi-final against New Zealand.
It would be tough for Ford, but Test Rugby is full of difficult selection decisions. The only thing I can promise you is Farrell's father, Andy, would be happy to see his son 12 and not 10 playing!
In observing Sexton and Farrell, I want an aspect of both their brand and ups. They are good captains – although not as experienced as leaders – but they do not properly treat or honor the referees, something that is traditionally considered an essential part of the captain. Although for me the most responsibility of a captain comes into play during training and building.
Both are fiery characters who have a lot to say on the field, but it is fascinating and sometimes funny to see them move from one extreme to the other with the referees.
On some occasions they are clever, combative and use their position as captains to question almost every decision, while on other occasions they appreciate that they can be a bit full – furthermore they try the diplomatic, almost compliant approach, where they keep their real cruel for what they regard as a grade of injustice.
I am not sure if both work. Martin Johnson was a great captain, but he was not a very good manager and cajoler of referees and I am polite.
I've always assigned that task to someone else, normally the scrum half, and Matt Dawson was excellent at it.
The thing about scrum halves – all of which are frustrated referees – is that although only the captain is meant to talk to the referee, the No. 9 develops a natural dialogue during a game. They work with and constantly talk to the referee at scrums while the lineouts are formed and at the base of rucks or mauls. It is very easy and not controversial for a scrum half to have a quiet word with the ref.
I have always asked Matt to loudly repeat all the referee's instructions and pass them on to the team, primarily because the referee wants all players to hear it and those instructions must be followed, and second, it gives the impression that the party is listening to him and is working hard to make his calls.
The scrum half is in charge of all the referees' instructions and the quasi-coaching that continues – & # 39; back foot, hands away, go back to the side, let go, use the & # 39; – really works and so many referees said to me and publicly that they enjoyed coaching England & # 39; while the players seemed to listen to and obey their instructions.
I think Conor Murray plays a similar role for Ireland, taking Johnny away from the heat. I would like Ben Youngs or Willie Heinz to do it a bit more.
My other early thought of this game is: what an opportunity for Andy Farrell to go back to Twickenham as the man in charge of Ireland
He made a great start this season as a head coach and, although I believe England will win, I would also love to see an English coach like Farrell who takes such a remarkable scalp.
We really have a number of exceptional English coaches.
& # 39; Liverpool has disappeared for 29 years without the title and there is no reason why Man United will not suffer the same & # 39 ;: Sir Geoff Hurst says the Old Trafford club does not only bounce back to size, despite £ 150 million spending
- Man United spent £ 150 million in the summer for three new players
- It's the newest remodeling assignment in Old Trafford while they trying to return to the top four
- He says that United may go three decades without winning the title as Liverpool
But hero 1966 Sir Geoff Hurst believes that such an edition is no guarantee of success
The thought of South Africa in an expanded Six Nations is alarming and would be alarming to the detriment of rugby development in Europe. I would like to ask the Six Nations and World Rugby authorities to think again.
It would be a textbook example of possible short-term financial gain that replaces the much greater need to develop European rugby. We need to turn the Six Nations into a well-structured, coherent, continental championship with promotion and relegation. It could and should become an integral part of a European structure of international rugby that would see a huge development in the game and ultimately produce many more players and teams.
The big irony is of course that such a progressive Six Nations, which embraces the rest of Europe with a vibrant powerhouse second division from which ambitious teams can be promoted, are halfway and long term far more financially viable and lucrative than the proposed annexation of South Africa to the competition.
Europe is the largest long-term market. We may have left Europe politically, but in sports and rugby terms we have to stay close.
South Africa parachuting to the Six Nations after the World Cup 2023 would be a backward, counter-intuitive step and feel that something emerged from one of those blue-sky weekend meetings with & # 39; decision- & # 39;
As a reigning world champion, South Africa is currently bringing a lot to the table and perhaps trying to use it as leverage, but rugby must adopt a long-term strategic strategy
Has anyone other than the number -Crunchers really thought about this in terms of player well-being and the huge dent it would make in the wallet of supporters?
With all these annual competitions against the Springboks, November tests and summer tours, Lions trips to South Africa would also be redundant.
The November tests will be old, just like lion tours to South Africa
The biggest problem of course – and we have discussed this endlessly – is that the Six Nations is not run by the world administration, World Rugby or one of its continental subsidiaries.
It is a historic competition, but the reality is that it is a private, inviting, commercially driven company that has no reason to promote rugby in the rest of Europe, let alone the world.
The assignment is to maximize the profit for the six member unions, which are usually used to finance club play in those countries.
World Rugby must be strong enough to manage the game globally. If different & # 39; private & # 39; competitions may dictate policy and become decision-makers, where does that leave the governing body behind?
The Six Nations must be for the whole of Europe if officials are serious about the growth of
The logical – and fair – thing to do is to introduce a system of promotion and relegation with the annual winner of the Rugby Europe Championship (REC), normally Georgia, although Romania, Spain and Russia have all been hard pressed in recent seasons.
I accept such promotion and relegation in in the first instance, a play-off must take place between the Six Nations & # 39; bottom team and the top team from REC, but in the end we have to make it automatically. That's how league systems work in sports around the world.
These countries cannot go anywhere, their way has been cut off artificially for far too long.
The Five Nations helped Romanian dead rugby by never considering their inclusion in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Six Nations could be accused of doing the same with Georgia if they didn't have the chance get to develop.
Spain is a rugby nation awaiting the event when the huge sports community there thought there was some prospect of a fair blow from the whip.
Portugal currently has some great young backs, but most are amateurs who retire to become doctors or lawyers if their national team is still muzzled and discouraged from making that daring leap.
Unfortunately, the team that ends under the REC immediately goes into a relegation-play-off match against the winners of R EC2 while the top team is not allowed to take on a challenge for a place in the Six Nations. That is intrinsically unfair.
If relegation and promotion were part of the Six Nations, it is quite possible that Italy and Scotland had produced much stronger and more consistent sides in recent years. That is the advantage that is never considered.
Trying to avoid an annual promotion / relegation play-off game against Georgia would beautifully concentrate the mind and galvanize their teams.
There would no longer be any safety net. How refreshing for the tournament.
calls for England's football legend Jimmy Greaves to be stepped up on Tuesday evening as prominent politicians closed to the sports stars support Sportsmail & # 39; s campaign .
Former conservative party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has written to the cabinet that Greavsie is recognized for all his achievements in a remarkable career.
MP Sir Iain, a Spurs fan, said it was wrong that Greaves, who turns 80 next week, did not receive as much as an MBE despite scoring more goals in the top flight than any other English soccer player.
Politicians and sports stars come together to honor Jimmy Greaves
Former Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith wrote to the cabinet to help the campaign
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson (left) and Lord Sugar (right) say Greaves needs recognition
While hundreds of readers contacted the Daily Mail to give their support, other major hitters supporting Sportsma il & # 39; s & # 39; Give Greavsie a Gong & # 39; campaign were former England manager Roy Hodgson and Alan Shearer, all-time top scorer in the Premier League.
L ord Sugar, the former Tottenham president, also said that Greaves deserved an honor for his skills as a footballer and for his work in recovering alcoholics.
On Tuesday evening, Sir Iain wrote to the Cabinet – which can pass nominations for honors to the relevant committees – paying attention to the goal record of Greaves, his charity work and his work in entertainment.
He said: “It has been a long time since Jimmy Greaves had to be recognized for the role in which he played the development of football in this country.
Greaves (left) remains one of the best attackers to England ever managed to produce
The former Tottenham star (right) became a popular TV personality after his retirement
WHO SHOULD ACCEPT THE HONOR FOR JIMMY?
Nominations that pass through the cabinet are then discussed by an independent honors committee.
Greaves' nomination would go to the sports committee, chaired by Sir Hugh Robertson, president of the British Olympic Association.
If approved, it would be discussed by the main honors committee, chaired by Sir Jonathan Stephens, Northern Ireland Permanent Secretary Office /
& # 39; someone who has fought against his own demons and has given his community back enormously. Jimmy Greaves is one of the reasons why people like me felt so attracted to football. He broke a new path in the style of playing English.
& # 39; He was the first true English footballer to become an international icon and to lead the way for English players who have now started playing for foreign teams. It is time for him to get recognition. & # 39;
Like Sportsmail launches a petition to be presented to the government, Lord Sugar, star of BBC show The Apprentice, added his support and said: & # 39 ; Jimmy was one of the biggest goal scorers ever. One of the best at Spurs. He was a natural.
& # 39; Loved by managers, players, and fans, and to this day a great ambassador for the club. He deserves a gong for services to football.
& # 39; For that he must be recognized, as well as all the great work he has done in recovering alcoholics. & # 39;
Hodgson was also pleased to be back our campaign. He said: & # 39; I am more than happy to give my vote to a campaign to get Jimmy and his achievements recognized. If he had not been injured, there was no doubt that he would have been a World Cup winner and his status was already assured.
As part of the Sportsmail campaign, former teammates had their time with Greaves narrated
& # 39; He was hugely important to those large Spurs side of the sixties and sixties and its achievements must be celebrated. If this campaign succeeds, you earn yourself. & # 39;
All-time Premier League scorer, Alan Shearer, said: & # 39; His record is amazing and everyone will tell you how phenomenal he was. & # 39;
Former Tottenham Star and Wales Manager Mike England: & # 39; It's great to see what the Daily Mail is trying to do for Jimmy because of the love and affection that this remarkable football player has in held by his teammates, both as a man and as a player.
& # 39; He is a nice guy and has a great sense of humor. He was already on the team as the best scorer of his time when I arrived at Spurs in 1966 to play with him for five seasons. He was the Messi of his day. The reports show how productive he was. His gifts as a scorer were instinctive. You can't learn what he had.
& # 39; My favorite photo from my football career was the two of us in 1967 after winning the FA Cup, which at that time had a sponsorship with the Milk Marketing Board. I saw the photo and said, "Jimmy, we just won the FA Cup and you don't even smile!"
& # 39; He said: & # 39; I know, they just let me drink milk! "Of course at that time he preferred something stronger!
& # 39; Some of us loved the fitness of training. We enjoyed running. I was one. Jimmy wasn't like that. He would shout at us to delay our laps.
& # 39; I remember manager Bill Nicholson telling him to track more. Jimmy said, "But who scores the goals? I wouldn't have the energy to do that if I chased lost balls." Because it was Jimmy, Bill Nick admitted that it was a reasonable point. & # 39;
Julian Knight, the conservative MP for Solihull and newly elected chairman of the digital, culture, media and sports committee, said: & # 39; Jimmy is a legend on and next to the field. He fought against both demons and defenders. At a time when we seem to have a multitude of sporty ladies and knights, it seems like a huge overview that Jimmy has no lord to his name. & # 39;
Clive Betts, president of the all-party group on football, also demanded that Greaves receive a prize. The MP said, "Jimmy brought a special kind of excitement to football."
Greaves is England's biggest scorer in the top flight and scored 357 times. He is the largest goal scorer of Tottenham (266) and the fourth highest scorer of England of all time (44).
Greaves is England's biggest scorer in the top flight who scored 357 times in his career
This includes a record of six hat tricks in England in an incredible 34 hat tricks in the career. His average of 0.69 goals per game is the best since the Second World War.
He also made a groundbreaking transfer to AC Milan in 1961 – which allowed English football players to pave the way in foreign teams.
Greaves has also been praised for his charity work, much aware of it through his own battles with alcohol.
He has rebuilt his life and has not touched a drop since 1978. Over the past four decades, he has helped addicts, mainly alcoholics, and has given away most of his English caps to charities to raise money.
After retiring from football, he became a TV personality and took part in popular one-man theater shows that were still sold out when he was hit by a stroke in 2015.
THE HUNDREDS OF FOOTBALL PEOPLE HONORED IN THE YEARS
FA President 1890-37, President 1923-37
Stanley Rous (1949)
FIFA President 1961-74
Stanley Matthews (1965 )
Alf Ramsey (1967)
Matt Busby (1968)
Walter Winterbottom (1978)
First English manager
Bert Millichip (1991 )
FA Chair 1981-96
Bobby Charlton (1994)
Tom Finney (1998)
Geoff Hurst (1998)
Alex Ferguson (1999)
Bobby Robson (2002)
Trevor Brooking (2004)
Dave Richards (2006)
Premier League presides in 1999-present
Kenny Dalglis h (2018)
Heather Rabbatts (2016)
FA Director 2011 -17
Sue Campbell (2020)
Women's Football Head FA, 2016-18, Women's Football Director 2018-present
Billy Wright (1959)
Jock Stein (1970)
Ron Greenwood (1981)
Craig Brown (1999)
Jimmy Armfield (2010)
Hope Powell (Hope) 2010)
Paul Elliott (2010)
Services for equality and diversity in football.
Denis Law (2016)
Francis Lee (2016) [FrancisLee(2016)
Alan Shearer (2016)
David Gill (2019)
Richard Scudamore (2019)
] Tommy Walker (1960)
Hearts legend, first player to score a goal on live tv
Bobby Moore (1967)
Gordon Banks (1970)
Don Revie (1970)
George Eastham (1973)
Jack Charlton (1974)
Bill Shankly (1974)
Bill Nicholson (1975)
Cliff Lloyd (1975)
PFA chief executive 1953 – 81
Jack Taylor (1975)
1974 World Cup Final Referee
Joe Mercer (1976)
Bob Paisley (1977)
Emlyn Hughe s (1980)
Kevin Keegan (1982)
Bryan Robson (1990)
Brian Clough (1991)
Peter Shilton (1991)
Gary Lineker (1992)
Gordon Strachan (1993)
Nat Lofthouse (1994)
Jimmy Hill (1995)
] Walter Smith (1997)
Garth Crooks (1999)
John Motson (2001)
Graham Taylor (2002)
David Beckham (2003)
Mark Hughes (2004)
Martin O & # 39; Neill (2004)
] Geoff Thompson (2007)
FA Chairman 1999-08, FIFA vice-president 2007-11
Ryan Giggs (2007)
Bob Wilson (2008)
Des Lynam (2008 )
Gordon Taylor (2008)
Ra chel Yankey (2014)
Brendon Batson (2015)
Huw Jenkins (2015)
Swansea Chairman 2002-19
Frank Lampard (2015)
Steve Gibson (2016)
Middlesbrough owner 1994-present
Chris Coleman (2017)
Jermain Defoe (2018)
Harry Gregg (2019)
Gareth Southgate (2019)
Norman Creek (1943)
Jimmy Dickinson (1964 )
764 Portsmouth performances
Billy McNeill (1974)
Celtic & # 39; s Lisbon Lions captain
Alan Mullery (1975)
Pat Jennings (1976)
John Greig (1977)
The & # 39; Greatest Ever Ranger & # 39;
Terry Paine (1977)
Tommy Smith (1977)
Martin Peters (1978)
Billy Bingham (1981)
John Toshack (1982)
Mick Mills (1984)
Steve Perryman (1984)
Ray Clemence (1987)
Billy Bonds (1988)
Willie Miller (1991)
David Narey (1992)
Ray Wilkins (1993)
Gary Mabbutt (1994)
Ally McCoist (1994)
Peter Beardsley (1995)
Neville Southal l (1996)
Debbie Bampton (1998)
John Barnes (1998)
Dario Gradi (1998)
Jim Leighton (1998)
Tony Adams (1999)
Robbie Earle (1999)
Stuart Pearce (1999)
Vi v Anderson (2000)
Alan Ball (2000)
Steve Bull (2000)
George Cohen (2000)
Roger Hunt (2000)
Nobby Stiles (2000)
Ray Wilson (2000)
Ian Wright (2000)
Tony Ford (2000)
931 competition matches.
Ted Bates (2001)
& Southampton & # 39; – player, manager, director, president
Alan Knight (2001)
Most games for a club by a goalkeeper (801, Portsmouth)
Gary McAllister (2002)
Tom Boyd (2002)
Shaun Goater (20 03)
Barry Davies (2005)
Colin Bell (2005)
Clyde Best (2006)
Les Ferdinand (2006)
Barry Ferguson (2006)
Lawrie McMenemy (2006)
Steven Gerrard (2007)
Teddy Sheringham (2007)
Cyrille Regis (2008)
David Healy (2008)
Ivor Powell (2008)
Kelly Smith (2008)
Jason Roberts (2010)
Tony Carr (2010)
West Ham academy director 1973-2014
Gary Speed (2010)
Bert Williams (2010)
Howard Webb (2011)
David James (2012)
Noel Bailie (2013).
1,013 Linfield Gigs
Pat Rice (2013)
James Chalmers (2015).
President of the Football Safety Officers & # 39;
Casey Stoney (2015)
Rachel Anderson (2016)
UK & # 39; s First female FIFA license agent
Emma Hayes (2016)
Steph Houghton (2016)
Brian Lee (2016)
National League President 2007-15
Jacqui Oatley (2016)
Marieanne Spacey (2016)
91 England caps
Fara Williams (2016)
Michele Adams (2017) [Mich45 Adams]
Karen Carney (2017)
Steven Davis (2017)
Marina Dolman (2017)
Bristol City President 1977- present
Sian Massey-Ellis (2017)
Michael O & # 39; Neill (2017)
Alex Scott (2017)
Sara Booth (2018 )
Former Northern Irish Captain
Jess Fishlock (2018)
First player to win 100 Wales caps (male or female)
Eric Harrison (2018)
Class of 92 & # 39; s academy coach
Roisin Wood (2018)
Kick It Out CEO 2011-present
David Dein (2019)
Arsenal Vice-President 1983-07, FA Vice-President 2000-04
Harry Kane (2019)
Shelley Kerr (2019)
Jayne Ludlow ( 2019)
Arsenal Women record goal scorer
Gareth McAuley (2019) [GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)]
Francis Benali (2020)
Services for cancer patients
Loren Dykes (2020)
105 Wales caps
Aaron Hughes (2020)
Rose Reilly (2020)
10 Scotland caps and then unofficially won the Women's World Championship 1985 for Italy
Jill Scott ( 2020)
Craig Tho mson (2020)
Gerard Houllier (2003)
Arsene Wenger (2003)
Gianfranco Zola (2004)
Peter Schmeichel (2001)
Niall Quinn (2003)
Henrik Larsson (2006)
Names Names of official statistics. Every effort has been made to ensure that everyone who has been honored has the name
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Add your signature to give England hero Jimmy Greaves the gong he deserves.
Here we take a numerical look at the performances of Wiggins:
1 – Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France with his victory in 2012.
5 – General classification race general classification wins on the road .
8 – Wiggins has won more Olympic medals than any other Briton, with his win of eight including five gold.
13 – combined titles at the Olympic Games and UCI World Track Cycling Championships.
4:15,031 – Wiggins & # 39; Olympic record time in the individual pursuit of 2008.
3: 50,265 – the world record time of being team at winning Olympic team chase gold in Rio 2016.
3,496.9.9 – The number of kilometers rode in Wiggins & # 39; Tour de France 2012 victory.
6 – Great victories for the Wiggins development team in their first season in 2015.
2012 – Wiggins & # 39; annus mirabilis, in which he won the Tour de France, Olympic gold in the time trial on the road, the BBC & # 39; s Sport Personality of the Year award and the Velo d & # 39; Or, as well as further successes in Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine.
54,526km – the world record distance driven by Wiggins in an hour at the former Olympic London in June 2015.
2 – Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have worked together twice to win the world title Madison, in 2008 and 2016.
18 – Wiggins & Age when he won his victory first senior medal, silver in the team chase at the Commonwealth Games 1998.
120 – his position when eliminated after his first Grand Tour event, the Giro d & # 39; Italia 2003, after stage 18.
40 – Wiggin's three medals at the 2004 Olympic Games made him the first Brit to achieve that achievement in 40 years, since Mary Rand in Tokyo in 1964.
Sir Geoff Hurst leads call to honor England's biggest scorer Jimmy Greaves while his family admits & it would mean the world & # 39;
- Sir Geoff Hurst thinks his former teammate Jimmy Greaves should be recognized
- Nothing comes close to Greaves' record for goals at the highest level of English football
- Hurst and Greaves played together in both clubs level and international level
- Sportsmail now calls to give a national hero the honor it deserves
Jimmy Greaves is the biggest goalkeeper English football ever has seen once and now Sportsmail launches a campaign to honor its achievements.
Greaves turns 80 this month and there is a wonderful new documentary that pays homage to his life.
There is no better time for the nation to greet one of its best football players and & # 39; Give Greavsie a Gong & # 39; for his services to football; to let him know what he meant to so many people who were entertained by his exciting field skills and his work in television and newspapers.
England & # 39; s 1966 World Cup Final hero Sir Geoff Hurst – who replaced an injured Greaves in the tournament – said: & Jimmy was the biggest goal scorer ever in the English game.
Genius is around now, but Jimmy really deserved that epithet. He has been a good friend for over 50 years and I know he has helped many people over the years.
"He deserves recognition right now in his life. For his family and friends and fans as well as for himself. I fully support the e-mail campaign. & # 39;
Jimmy & # 39; s son Danny added: & # 39; It would mean the world to our family if he would get the recognition for entertaining millions of people for over 60 years, from the age of 14 to the age of 75 – and it would make Dad a happy man. & # 39;
Greaves scored 357 goals in the top flight of English football, a record untouched almost 49 years after the last match of his professional career.
There were also 44 goals in 57 internationals of England and he is the forgotten star of the 1966 World Cup winning team.
He was the best striker of Sir Alf Ramsey in the tournament to get injured only in the last group match. Fifteen from Ramsey & # 39; s team of 22 have since been honored for their contributions to the sport, but not for Greaves. Former Manchester United striker Denis Law said: & # 39; He should be Sir Jimmy Greaves. & # 39;
Tottenham plans to dedicate the Champions League match against RB Leipzig next week to him on the eve of his 80th and BT Sport will broadcast their broadcast documentary Greavsie for the first time, immediately after their live coverage of the match.
The highlights of that game will be short but if a former English coach who has lost in Murrayfield I can get into dirty conditions assure you that the victory will feel sweet. From the depths of despair in Paris last week, England can now relaunch their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in two weeks.
If England had lost Saturday night, it would be a very tense couple of weeks building the Irish game. Now a spring is coming and although Ireland is doing well, England, with two impressive victories over them last season, will rejoice.
It is all again to play for.
Winning in Edinburgh is never easy and winning in the rain and wind can be twice as difficult, but except for an uncertain period in the third quarter, England has it very well done. On such days, do what you need, earn the points, and move on.
It was a very old-fashioned game and you could argue that the modern player has difficulty adapting to such circumstances, but England remained calm and I felt that their body language and energy were better from the start.
It was also a better-selected team, this was the kind of match and day that you needed a Mako Vunipola and George Cross who bumped into the opposition and large units such as Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury come from the bank.
The striking highlights of England, however, were Sam Underhill, Tom Curry and Ellis Genge, who impress me every time I look at him.
Underhill was a dog on the floor standing on the floor tossed grass to win every 50-50 ball and Curry was very effective around the field, good bearing and pulling a few trademark channels.
Regarding Genge, I am not a big fan of the term & # 39; impact players & # 39; and I don't like the expression & # 39; finisher & # 39; but I admit that Genge never fails to increase the intensity and make his mark on the game when he comes off the couch. He really is a bundle of energy and although he is quite fiery, he is starting to pack it well.
The Leicester prop did indeed do very well to make its way through the line of defense of the Scots and to get England's lonely attempt. On a wet, slippery night, when it would be easy to lose possession, he cleverly tucked the ball in and protected it from disruptive opposition hands when he first contacted and then, after taking the big hits, held out his hand for the attempt.
It was good test match skills that he demonstrated there, just as valid and dangerous as stepping sideways and fainting on a drier day.
Although it is not a spectacle that will live in memory, it was fascinating to see how the modern player deals with such extreme circumstances.
Let's be clear, windy, wet weather is very difficult, but rugby is and must always be an outdoor sport and it is how you adapt to the hoof and deal with it that counts. On this occasion it was predicted well in advance and both parties had sufficient time to prepare, which helps.
When we lost in Murrayfield in 2000, a wild winter storm – in April – unexpectedly arrived shortly after the break and we did not make the mental switch to playing rugby quickly in inclement weather.
For me, England played better in the elements yesterday, although it took a while to realize that the wind was full on one side and not so bad on the other, so there was a huge variation in it how far the kicking would go. They made the necessary adjustments and started pushing the stairs lower and at the corner where Scotland fell a bit.
Scotland, with the elements, it didn't work so well. When you have a big wind behind you, the temptation is always to use it for a long kick, but that can be counterproductive. The wind takes too long, or makes direct contact or gives the defense too much time to deploy it.
Unlike when you are forced to make a clear defensive clearance, it is a much better policy to push it through with a rubber or especially when the ball is also wet and slippery. What it needed was the old kick and rush of Scotland from decades ago. & # 39; Feet Scotland, feet Scotland & # 39; as the old cry went up.
After the break, for the first 20 minutes or so, England began to repeat Scotland's mistakes from the first half. Long kick after long kick came in direct contact.
Too greedy. Willi Heinz twice, George Ford, Elliot Daly, they just didn't learn it. You cannot just leave the elements of the work, you have to make your way through the circumstances.
When, finally, England made the turn in mindset and immediately looked more composed, causing the Scotland to play back three times, it puts them under pressure. Then Ford produced that little push that put Stuart Hogg in all kinds of difficulties, and with the resulting scrum and pressure buildup, Genge embarrassed his way across
England were finally back on an even keel and were of good value to them victory. Scotland has just made too many mistakes and is now under pressure when looking at Rome in Rome, a must-win for both parties.
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: This English team bounces back from France's defeat and gets the job done against Scotland on Saturday … But why is Tom Curry still playing at number 8?
- I believe that England will closely abandon a fired Scotland team on Saturday
- This competition should galvanize England because of the consequences of a loss be so great 
- I can't understand why Tom Curry is played out of position as a No.8
- Alex Dombrandt, Nathan Hughes or Sam Simmonds should play there
- England needs a powerful, controlling screen if the team has to triumph
With one large and one small reservation, Eddie Jones has chosen a much better England team to play in Scotland on Saturday and the fact that he has made five changes suggests that he admitted that he was to blame in Paris last week.
Let's hope that his coaching and game plan has improved, along with his selection. I believe they will get the job done against a scorched Scotland.
The impact of a third defeat on the jump is so great that you will see much more energy, intensity and accuracy, even if England is clearly still not over the disappointment of their final defeat for the World Cup. This is the competition that England could and should galvanize.
My biggest reservation remains Tom Curry at nr. 8. I just don't get it. Why would you demonstrably move the best flanker in the world out of position?
Especially if you have three in-form specialist No. 8s in Alex Dombrandt, who would be my choice, Nathan Hughes and Sam Simmonds. England has great options in this position while Billy Vunipola is injured.
Some have drawn a parallel with my early days as a coach of England when I moved Lawrence Dallaglio from blindside flanker to No. 8, but the situation is completely different. Curry is a real flanker, a magnificent player and already established as a World XV contender in that position at 21. I would not sacrifice that excellence in approach and jackling for the less predictable contribution he could make at No 8.
For me, Lawrence always looked like a world class number 8, even though he played exclusively as a flanker in Test rugby before I started the England. I would say he was a more versatile, well-rounded talent and a better ball player, but without the very specialist skills that Tom shows when he follows the ball and as a ball carrier.
Lawrence was a brilliant test No. 8 in the making that improved until he became & # 39; the world's best, but Tom is already a brilliant flanker. You can always improve, but he is almost done with the article.
So supporters in England will hold their breath again. There is some dirty weather forecast and in such circumstances you want a No. 8 at ease with his game. It will be another huge test for Tom and hopefully he will get through it, but Scotland will put him under great pressure.
My other warning is completely back George Furbank, who made a difficult debut in Paris and even more pressure on Murrayfield. I have to admit that I haven't seen enough of him under the high ball to really trust that department. In the camp in England they may be completely confident, but I just don't know for sure.
The combination of Furbank, Daly and May looks small and light and can come under heavy pressure from the kicking game of Scotland.
England has its intention for a & # 39; must- win & # 39; game indicated by calling a 6-2 split on the bank and with heavy weights Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes who are ready to add more power to the procedure if necessary. I am not sure if I would risk a 6-2 split if I felt that there were three defensive question marks.
Before the Paris match, Jones spoke of brutality and physicality – which I was not happy with – but I am looking for actions and not words this time.
I expect England to produce a very powerful, controlling performance ahead of time that they must have if they want to overcome. Mako Vunipola always intended to go back on track – I'm still not sure why he was excluded from France – and the best second-row combination in England is the Saracen pair of Maro Itoje and George Cross, back together.
Although the back row doesn't look ideal to me, at least Lewis Ludlam looks at blindside flanker and let's hope he can play as well as he spoke this week.
At scrum half Willie Heinz got the nod for Ben Youngs. Both are experienced players who perform best behind a package that goes well. However, the issue is who will succeed them: where have all the 9 & # 39; s of England gone?
I like the looks of the George Ford, Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph triumvirate, especially when the weather is as bad as predicted.
That's when you need two world-class kickers at 10 and 12 and they don't get any better than these two. England has won 15 of the 17 games when they start together. We will have to see if the elements allow rugby.
The axis – depending on how moving it is. Despite the cruelty of the 25 tests that the two men played together against Australia, the location of the ceremony reflects, among other things, the long-standing friendships they made here, away from the heat of the battle.
The death of Willis in early December was the most serious of the many changes in Botham's life in recent months, which he considers when we meet in a coffee shop Melbourne .
As part of a broad conversation we discuss wine, Willis, wildfires and Ben Stokes, five-day Test cricket and his departure from Sky, since when he was largely out of sight of the public disappeared.
Botham hibernates in Melbourne, where he founded a wine company that sold a remarkable million bottles in its first full year of operations. He is enthusiastic because for the first time in half a century he is entering a year that will not be focused on cricket.
The success contrasts with the sadness he felt with the loss of someone he describes as & # 39; such as a big brother & # 39 ;, which he will honor on Friday in the buildings of their common friend, the famous Australian winemaker Geoff Merrill.
& # 39; Bob absolutely loved Australia and especially Adelaide & # 39 ;, Botham says. "There are a lot of moments that I think," Bob would like that, "or," What would he think of this? "Very often when I do the wines. I think about him a lot.
"It could be the places where we were together. Adelaide was perhaps his favorite place on the planet. He explained in his will that he would like some of his ashes. I will see it as a celebration of a great man and a good friend, and I am sure that some very good bottles will be opened. & # 39;
Because of his deeds on the cricket field and epic charity walks, it's easy to consider Botham bulletproof, but the events of the past months have made hello feel more deadly. In the last year or so he has also had to deal with both hips replaced plus spinal surgery – a legacy of the debilitating hikes along curved roads as well as the thousands of overs in his career.
We have lost some close friends over the past few months. It's been a weird time, & he says. & # 39; John Lever (former teammate from England) was at Bob's funeral and I remember being with him a few years ago at Graham Dilley's & # 39; s in Worcester.
& # 39; JK said to me: "You know what, we're starting to see each other more during these events," and of course he was right. Time is catching up. We are 64, not 34 anymore. & # 39;
He then inserts a note of lightness as he thinks about the passage of time. & # 39; I have been married for 44 years today – another miracle, & # 39; he says, smiling at wife Kath.
It might be a sign to slow down for most people, but this is Botham, he has no intention of doing something like that with his newly found freedom of the TV commentary field.
Yesterday he organized a charity golf day, quickly sold out, in Melbourne to raise money for the bushfire victims in Australia. He was motivated not only by his empathy with the Australian people, but also by his personal experience of how frightening the flames can be.
& # 39; A few years ago I almost got caught up in one with Dean Jones (former opponent of Australia) when we were playing golf in the rural area of Victoria where he lives. These sirens went off and suddenly this fire came over the top of the hill and we were on course. We jumped in the buggy and went to the lake in the middle of it, and by the time we got there it had passed us, traveling at 40 km / h.
I have seen these with my own eyes, they are like roller coasters. We were lucky because the grass was short on the golf course and it missed us. We were about to jump into the lake.
"The great thing is that I can play good golf again with my hips and back surgery. The last 18 months have been challenging. I was on crutches and often had a lot of pain, but I am playing again. & # 39;
The end of his temporary assignment does not mean that Botham completely steps away from cricket and he remains chairman of Durham. But after 50 years, the game is no longer the anchor in his life.
& I was registered as a Somerset player at the age of 14, but I hadn't thought about it until you it mentioned. I am hands-on in Durham and I love the whole setup. We are now in a much healthier position and great people have arrived.
"Players come back to us who left because of the uncertainty a few years ago. Our academy will produce players. We have Cameron Bancroft back and everywhere you have Ben Stokes and Mark Wood is going to be good. & # 39;
Botham understands better than anyone what it is like to be in Stokes' elevated position. He sees something of his & # 39; 80-self in the all-rounder and was not surprised that he was recently focused on the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
"You can see what happens there. You have this long tunnel and they are waiting for you, the idiots. I can think of a dozen cricket players who have lost it there. Talk to Warney or other players around the world and they say the same thing. You have to turn the other cheek, Ben knows that, but we are human. He sets his standards very high, he crosses himself a bit and he is abused. I want to know what made the security men there laugh?
& # 39; He is the world's largest draw cricket, pure box office. He is tough, streetwise and what happened to him a few years ago (the brawl in Bristol in 2017) has done him good in the long term, perhaps he has taught him a few lessons. At Durham he is fantastic with the team. When he gets free, he will wander in and see the boys talk to one of them. He is a Durham cricket player.
"He is a competitor and, as I was, he wants to be involved in everything. He has real leadership qualities – I would be very surprised if he is not the next captain of England. "
You will no longer hear such opinions from Sky's comment field. Botham clearly does not regret his departure for the first time since his departure. "I resigned, I retired, I was not retired. I had a great time there, but it was enough & # 39 ;, he says. "The wine thing is what I want to do and I sink my teeth into it.
" I found it quite difficult in the Sky comment box – 23 years as a commentator is three years longer than my game career and it game continues.
& # 39; It started to frustrate me because I became more involved with the wine, but I could not go to places because I clung to it. Now I am free as a bird. The standards in the wine sector must be high and continue to rise, which is why I am very close. It is also very nice that it is much easier for Kath to come with me if I leave now. & # 39;
Much of his time is divided between Australia, New Zealand (his favorite country) and Spain, with more journeys expected as Botham Wines grows. "We are in 14 countries. Much of the wine comes from South Australia and West Australia, but we also do two English wines, from Kent.
"The boys from Argentina came by and I mixed the Malbec on our kitchen table. They sent it back to me and it is like "Wow". "
Another cricket connection that he will not let go is the campaign to hold a five-day Test cricket, which he strongly supports. His vantage point, which has been spending years in the Antipodes for several years now, is interesting.
When it comes to the length of competitions, he particularly noticed a decreasing support for the Twenty20 Big Bash League.
& # 39; The idea of four-day tests is ridiculous and I am crazy about it convinced that we can wait and see.There are too many people against it: Virat Kohli, Allan Border, Steve Smith, who by the way is a very nice guy. You might as well tear the history books.
& # 39; They seem to want more one-day cricket, but look at the Big Bash here People are getting bored because it takes too long They got greedy A lot of sides are struggling to get the numbers through the gates regardless of the meat pies they tell you. And the players know it. "
Test cricket made Botham famous, to the extent that his one-off agent Tim Hudson saw a future for him Hudson is another who died in December.
"I had a period with him and I had not seen him since. Some of his ideas were good, quite a few people thought that, but he got out of hand. It was an experience, my time with him. "
For now he will experience continue to fill. "I had a wonderful week here, went to tennis and surrendered," he says. "Also enough work, there is much to do."
I am very happy to say that I saw this coming. France is on the rise and, already tightened by the arrival of Shaun Edwards, defended well at important moments. England arrived with the wrong team and has clearly not shaken the depressing end result of the World Cup.
Given all that, I was surprised at the confidence that some experts showed in a victory in England.
It also demonstrated the uselessness of all the talk about brutality and physicality before the game and gave France a few lessons about Testrugby! All intensity came from France, at least during the first 55 minutes before they started to lose shape and concentration.
Regarding becoming the best rugby team ever and all those hyperboles, England should just concentrate on becoming the best rugby team for the next 80 minutes. And then the next one. That is what real champion teams do – they are never ahead of themselves.
The time to talk is now over, England has to respond to this through their actions on the field, the cars are circling and all these media stop hype that is just nonsense and makes them all seem rather stupid.
Now they have to focus all their energy on a much improved view on and next to the field against the Scots, because make no mistake, the journey from Saturday to Murrayfield will be just as tough as this game and I will make Scotland again solid favorites.
The experiment of playing Tom Curry at number 8 and Courtney Lawes at six o'clock just didn't work. Alex Dombrandt, who should have been in the team from the start, has to come to Scotland as a starter and Curry has to return to his normal spot on blindside with Lawes on the bench.
England lacked a strong ball carrier from the base or someone to make some hard yards and off-load, all of which cause defense problems. Yesterday, France only had to keep an eye on Ben Youngs, who did not enjoy a great match and offered little threat from the base. The French defense has improved, but England has made it so easy for them.
The strongest scrummaging Luke Cowan-Dickie should probably start for Jamie George, who looked flat, and England needs George Cross alongside Maro Itoje in the second row. Ellis Genge is another who has earned a start at Murrayfield. He really brought some intensity into the procedure.
Owen Farrell withstood the worst game I had seen him produce for England, but I would support him to get well and, indeed, I would move him to 10, which means a lock out of the middle for Jonathan Joseph.
Inside depends on the fitness of Manu Tuilagi. If he is excluded, it can bring in Ollie Devotee, but what a shame England has somehow let Wales sneak into Saracens Center Nick Tompkins, who made an excellent debut at Principality Stadium on Saturday.
George Furbank looked as if he had been brought too early in a season and overall it was all a bit messy, with England looking like a side that was not at ease with itself and their roles
Eddie Jones has a really challenging week ahead now because England was well defeated. In just two pressured rugby games, all the mysticism, magic and trust of this English team is completely dismantled and it only shows what can happen when you are ahead of yourself and distracted.
Scotland will imagine their chances on Saturday. They were unlucky about losing against Ireland, they earned some money from the Dublin game and if they can just hold on to that thought and get the Murrayfield audience up and running early, England could face another tough night.
Let's face it Sunday was not really as close as the score suggests. France was excellent, disciplined and strong for 55 minutes as they kept clicking on the scoreboard to get a 24-0 lead, but when they did that classic French thing and caused unnecessary substitutions when they thought the match was won.
Fabien Galthie has shown his inexperience here, but he will learn from this and I think he is the charismatic coach that France has always missed.
Their scrum began to deteriorate, Jonny May produced two individual world-class attempts and suddenly England, at least cosmetically, was back in the game.
So Galthie also has a few things to work on, but this was still a huge confidence-inspiring victory. The atmosphere seemed incredible at the Stade de France, which can be a cold and fairly soulless stadium if France is struggling. The entire French rugby nation wanted this victory and their team delivered.
With a sad Italy's turn, they are already at the forefront when it comes to winning the tournament and Grand Slam, of which I prefer the.
The spotlight was on one or two of their younger players, but their absolute stars yesterday were the next generation.
Since we saw Antoine Dupont we played for Castres four or five years ago and we knew he was very special and since he conquered that ACL injury a while ago he has been on fire, a beautiful all-court scrum-half with a computer-like brain except for that bizarre moment when he kicked the ball to death with a minute.
The skipper Charles Ollivon was also excellent and the thi The French player I would like to put in the spotlight is their No. 8 Gregory Alldritt, who might have had to cover Scotland.
Make no mistake, France is starting to build something really good and those who run English Rugby have to start smelling the coffee!