England have two major problems that I am not sure can fixed. They concede too many tries, the great England side of 2003 were miserly in giving away points. The other major issue if the lack of decision makers. Over the past two weeks, time after time chances have gone begging because players are making the wrong decisions at key times.
When one looks at the stats of New Zealand having arrived on the world rugby scene, it must fill the heart of a sports fan with pride. This country, which has simply one quarter of a population of London, get there to conquer the field?
It's not wrong that the disgusting behaviour of the Rugby Club is under scrutiny, but it is wrong that positive action by the university on outreach and funding for students in need of support is apparently not worth mention - especially when it's the sort of information some students need in order to feel able to go into further study.
This morning, as the sun rises, there will be many rugby fans across the country that are thinking about the events that unfolded over the past two days. It was quite the day in the history of the game in indeed in the history of Wasps Rugby Club. It has never been a secret that High Wycombe and Adams Park wasn't the forever home of the Club so the confirmation of the move yesterday didn't come from nowhere.
Yesterday, just before 7pm, after a day of intense focus and scrutiny on Coventry City Council's movements, Wasps confirmed that the council 'unanimously approved the sale of their shares' and indeed the side is moving to Coventry.
Yesterday it was announced that Stuart Lancaster and his core team, Andy Farrell, Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree have all had their contracts extended until the 2019/2020 season. When he made this announcement, the Chairman of the RFU, Ian Richie, used the following words; "we believe this is entirely the right decision for the future of England Rugby" and I have to say I totally agree with him and here is why.
For the past six years we have recruited and worked with around 200 unemployed men, inviting them to build a rugby team and take part in a course that aims at improving fitness, social development and life skills with the end goal of obtaining a job. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions and worth every second.
The first round of domestic rugby's top flight Aviva Premiership is complete, and each fixture was packed with the sort of excitement and intensity only rugby can bring. I spoke to former Lions and England international Neil Back MBE on Saturday morning before the London Double Header.
For England's domestic rugby fans today is that day, rugby's Christmas Day and in a few short hours the Northampton Saints and Gloucester Rugby will kick off the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership Season.
England under Stuart Lancaster seem to be building something special (though we've been saying that for over two years now) but they haven't got a Six Nations title or currently a consistent record against the Sanzar nations. Yet they have provided moments and performances that suggest they could challenge in the long run or if the stars align next year.
As the custodians of the game, the IRB still regularly tweak laws here and there to find the optimum formula for the sport. To that end, I propose a few minor alterations for debate.
England Women came home on Monday after beating Canada 21-9 in the World Cup Final... Their victory has been hailed as a giant step forwards for women in sport, especially for women's rugby in England. Here are three lessons we can all learn from the England Women's Rugby team...
As I sat there watching the last few seconds tick ever closer to confirming England's place a-top of the Women's Rugby Union World, I asked, we aren't that bad at sport are we? ... we are actually in a golden period for British sport. If you go through the most popular sports in the UK, you will find we have world beaters everywhere, including football.
England Champions of the World, England Women World Cup Champions, England Women World Cup Winners, however you choose to phrase it, we will never tire of hearing it... this Women's Rugby World Cup catapults the sport forward in the UK and across the world and leaves a legacy that changes the Women's Rugby, for the better, forever.
It was a smashing victory for England, but the show was quickly stolen by the second semi-final of the evening, France vs Canada... Both semi-finals showcased some of the best talent in the Women's Rugby world. Here are some of my standout players from the two matches.
England's depth of talent has deepened to a point where in every position there are at least two or even three truly viable options... if England make the same amount of progression that they have done since this time last year then there is no reason why they won't head into the World Cup confident and fully ready.