Despite being the wealthiest union and with the biggest playing pool to call on, Sunday’s loss to Australia saw England become the first World Cup hosts to fail to make it out of their pool.
Adam Ashley-Cooper insists that Australia will not get ahead of themselves after dumping England out of the World Cup and emphatically underlining their title credentials.
Although confident of a positive result for vice-captain Hooper, Fardy said he was confident the Wallabies would be able to draw on their depth.
His first try was a classic, weaving his way through two defenders and beating England’s best player, Mike Brown, and his second was just as good, putting Kurtley Beale through a hole with an inside pass and taking the superb return.
He allegedly “charged into the ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player”.
Bath Rugby’s Anthony Watson powered over the whitewash before an Owen Farrell penalty narrowed the deficit to seven points with 15 minutes remaining but Saracens man Farrell’s yellow card for a risky tackle sealed the hosts’ fate with the boot of Foley and Matt Giteau’s try at the death twisting the knife.
He added: “I would never say anything negative about the boys or staff. We gave everything we had, just wasn’t enough and we all take responsibility”.
“He is a massive player for Wales at this moment in time and a real go-to man. He has taken the team by the scruff of the neck and he makes good decisions”. If that happens, we’ll have to deal with it.
“That’s why picking your squad is so important”, Moore said on Monday.
‘If they were genuinely interested and they approached me, of course I would be interested. In the meantime, here are five things that we learned from England’s defeat to the Wallabies and why they failed to live up to expectations.
In tyro Sean McMahon and the tough-as-teak Ben McCalman the Wallabies have two ready-made replacements, both of whom have Wales feeling edgy already.
After kicking off the competition with victory over Fiji, back-to-back defeats at the hands of Wales and Australia ensured England will not reach the quarter-finals.
England reportedly breached tournament guidelines during the post-match media slot, where ten players from each side are obliged to speak with media.
“Hooper is the one that tends to fly out, and Pocock is on his shoulder ready to pounce on the ball when it’s available”. It has been one of the features, along with the Wallabies reinvigorated scrum, brought in by coach Michael Cheika. As for a slump in hospitality and ticket prices, pretty much all tickets are now sold out and if England fans don’t show up for posh nosh and a ticket, you can bet your bottom dollar that fans of another nation will. It’s not great for the hospitality industry but it’s certainly no disaster.
“[If he is suspended] somebody will step up, no worries”. We ought to dominate the lineouts, on both throws, and the backs will be desperate for a few clean ball after the last match.