Monday, 25 January 2016

Bring back Stuart Lancaster all is forgiven!

Eddie Jones has yet to manage the England Rugby team on the field of play but, in my opinion, the retracting of the Captain's armband from Chris Robshaw in order to give it to Dylan Hartley is quite frankly disgusting.

Dylan Hartley is the king of the penalty (giving them away due to lack of discipline) and is in not worthy of the armband.    He is not a leader and I am disgusted that Chris Robshaw's dedication and sacrifice for the team has been repaid by Eddie Jones in this manner.    Dylan Hartley is not a good ambassador for the game nor a suitable role model for young players coming through the ranks.    One of the many things that sets rugby union apart from the yob culture of today's soccer is the respect players show the referee - their word is law and you do not abuse them (see Hartley's appalling disciplinary record below).

An Australian should not be the coach of the England Rugby team, we have many English ex-rugby players and coaches that should have been picked over and above Eddie Jones.    Australians would not be happy having a non-Australian coaching their team.    Eddie Jones was their coach when we lifted the trophy on their turf in 2003.   The England Rugby Team has never had a coach that wasn't English, not even prior to the game going professional in 1995.    Australia has never had a coach that wasn't Australian.

We'll see on Saturday 6th February at Murrayfield.    It will be interesting to see the result.

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