This year has been a “horror show” for the England rugby team, says World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.
Woodward, who led England to victory in 2003, said current head coach Eddie Jones’ side have not “progressed at the same rate” as their rivals.
“Something is not right because they are normally very good defensively,” said Woodward on BBC Radio 5 live.
“The bubble has burst and teams have recognised that the way to beat England is by playing an all-out fast game.”
However, Woodward also said that the first 20 minutes “was some of the best rugby he had ever seen England play”.
And he said the situation was “not a crisis” as he backed Jones to turn it around in Bloemfontein next week, against a South African side who “smell blood”.
“He will be worried about the situation but he has got to take it in his stride and he has done a good job,” he added.