"Abject" - Three England players Steve Borthwick must change, and who should replace them - Ruck

“Abject” – Three England players Steve Borthwick must change, and who should replace them

In a remarkable 76-minute spectacle, George Ford showcased his brilliance by scoring 27 crucial points, guiding England to a spectacular World Cup triumph against Argentina, even in the face of adversity as they found themselves down to 14 players within just three minutes of the match.

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The early setback occurred when Tom Curry was shown a red card through the meticulous bunker review system. His clash of heads with Juan Cruz Mallia unfolded in the third minute of the game in Marseille, setting a challenging tone for England.

Nevertheless, Ford, the skilled fly-half, rose to the occasion with remarkable finesse. He nailed three drop-goals, propelling England to a 12-3 lead at halftime.

England’s commanding performance continued into the second half, with Ford contributing an additional 15 points to secure a morale-boosting victory as they commenced their Pool D campaign.

Despite this triumph, there remains room for improvement in England’s starting lineup, and we believe that Borthwick should consider implementing three changes to further enhance the team’s prospects moving forward.


#1. Tom Curry

Telegraph 2/10: “The flanker was overeager in defence after an injury, red-carded after a TMO bunker review for a slightly unfortunate head-on-head collision in the third minute.”

RUCK 0/10: “Sent off after just two minutes. Some may say unlucky, but the flanker really left the officials no choice.”

Planet Rugby 1/10: “Some said he was unlucky, but ultimately he was high in contact and paid the price. Fortunately, his team-mates bailed him out. “

Rugby Pass 0/10: “Was hailed in the build-up as the potential missing link for the England defence as he arrived in France without playing a single minute of the four-game Summer Nations Series. That idea quickly went out the window, though. “

The Guardian 2/10: “Palpably fired up before the match, having not played since May, but lasted less than three minutes before a red card, via the bunker, for an overzealous tackle on Juan Cruz Mallía.”

Replacement: Jack Willis