Former England hooker and Telegraph pundit, Brian Moore, expressed his understanding of Steve Borthwick’s messages regarding England but maintains skepticism about the head coach’s credibility.
On Saturday, England once again came from behind in the Six Nations to narrowly defeat a youthful and spirited Wales team at Twickenham.
Similar to the previous week in Rome, England found themselves trailing at halftime as Wales secured a penalty try and an Alex Mann score, posing a threat to England’s first win at Twickenham since 2015.
Fraser Dingwall’s try in the corner narrowed the gap to just one point before George Ford’s penalty secured the victory.
The win places England at the top of the Six Nations table as they continue their unbeaten start to the tournament, but the challenges ahead are formidable.
England hasn’t defeated Scotland since 2020, losing their last three encounters with their historic rivals.
Moore remains among those skeptical, with the former player unimpressed by some of Borthwick’s explanations that appear lacking.
England are a young developing team:
Moore wrote: “.It is young in the sense that it has several new unit combinations. It does have several recently-capped younger players.
“It would, however, be disingenuous to use the expression young to excuse errors you would not forgive when it comes to more established players.
“England started and finished the game with well over 600 caps in their playing XV. They are not a team that is starting from new, and they have considerable experience throughout the team.”