"Honeymoon over" - England fans turn on Borthwick following Scotland defeat, unlikely successor named - Ruck

“Honeymoon over” – England fans turn on Borthwick following Scotland defeat, unlikely successor named

England supporters have seemingly shifted their allegiance away from head coach Steve Borthwick in the aftermath of their loss to Scotland.

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Duhan van der Merwe made history as the first Scot to notch a Calcutta Cup hat-trick, marking Scotland’s fourth consecutive Six Nations triumph over England at Murrayfield.

The formidable winger, who impressed with two tries at Twickenham last year, outdid himself this time around. Despite George Furbank and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso securing their maiden tries for England, Van der Merwe’s clinical performance stole the spotlight. Finn Russell’s flawless kicking kept Scotland comfortably ahead in a match marred by scrappiness.

Scotland’s last four consecutive victories over England in this tournament date back to 1896, during Queen Victoria’s reign.

Despite wins in the first two rounds against Italy and Wales, fans expressed disappointment on social media following this defeat, sparking a wave of frustration and discontent.

One fan wrote: “Borthwick honeymoon might be over from the English press. Maybe they will find out Felix Jones was not the Bok defensive coach.”

A second said: “The fact that Borthwick keeps picking Elliot Daly is tiring. He doesn’t bring anything!”

Another said: “It’s mad but Borthwick is so many levels below Stuart Lancaster. I’d have. him back tomorrow.”

A fourth commented: “Makes no difference who plays, it’s out tactics and game plan which is wrong. Borthwick is not up to it.”

Another wrote: “#Borthwick has to go. No one seems to have a clue what they’re doing. Even Scotland made us look bad.”

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4. Rob Baxter – 12/1

Rob Baxter, who guided the Devon-based club from the Championship to European champions in 10 years has done this largely with a core of players that have come through the academy at Exeter.

With this season’s club performance not at the level of previous years, it may be time for him to move on and into the Test game in the near futuree.

Although Baxter joined the England coaching team for the summer tour to Argentina and Uruguay in March 2013, he has no experience outside of Exeter. “I would be happy to have a chat about what the role is, how they see it working and what their plans and ambitions are,” Baxter said of the England job back in December.

“Unless you know what it is, it’s hard to say yes or no to anything. At the same time, I’m not looking for another job! I’m very happy here,” he added.

Rob Baxter, Director of Rugby of Exeter Chiefs looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate on 20 May. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK