Jeremy Guscott wants significant change to England's backline - Ruck

Jeremy Guscott wants significant change to England’s backline

Jeremy Guscott has revealed he’d make one major change to England’s starting to ahead of their Rugby World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks this weekend.

The former England international, who won 65 gaps over a decade between 1989 and 1999, believes that one simple switch would strengthen Eddie Jones side going into the heavyweight clash.

“One positional switch I would go for is moving Elliot Daly to the wing and putting Anthony Watson at full-back,” the England legend wrote in his column for The Rugby paper.


“Daly was not at his best against Australia. Against Argentina he was beating players and catching tricky balls and brought a real threat to the attack. While Koroibete is a wickedly sharp runner, Daly won’t be happy by the ease with which the Wallaby wing skinned him.

“His positioning has been slightly exposed and is it worth persevering with him in that position if he could be utterly exposed on Saturday? And if he is, how would he come back from it for the remainder of the game?

“Watson is a potent attacking player, solid in defence and has played a lot of 15 for his club. He’s no worse under the high ball than Daly, in fact he’s probably better.”


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