Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward believes Eddie Jones’ honeymoon is over following England’s 16-22 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday.
Woodward was clear over England’s greatest failing at the Stade de France, where the French scored a penalty try and five penalty goals.
“The biggest problem of all was the huge penalty count against England: 16 in total,” insisted Woodward, who guided England to 2003 World Cup Final glory against an Australia side coached by Jones.
“You are not going to beat any top-10 team in the world with a statistic like that, especially away from home.”
It was a point echoed by one of Woodward’s former England captains, Lawrence Dallaglio.
“Discipline was awful,” wrote Dallaglio in his Sunday Times column, the former No.8 adding that 16 penalties conceded was an “absurd number”.
“Yet again, it was the same problem: players going to ground too easily, getting isolated and holding on.”
Woodward added: “England’s backs again scarcely looked like scoring a try, which is a major worry,
“The form and approach of George Ford is the biggest worry of all and for the second game in a row he was substituted off and Owen Farrell moved to No.10. That shouldn’t be happening to your major playmaker.
“Although he [Ford] has had his moments in friendlies and games when England get on top, he is struggling in games that really matter.”