Sir Clive Woodward lays into two England players for their 'embarrassing' behaviour against Scotland - Ruck

Sir Clive Woodward lays into two England players for their ’embarrassing’ behaviour against Scotland

Sir Clive Woodward emphasised the necessity to halt the embarrassing conduct, citing an instance to illustrate its potential harm to the team.

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Despite the England rugby team’s limited recent achievements, their exuberant celebrations have not gone unnoticed. Notably, they’ve gained a reputation for fervently commemorating on-field events, such as winning penalties.

Woodward wrote “This says so much about England’s mindset. Their players – Ben Earl and Maro Itoje in particular – celebrating winning penalties or turnovers isn’t anything new. It’s been happening for a while.

“I just would not allow it. This is why. One of the key moments of the Scotland game came after just eight minutes. England had started really well and had scored a lovely team try through George Furbank.

“They were 7-0 up and Murrayfield was very quiet. England had a scrum just inside their own half and won a penalty. Earl had the ball in his hands but turned his back on the opposition and started celebrating the penalty.

“All the backs also ran in and celebrated like they had just won the World Cup! Why was Earl not looking to tap and go? He should have been looking to keep Scotland under pressure…

“If England think these celebrations have a psychological impact on the opposition they are living in dreamland. I would really urge Borthwick to tell Earl and Co to knock this nonsense on the head.”

One fan wrote: “Does earl cheer like that when tea is ready,”

Another said: “Is there anything Ben Earl wouldn’t celebrate?”

A third commented: “Ben Earl would whoop and holler at a funeral…embarrassing,”

Another said: “If ben earl spent as much time concentrating on rugby then he does shaking his head at the ref and celebrating knock ons hed be an all time great.”

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#1. Ollie Lawrence

Telegraph 4/10: “Perhaps unsurprisingly was not on the same page as Ford and Slade in both attack and defence in their first game together. Badly fell off a tackle on Redpath that led to Scotland’s third try.”

Planet Rugby 4/10: “Barely saw him in an attacking sense. A few carries, one bad pass, one dropped ball – although that was George Ford’s fault – but not the form we’ve seen in the Premiership.”

RUCK 5/10: “Not what the Bath centre would have wanted upon his return from injury. The powerhouse came alive with some clattering hits, yet threw a wayward pass into touch at 76 minutes that summed up his afternoon. So much more was wanted from England fans, who were excited to see him comeback.”

Replacement: Manu Tuilagi