"Don’t fix what isn’t broken" - Sir Clive Woodward slams Eddie Jones 'nonsense' tactics - Ruck

“Don’t fix what isn’t broken” – Sir Clive Woodward slams Eddie Jones ‘nonsense’ tactics

Sir Clive Woodward has slammed Eddie Jones controversial decision to replace England star man Marcus Smith with 20 minutes to go.

“Why is the game, and Jones particularly, obsessed with this concept of ‘finishers’? Please somebody enlighten me as I don’t understand it. Keep your best players on the park.”, wrote Woodward in his column for the Mail Online.

“Unfathomably, the call comes from Jones up in the stands and England’s main man is off, to be replaced by George Ford,

“And the Harlequins fly-half was joined on the bench by a front row that was building up a head of steam and flanker Lewis Ludlam, who was going well in a game well-suited to his temperament.

“Rule No 1 in sport: don’t fix what isn’t broken. These guys can go 80 minutes, they can go 100 minutes if necessary. Back them, let them do their thing. Only pull them off if they are falling and undermining the team effort.

“If you pick Smith to start you back him all the way until the final whistle is blown. That’s what Quins do and that’s what England must do.

“If I was them, if I was the senior group within the squad I would in the sober light of day this afternoon or tomorrow demand to know from Jones what the thinking was taking Marcus off in particular, but the replacements policy in general.”

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