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Statement: England robustly hit back at Will Carling’s ‘data straitjacket’ claim

Kevin Sinfield disagrees with the notion that head coach Steve Borthwick solely relies on data in England’s Test match preparations, deeming it “unfair.”

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Former England captain Will Carling criticized Borthwick, claiming England is confined by a “data straitjacket.”

Sinfield, England’s individual skills and kicking coach, emphasized the ubiquitous use of data in modern professional team strategies.

“We try and cover every aspect,” Sinfield told BBC Sport.

“As a coaching team, we try and prepare the players as best we can and within that there is some data. 

“Every international side and probably every club side is using data now and it’s about using that in the right way.

“But we are also in the people business and we have to get people right and understand how they feel. Getting that emotional side right is just as important.”

Sinfield added: “We have a way we like to play the game and a way we think England should play. Then you mix that in with some of the individuals we have and we want the guys to bring their super skills from the clubs.

“It is Test rugby so it is different to what you see on a Saturday afternoon at club rugby. You are not always able to replicate that in the Test arena because defences and attacks are a lot better. 

“Our performance against Scotland was nowhere near good enough and we will have to be right at the top of our game to compete and go on and win the game against Ireland.”

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taly vs Scotland

Get ready for Scotland’s next showdown as they step onto the field for their fourth Six Nations match, facing off against an increasingly formidable Italian squad. With two victories and one loss under their belt from the initial three games, Gregor Townsend’s crew is primed for action.

The journey kicked off with a thrilling 27-26 triumph over Wales, setting the stage for a heart-stopping encounter. Despite a narrow 20-16 defeat on home turf against France, Scotland roared back triumphantly, stunning England with a 30-21 victory in the legendary Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield.

Mark your calendars for the Italy versus Scotland clash happening on Saturday, March 9, with the action kicking off at 2:15 PM GMT. The battleground? None other than the iconic Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Don’t miss a moment of the action as ITV brings the match live to your screens. And keep an eye out for Angus Gardner from Australia, who will be officiating the showdown

Super computer prediction: Italy 16-22 Scotland