Shifting Owen Farrell back to 12 and playing Manu Tuilagi on the wing is a compromise and it could backfire, according to World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.
“Will England beat Australia with Manu Tuilagi playing on the wing? Absolutely they will,” wrote Woodward.
“But will England win the World Cup, Grand Slam or trouble the All Blacks with Tuilagi on the wing? I’m not so sure about that. He is back to full fitness and in great shape but he is not a wing.
“Switching him to the wing at this stage of his career is a big ask. It didn’t work seven years ago and there is no reason to see why it would be an outstanding success this time round. It comes with considerable risk.
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“It is all a bit confusing and to be selecting players, even those as talented as Tuilagi, out of position is not the way to build a World Cup-winning team.
}But is the selection of Owen Farrell at inside centre a compromise? It is now an ‘either or’ selection at fly-half between Smith and Farrell and to shift the skipper back to 12 is a compromise. And compromises sometimes misfire.
“Switching around the backs also deprives England of a world-class centre combination in midfield. Why would you do that?”
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