"Very, very, very low," - Ronan O'Gara's brutal verdict on England Rugby's current plight - Ruck

“Very, very, very low,” – Ronan O’Gara’s brutal verdict on England Rugby’s current plight

Renowned Irish rugby figure Ronan O’Gara asserts that Andy Farrell’s squad holds a significant edge over England as they prepare to face off on Saturday.

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With Farrell’s team emerging as formidable contenders, having secured convincing victories in their initial three encounters—culminating in triumphs of 38-17, 36-0, and 31-7 against France, Italy, and Wales respectively—O’Gara attributes this advantage to the perceived inferiority of English Premiership clubs.

According to him, this disparity suggests that England’s prowess on the field has waned considerably from its former glory days.

“The big difference between when Brian (O’Driscoll) and myself played and now was that the English clubs were unbelievably strong,” he told Off The Ball.

“The level in English rugby has gone very, very, very low. Saracens aren’t nearly extinct but they’re dying in front of us.

“For these players to excel in the Test arena, I think they need to perform for their clubs and that’s where Ireland have a massive advantage.

“Leinster are like an Ireland B team and then Munster have got competitive, as have Connacht. Ulster are not where they want to be but they’re still competitive.

“There’s such ingrained competitiveness in the system in Ireland that translates to the national team.

“From England’s point of view, there’s a renaissance with Northampton but with other teams, it’s not at the standard they want it to be and the league is nowhere near as competitive as it was 10 years ago.”

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Italy 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