It is easier to figure out why England won’t win the World Cup than why they would.
I don’t want to make a 20-minute video about it so I will try to keep it short(ish):
- Ill discipline – they have been serial offenders and have the horrible example of Owen “no arms” Farrell setting the example. If you get 3 cards at the same time in a single game, your discipline is non-existent.
- Steve Borthwick is not up to it – a standout player at Bath and Saracens and a good coach at Leicester but it hasn’t yet translated into anything notable for England.
- Bad form – they have won 8/19 games since the start of the year. They sit in 6th position and if Argentina sneezes hard enough they will drop down to 7th.
- They aren’t a team – the 6-Nations-dominating team from 2016, 2017 and 2020 is a distant memory. They don’t craft wins as a cohesive unit, they hope for them. Very few people quiver at the site of that white jersey with the rose on the chest.
Will they be better at the World Cup? Yes.
Will they be good enough to go deep in the tournament? I highly doubt it.