The major positive England fans are taking from loss to Ireland
By Rugby Onslaught

The major positive England fans are taking from loss to Ireland

Eddie Jones is criticised a lot for playing players out of position, but he may have been taught the ultimate lesson against Ireland at Twickenham.

This is concerning Courtney Lawes, who, after being named at blindside flanker, played the majority of the match in the second row after a red card to lock Charlie Ewels after 82 seconds. What came after that was a scrummaging masterclass from England, where Ireland barely won a scrum all day. To make matters worse for the victors, Jack Nowell was playing at flanker.

Since then England fans have been calling for Lawes to start in the second row all the time, a position that many think is his best position and one that he has played the majority of his career in.

Not only did the England captain clearly show what an asset he is in the scrum when playing in the second row, but this would open up a back row position for one of England’s many talented loose forwards, be it Alex Dombrandt (to start), Sam Underhill or Alfie Barbeary.

While this was a loss for England, this is one huge positive that fans are taking not only for France next week but looking ahead to the 2023 World Cup.

This is what has been said online:


Take a look at the teams:

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps)
14. Max Malins (Saracens, 13 caps)
13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 10 caps)
12. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 46 caps) (VC)
11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 8 caps)
9. Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 4 caps)
1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 64 caps) (VC)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 50 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 54 caps)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 29 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 91 caps) (C)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 39 caps) (VC)
8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)

16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)
17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 77 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 18 caps)
19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps)
20. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 7 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 115 caps)
22. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps)
23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 55 caps)

Ireland XV
15. Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster) 18
14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 29
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 40
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 35
11. James Lowe (Leinster) 10
10. Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) (capt) 103
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster) 15
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 114
2. Dan Sheehan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 5
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 55
4. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 28
5. James Ryan (UCD) 42
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 82
7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 38
8. Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 15

16. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 24
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 46
18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 21
19. Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 66
20. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 25
21. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 94
22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 30
23. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 55