The line out
This story is going to run for a very long time in the newspapers because most people think that Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes, will be the first choice lock pairing for the Rugby World Cup.
This has become imminent since Dylan Hartley had rule himself out of the competition. Consolation it is that Geoff Parling has his chance to redevelop at International level the understanding he had with hooker Tom Young at Leicester.
The Scrum mage
The pitch in Paris was a bad one which affected their performance. Although harshly treated by poor officiating, this was counted as strong point for England. It was also a point of parity. Wales did fairly well against Ireland last week. All though the personnel may have changed for Ireland, but England is expected to make a statement in this area and beat Ireland.
Recall that earlier this year, England was able to cope abysmally with Ireland kicking games. It is entirely a very different back three with Mike Brown replacing Jack Nowell, and Anthony Watson, the only survivor.
England should know that this is the tactic that Ireland will use, but they should be able to cope with their antics.
Looking back to the history of Rugby competition and past winners, one will come clearly that England has won the cup once, got to quarter Finals three times, and a runners-up once.
This is certainly an impressive record. However, records are known not to have won competition for sports men, rather what will win the competition for England is complete cohesion in the team and they ensure very hard work so that they can yet again win the cup. England is ranked the 6th in the world when it comes to Rugby sport.