France No 9 Parra slams lack of training to handle England's kicks

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

"It is obviously very disappointing to lose Mako at this stage as he is an important player for us but it does provide an opportunity for the team to grow", said Jones. "We know it's going to be one hell of a challenge".

England and Wales will meet in Cardiff on Saturday 23 February as the only teams still capable of a Six Nations Grand Slam this season, after each side won both their opening Championship matches.

Eddie Jones has warned in-form England they must be prepared to face the best Wales side in history in Cardiff later this month. When all around you are losing their heads the one thing a team requires is a steady hand but Guirado had a disastrous opening few minutes which unsettled the rest of the team and set the pattern of the humiliation. They have greater impact in the dying stages of a close contest but Barrett's first in 71 tests at Twickenham previous year was equally valuable. We're looking forward to going down there.

England was 30-8 up at halftime, which meant the game was over even before a penalty try and a score from Owen Farrell in the second period.

"Some of the chasing was outstanding".

Jacques Brunel, the France coach, made six changes to his starting XV following that match but this humiliation meant his side had now lost 10 of their last 13 Tests.

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Jones added: "Jonny May's like when you go to the park and you see someone with a tennis ball and they throw it, the dog runs 100mph and chases it and brings it back".

He was trying to do the job nearly all on his own during last year's Six Nations, especially with regard to England's attack, and it probably didn't help in South Africa that we knew Paul Gustard was leaving for Harlequins. "The conditions (in Japan) will not be the same".

While England's title credentials were strengthened with a second bonus-point win, which put them back top of the table, France saw theirs virtually extinguished nine days on from throwing away a 16-0 lead in a loss to Wales.

Breach helps England beat IrelandReady for new England chapterAn excellent break from France scrum half Pauline Bourdon gave the visitors hope, before Red Rose replacement Hannah Botterman finished a series of pick and drives and then Catherine O'Donnell went over in the corner for England's seventh. "It was very painful conceding try after try".

I've spoken a lot about his training methods in the past and he's definitely learned in that respect as the word coming out of the England camp now is that they aren't being beasted in training like they were a year ago.

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