Both the Aussies & Kiwis have a basic game plan but their players appear to be given a lot more of a free reign and to play their natural style of rugby. In essence the players themselves learn to play with the other players they have along side them where as the English always seem totally lost and trying desperately to play to the coaches imposed style.
Take last weekends game as an example, all year O'Loughlin has been playing as a pivot and ball playing LF for Wigan and has done so pretty successfully, for England he was asked to play a completely different role as just a tackling machine and someone to drive the ball in & make yards. All year Roby has interchanged between playing a traditional hooker role and as a running back rower taking the ball at 1st receiver and running at the gap behind the ruck, again something he's done pretty successfully for Saints but for England it appears he was asked to do little else other than pass the ball out from dummy half and make the occasional run from there. For 2/3 of the season Tomkins has been playing full back and allowed to inject himself into the line and play his natural off the cuff style, very rarely was he called on to direct the team around the field with passing & kicking. Macnamara seems to think it would be a good idea to use Tomkins as his main organiser & kicker.
So you have to ask yourself why Macnamara is asking players he's only had access to for 2 weeks to change the way they've been playing all year. Surely he would be better to use the players in the roles they're used to and adapt his own game plan to fit in with their skills & styles ?
So for me, poor coaching is the main reason for England's continued failure at test level !
Edited by Saint Toppy, 26 October 2010 - 10:05 AM.