Got my breath back now... I think he may well come out looking good at the end of the World Cup.. You may well ask Why?
My answer is - I think that he probably has the best squad to pick from in quite a long time. If he selects all the Australian based England players they will immediately bring the benfit of a more advanced fitness regime plus the skills added since they got there.
Add to that mix the players we have here - we some fantastic backs - we are almost able to name a very strong 14/15 man squad.
It may be my imagination - but I feel real progress has been made.
So I think if we do well - it will be down to the quality of players available and their own motivation - rather than anything SM is capable of..
Of course there is the strong possibility he will place many players into unfamiliar roles/positions - and we get absolutely stuffed.
Anyway - enough of him - I've got tickets for nearly all the games - can't wait
I am sure I am being thick here, but why do the Aussies have more advanced fitness regimes?