Ahead of the 2021 Six Nations third round, Brian Moore and Tom May discuss the faltering form of England and in particular the below-par performance of Eddie Jones’ Saracens contingent. England lost to Scotland at Twickenham in this year’s opener before defeating Italy in their second game.
Jones admitted his captain Owen Farrell underperformed in the first two rounds – and a number of other Saracens players have not been at their best after being deprived of playing time since relegation from the London club of the Premiership.
England face undefeated Wales at Principality Stadium on Saturday and need a better performance if they are to join Wayne Pivac’s side on two wins in the tournament.
Jones said Sport Telegraph last week he was convinced his side “will be much better against Wales for sure”, adding: “It took time to regain their timing and the lack of physical form and harshness of the game, but we we are getting closer to a much better position. ”
He hopes that his Saracen stars can find their place in the top gear, especially since the hopes of the Grand Slam that France will be waiting for in a few weeks.
Speaking of France, their match against Scotland on Sunday is at risk of being called off after it was revealed that six other French players, including captain Charles Ollivon, had tested positive for Covid-19.
A total of 11 players from the French squad have now tested positive for the virus, including scrum half and 2020 Six Nations player Antoine Dupont.
The podcast also hears Eamonn Ashton Atkinson, the director of ‘Steelers’, a documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of the world’s first gay rugby club – the Kings Cross Steelers.
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