James Simpson-Daniel – England have their ruthlessness back
Former England centre James Simpson-Daniel has said that England have their ruthlessness back following their 34-12 victory over Japan yesterday.
Speaking to OLBG, Simpson-Daniel said: “It’s almost like England have their ruthlessness back. Their discipline has been better.
“We have talked about England feeding off the Saracens frenzy. They way they celebrate small things which give them energy. That was there against Argentina and Fiji. It looked as though they’d really honed in on what they needed to do.
“I am not getting carried away. I am not saying this side is going to win the World Cup. But you can’t get away from the fact that we are on the ’right side of the draw’.
“Come the knockout stages I don’t think we would be fearing Wales or Australia in the quarter finals if that’s how it pans out.”
Itojie hits back at critics
Maro Itojie has hit back at critics suggestions that England do not score enough tries.
Steve Borthwick’s warriors were the only winning side not to score an opening weekend try, with George Ford kicking every point in their 27-10 triumph over Argentina.
But Itoje, 28, insisted: “We will do what it needs to win — by any means necessary.
“Obviously, we would like to score tries and score loads of tries but for me it is by any means necessary — as long as we win.
“Every game will present different challenges. The task is to find ways to get on the positive side of the result.”
Joe Marler’s nod to Roberto De Zerbi
England prop Joe Marler has paid tribute to Roberto De Zerbi for his headed ‘assist’ for Courtney Lawes’ try yesterday.
Marler said in an interview after the game: “It’s just what I’ve been practising for, these moments.
“I practised it today with Dan Cole and Jamie George – in activation, we were practising our headers.
“I took huge inspiration from Roberto De Zerbi’s mighty Seagulls, doing a demolition job on United, which is my son’s team. Four Premier League games in a row. Only three teams in Premier League history have beaten Man United four Premier League games in a row: Brighton, Man City and Liverpool.
LRZ’s Ronaldo tribute
Louis Rees-Zammit added that not only did he celebrate in the manner of the former Manchester United icon, but he also wore underpants in tribute to Ronaldo.
LRZ explained: “Everyone knows I’m a United fan and Ronaldo is my favourite player.
“I wear his boxers and dress like him. So I thought why not do his celebration as well?
“A few of my mates back home wanted me to do it.
“They’re massive football fans too, and we don’t play Portugal very often. So I said if I scored I’d do it for them.”
Wales winger’s Ronaldo tribute
Louis Rees-Zammit admits he wears Cristiano Ronaldo boxers — after copying the Portuguese superstar’s goal celebration.
But Manchester United fan Rees-Zammit, 22, admits he has been obsessed by Ronaldo since he was a kid.
England score ‘worst try ever’
England fans were left in stitches after England skipper Courtney Lawes scored “the worst try ever” during England’s 34-12 victory over Japan.
Lawes burst through to transform a tense World Cup group game – after the ball bounced forward off the HEAD of team-mate Joe Marler.
One viewer called it “the most England try ever” as Steve Borthwick’s men went on to romp home 34-12 after a nervy display.