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Furbank the future at 15
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Jim Hamilton discusses what influence Shaun Edwards will have on the French
Furbank’s dynamic running skills as part of a roaming brief have been instrumental in Saints’ resurgence this season but his lack of international experience is sure to be targeted by French half-backs Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont.
Time runs out for Daly experiment
Daly never convinced in a position he has occupied since June 2018 and his below-par appearance in the World Cup final loss to South Africa is likely to be his final outing there.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) January 31, 2020
Jones has caused a stir in France after demanding England produce rugby of “brutal physicality” on Sunday. The controversy is over the connotations of the word brutal, which when translated means “violent”. France coach Fabien Galthie and manager Raphael Ibanez have returned fire, but Jones is unapologetic, declaring “you should translate it in a better way”.
World Cup hangover?
A 32-12 drubbing by the Springboks brought Japan 2019 to a heartbreaking conclusion as the team that had dismantled Australia and New Zealand in the previous rounds were routed in Yokohama. The defeat has been thoroughly debriefed, but the extent of the scarring will only become evident at the Stade de France.
The @GuinnessGB @SixNationsRugby is finally here! Have a read of my column for @RugbyPass previewing Le Crunch between @FranceRugby and @EnglandRugby tomorrow, I reckon England by 8 and the first step towards a Grand Slam so have a read here ??https://t.co/PqfAF5JaX4
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) February 1, 2020
Evolution not revolution
France’s brave new era is not quite the radical overhaul by their head coach Galthie that was previously trumpeted. There are nine survivors from the starting XV edged by Wales in the World Cup quarter-final in October including Ntamack and Dupont and devastating outside centre Virimi Vakatawa.
The backline bristles with attacking threats but if there is a weakness it possibly lies up-front in the form of an underpowered pack.
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