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The 'horrible' England stat Steve Borthwick now owns

By Ian Cameron
Steve Borthwick, the England head coach, looks dejected as he walks through the crowd at half time during the Six Nations Rugby match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In the wake of England’s crushing defeat at the hands of France in the Guinness Six Nations, former England flyhalf Andy Goode took to Twitter to point out the unfortunate stat head coach Steve Borthwick now owns.


The scoreline of 53-10 was not only a demoralizing result for the players and fans, but it also set a new record for England’s biggest defeat at Twickenham. To add insult to injury, head coach Steve Borthwick, was also the captain of the team that previously held the record for England’s biggest defeat at Twickenham.

Goode tweeted: “Horrible stat alert. England’s biggest defeat at Twickenham was today 53-10. Steve Borthwick Head Coach. Previous biggest defeat at Twickenham was in 2008 v South Africa 42-6. Steve Borthwick was Captain!”

The defeat was a sobering reminder of the challenges that lie ahead for England rugby. The team had come into the Six Nations with high hopes, but their performances on the pitch have left a lot to be desired. The loss to France was particularly disappointing, as England had been expected to put up a strong fight against their rivals, despite being in the midst of a rebuilding phase post-Eddie Jones.

Goode also took a pot-shot at RFU head honcho Bill Sweeney, who become something of a bete noir for the flyhalf turned rugby pundit. “It’s alright though Bill Sweeney’s salary has gone up 55 per cent in the last 2 years to £668k whilst he’s been asleep at the wheel.”


The defeat has raised questions about the team’s coaching staff and their ability to prepare the players for top-level opposition. Borthwick, in particular, will come under fire for his role in the loss. As both the head coach and a former player who was once captain of a team that suffered a similar defeat, Borthwick is now in a unique position to understand the challenges facing the current crop of players. However, his ability to motivate and inspire the team will surely be called into question in the coming days.

“Pants down, massive skids on show, who takes 50 at home, we do,” posted Goode. “Awful day for England showing how far we’ve slipped under Eddie Jones and now how far behind we are under Borthwick.”

The defeat to France should now serve as a wake-up call for the team and their coaching staff. Unfortunately for Borthwick and co, the first up assignment in the process is a trip to Dublin to face world no.1s Ireland in their back garden.




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