"Now we really need to know how good England are" claims former England world cup winner

Friday, February 21st, 2020 5:18pm

By Will Taylor @wtbroadcast

England World Cup winning rugby legend Lewis Moody says he is enjoying the way Ireland are playing and that they provide a very tough test for England on Saturday at Twickenham.

England haven't exactly set the world alight during this year's Six Nations. A disappointing defeat to France on the opening weekend had fans downbeat following what was a sensational World Cup tournament just a few months earlier.

Lewis Moody, a 2003 World Cup winner, believes that after England’s rocky start to the Six Nations, they have an opportunity to show how good they are in the face of an impressive Ireland side.

Speaking ahead of the crucial England vs Ireland game on Saturday on Posh Boys on Love Sport Drive, Moody said he was really looking forward to what he thinks is going to be a great game of rugby.

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“What a fantastic game to look forward to. You know these England vs Ireland matches are always sort of eagerly awaited and eagerly contested.

“I think because we're not quite sure where England are at the moment, obviously we saw them get to a World Cup final, that incredible display against New Zealand, we presumed they'd pushed on pretty quickly during the Six Nations.

“But obviously [we] stuttered in the first game against France. You have to say it was a positive result for them and that they ground out a miserable victory up in Murrayfield with the weather conditions being as they were.

“Now we really need to know how good England are and they come up against a really quality side. Being coached now by Andy Farrell, course for the first time as a coach.”

Moody also went on to praise what he thinks is a brilliant Ireland side, when he asked whether he had been impressed by Ireland. 

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“Yeah, I have. Put the first game out of the way, although I thought both Ireland and Scotland played really well in that first game and the attacking rugby on display and in that match, considering it was the first game of the Six Nations, was just lovely to watch.

“And you could argue that Scotland could have got a draw out of that game if Hogg hadn't had the little mishap that he did.

“I think since then Ireland have kicked on and I've just enjoyed the way they're playing. They seem to be playing confident.”

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