Veteran prop Joe Marler has defended England’s “repulsive” model of rugby in France, claiming no-one remembers how any crew performs in the event that they win the World Cup.
Marler was responding to former France flanker Olivier Magne, who stated on social media: “This English crew is ugly – no need, no pleasure, no consistency. It’s a repulsive rugby.”
The Roses bagged a late bonus level in Sunday’s World Cup Pool D conflict with Japan in Good to make sure the English, who opened their marketing campaign with a hard-fought 27-10 win towards Argentina, took 5 factors for the 34-12 win.
Recalling the 2003 England crew that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in Australia, in addition to the Springboks’ triumph in, Marler reminded everybody that there’s medals for model or “finesse” at World Cup tournaments.
Quoted by The Guardian newspaper within the UK, the controversial loosehead stated: “Why do you need to finesse it? You’ve simply bought to win, haven’t you? What did England do 20 years in the past? Discover a option to win within the World Cup.
“We’ll maintain making an attempt and taking the teachings from every recreation. We’ll take the teachings and we’ll maintain making an attempt to finesse. In the end it’s concerning the win.
“You speak about model of play, lots of people do. [The 2003 team] went a few phases, Jonny [Wilkinson] slotted some penalties and a few drop objectives. They received ugly, numerous that event they received ugly however we don’t speak about that now, will we? We speak about them successful the World Cup. You overlook about how [they] did it.
“You don’t speak about South Africa getting pumped within the first recreation towards New Zealand, you speak about them pumping us within the last after which lifting the trophy.
“We’ll proceed to work on our recreation to enhance and ensure we’ve bought a greater likelihood of successful these video games.”
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