England have learned a big lesson, says Dawson

first_imgDefeat by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final will be a lesson England’s players remember for the rest of their careers, according to England’s former scrumhalf Matt Dawson.After beating Australia and New Zealand to reach the final, England were favourites to claim the trophy for the first time since 2003, but were overwhelmed in a 32-12 defeat.“England have learned a big lesson,” Dawson, part of the side to beat Australia in the 2003 showpiece, told the BBC.“Those players are going to remember that for the rest of their lives and hopefully store it up to say they are never going to feel like that again, never going to make those mistakes under that sort of pressure again and they will come back as better players.”England’s scrum fell apart against the intensity of the Springboks and only during a period midway through the first half did they seriously threaten to score a try.Dawson said that impressive as England coach Eddie Jones’s tactics had been throughout the tournament, he was out-thought by South Africa’s Rassie Erasmus in the final.“We have been praising Jones and waxing lyrical about how perfect England’s build-up and preparation has been,” Dawson said. “But ironically they lost because they looked like they did not have the ability to adapt on the field when South Africa were not playing the way that England expected.“It is very difficult to change on the field, but it has been a fairly common trait of England sides over the past 10 years of not being able to adapt under that type of pressure.“The senior England players should have stood up and realised what they were doing what was not working.”Despite the crushing disappointment, Dawson said people should remember how far England have progressed since failing to get out of their pool at their home World Cup in 2015.“People are going to be after Jones now but you cannot get away from the fact that he has done a magnificent job with that England team,” Dawson said.“He has taken them to the brink of world domination. They have had a bad day at the office. But one bad day compared to the many weeks of success he has brought to this England side.“A lot of those players are going to be around in four years’ time. Hopefully, Jones will stick around and help in some way so England can progress even further.”last_img read more

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Mourinho accepts one-on-one training session was wrong

first_imgTottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted he was in the wrong for holding a one-on-one training session with Tanguy Ndombele in a public park.Mourinho was pictured on social media flaunting government rules by meeting up with the midfielder on Hadley Common on Tuesday, even though they kept to social distancing guidelines.Fellow Spurs players Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were spotted running side by side in a separate session, while Serge Aurier filmed himself on Instagram running alongside a friend.Mourinho has held his hands up and admitted that he was in the wrong.“I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household,” he said.“It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”While Mourinho accepts he was in the wrong by holding the session, it was an isolated incident, with group sessions taking place online.But it is the latest bad news story for Spurs, who have attracted widespread criticism for their decision to furlough non-playing staff last week.last_img read more

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