England Warm Up For The World Cup In Japan
It’s a brilliant starting run for England Rugby in the World Cup warm ups as they continue to dominate the rugby field. The three lions once again beat their opponents at Twickenham this weekend as they faced Ireland. The noise from the England fans bellowed around Twickenham Stadium, pumping energy into the boys on the pitch. Domination at its finest as the game ended with England taking 8 tries and a score of 57, leaving the men in green trailing behind with 15. This score was the best recorded for England v Ireland, adding to the victory on home soil. A win towards the start of a tournament would have certainly added confidence to their game.
Joe Cokanasiga was on top form in this weekend’s game as the winger got the England squad off to their winning ways, scoring three tries for the red and whites. Followed by Tuilagi, Itoje, Kruis, Daly, Cowan-Dickie and Curry who also scored tries. Captain Owen Farell later added to the scoreboard with a con and the final point coming from his penalty. Ireland managed to bag two tries from the game coming from Jordan Larmour and Bundee Aki. Fighting for survival, the squad later scored a con and penalty both taken by Ross Bryne.
All of the squad that played, pat yourselves on the back as it was certainly a team effort. But one man made an excellent comeback after his injury prone spell. England international and Leicester Tigers player Manu Tuilagi made his ninth appearance for England after his injury had caused him to take a year out from rugby. Tuilagi is no stranger to the game considering his time out. He’s the guy who makes the impact and this game was no different. The Leicester player beat seven of Irelands defenders, an equalling record for his matches. Looking past Tuilagi injury it’s safe to safe say that he will be adding the fear factor to England’s opponents in the 2019 World Cup, as he continues to increase his health and get back to his top form.
Man down for Eddie’s men as Mako Vunipola is subbed on in the 61st minute. However, less than 20 minutes later he was taken off the pitch due to a tightness in his leg. The England international player has recently undergone hamstring surgery, which is very concerning for the England squad. This runs the risk of Vunipola not playing in the World Cup if he’s health isn’t one hundred percent.
The England squad have now played two of their three world cup warm ups and have won against Ireland but lost their first match against Wales. They currently stand at the top spot of the sport, after winning the rugby 6 Nations earlier this year. The fixture ended with the Welshmen taking a 13-6 advantage. This was a good warm up game preparing England for the World Cup and their win against Ireland the weekend.
Eddie Jones’ men are set to play one more fixture against Italy before heading to Japan in the fight to win the rugby World Cup 2019. The Italians track record against England looks promising for another win for the red and whites, leading the boys for a 3/3 white wash from all of their warm ups. Last time England v Italy was in the Six Nations which took place in March. This match ended in a 57-14 victory to England, hopefully repeating this victorious win in the next game.
The tournament is set to begin in September and with England’s form looking well in their warm up games, it’s starting to seem a promising tournament for the squad to progress through to the end stages. The first World Cup fixture for England is against Tonga. The Sea Eagles previous form has seen them win 2/6 games comparing this with England’s 4/6 wins. The fixture should be a great game for England to start their World Cup journey.
The England squad was all fired and ready to take the win at Twickenham with the following players: Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola. What are your thoughts on Eddie Jones’ line up for the World Cup? Will his chosen squad be ready for Japan this winter?
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