So goodbye England.
Against Fiji you were OK, but nothing more.
Against Wales you were strong but gave the game away. You lacked composure and discipline when it mattered.
Against Australia you lacked creativity and defensive nous. Your self belief looked gone. The Aussies had all three of those qualities and had sorted out their scrum.
In the end it looked like you didn’t have the big match temperament. Dropping George Ford for Owen Farrell before the Welsh game showed excessive caution – lack of self-belief again.
I guess the management resorted to the Saracens way as soon as the pressure was on.
You have to say that the tournament organisers showed great probity by having an honest draw that put the hosts in the Group of Death. The only group with three top teams. Puts FIFA to shame (not hard).
Commercially bonkers though.
You can’t fault the effort of the team. They gave their all. But their flaws – and those of the management – were cruelly exposed.
World Cups are like that. Football as well as rugby.
Maybe they should get Clive Woodward to advise them on how it’s done!