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Ireland’s backline were ‘spooked’ by England’s effort and attitude | Nick Evans

Home side consistently doubled up on Ireland’s attackers and when it comes to executing a territorial game Eddie Jones’s side are the best in the worldThere was plenty to admire in England’s performance against Ireland but the most impressive aspect wa…

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Tom Curry stands out in England’s ugly win with confident Ireland up next | Nick Evans

The decision-making was good against Scotland, who were caught in a stranglehold at the breakdownEngland will not care in the slightest that their victory over Scotland was one of the ugliest in recent memory. In fact, I felt that they were set up to p…

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Tom Curry stands out in England’s ugly win with confident Ireland up next | Nick Evans

The decision-making was good against Scotland, who were caught in a stranglehold at the breakdownEngland will not care in the slightest that their victory over Scotland was one of the ugliest in recent memory. In fact, I felt that they were set up to p…

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England are in transition but good enough to recover from defeat in France | Nick Evans

Unfamiliarity with the new attack coach Simon Amor’s methods was part of the problem in Paris as was losing TuilagiThere are plenty of ways to describe England’s performance against France but the one word I would use is confused. Eddie Jones tried to …

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England’s World Cup final defeat to South Africa proves Warren Gatland was right | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team played their ‘final’ against the All Blacks and could not reproduce this level when it mattered mostWarren Gatland was right about England after all. They played their “final” against the All Blacks and what struck me most is that th…

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England were perfect in their semi-final but expect Eddie Jones to tinker | Nick Evans

South Africa should provide a sterner test than New Zealand but I think England will be able to create more in attackThe biggest compliment I can pay to England is that they made New Zealand look one-dimensional on Saturday. The All Blacks possess the …

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If All Blacks can douse England’s power, will Jones’s men be able to react? | Nick Evans

New Zealand will have to be patient and not force things, waiting for the World Cup semi-final to become unstructuredIf there is one thing England must do if they are going to beat New Zealand and reach the World Cup final it is to deny them quick ball…

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If All Blacks can douse England’s power, will Jones’s men be able to react? | Nick Evans

New Zealand will have to be patient and not force things, waiting for the World Cup semi-final to become unstructuredIf there is one thing England must do if they are going to beat New Zealand and reach the World Cup final it is to deny them quick ball…

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England must keep their discipline in heat of World Cup knockout stages | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team had few problems at start of tournament but quarter-final provides new challengeThe last time the All Blacks lost a World Cup match was in 2007. It was a match I do not have fond memories of, having played in it, but incredibly valua…

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England must keep their discipline in heat of World Cup knockout stages | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team had few problems at start of tournament but quarter-final provides new challengeThe last time the All Blacks lost a World Cup match was in 2007. It was a match I do not have fond memories of, having played in it, but incredibly valua…

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George Ford makes England’s World Cup attack hum and cannot be dropped | Nick Evans

England sapped the life out of Argentina and their clinical performance bodes well for the rest of the tournamentFull marks to England for a clinical performance against Argentina. It is never easy playing against a team down to 14 men and I thought th…

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Japan ready to hit Samoa with fresh array of trickery and invention | Nick Evans

Coach Jamie Joseph knows Japan cannot win by physicality – they maximise their quick-footed, explosive players insteadI played with Tony Brown at the Highlanders and watching Japan’s stunning victory against Ireland I could see the extent of the influe…

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The aerial battle will be the key to unlocking defences in World Cup | Nick Evans

Tactical kicking is increasingly important and England and Owen Farrell are masters of the artAfter watching New Zealand, South Africa, England and Ireland – the four most-fancied teams at the World Cup – play their first matches over the weekend it is…

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Rugby World Cup tactics: Nick Evans on how the leading nations will play

From South Africa’s line-speed to Ireland’s signature backline move, this is what to expect from the world’s best in JapanI look to their big win over the All Blacks in Perth and Nic White was fantastic. The Wallabies changed direction a lot in that ga…

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Six Nations’ team of the tournament: Wales and England dominate best XV | Nick Evans

Alun Wyn Jones was arguably the pick of the bunch as grand slam winners Wales and England dominate our columnist’s listA big part of what Saracens do well and exactly the same with Wales, Williams has been brilliant throughout and his ability to play o…

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England showed their best moves but how will they play in bigger games? | Nick Evans

There was much to admire in England’s attack against Italy although the big backs did show defensive frailtiesTwickenham seemed strangely subdued on Saturday – that’s what happens when 80,000 people already know the outcome before the match – but for t…

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Bringing on George Ford could have helped England unlock the Wales defence | Nick Evans

Owen Farrell’s kicking game was not enough in Cardiff and Eddie Jones missed a trick in ignoring the Leicester fly-halfEngland had a plan B against Wales – the problem was it stayed on the bench. Owen Farrell is one of the best fly-halves in the world,…

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The breakdown will be a key to who gets into the fast lane at Cardiff | Nick Evans

England will miss Mako Vunipola on Saturday but they have enough ball-carriers to turn on the power against WalesIt is not uncommon to introduce themes every now and then – we often use them at Harlequins – and one we’ve used recently is called decapit…

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England kicking on but strategy for Wales could include power game | Nick Evans

France caved under pressure from kicking but Eddie Jones may mix it up with Tuilagi and the Vunipolas against WalesFrance’s death by a thousand kicks at Twickenham started the week before in Paris. England have been extremely well coached in both match…

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England need to be physical and adaptable to realise a winning formula | Nick Evans

Adopting a strategy of squeeze and strangle, Eddie Jones’ team gave Ireland little room to handle the constant pressureThere was so much to like about England’s performance in Dublin but of the things that impressed me most, the way they handled the br…