Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby: Undercooked Saracens players are holding England back
Telegraph, 23 Feb 2021
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We're heading towards the midway point of the Six Nations and it's favourites France and unfancied Wales who remain the only unbeaten sides in the competition.
Joining Brian to preview the upcoming round of fixtures is former England centre Tom May. They begin by analysing England's underwhelming campaign so far and Tom expresses his concern over England's Saracens contingent which he says are suffering due to a lack of club rugby.
Ahead of the crunch game with Wales on Saturday, Brian says England must test young winger Louis Rees-Zammit under the high ball whereas Tom says if they can manage to get the ball to their outside backs they will hand the Welsh their first defeat of the tournament.
France have set the standard so far but head into their match with Scotland with a depleted squad due to Covid. Can the Scots replicate their form of round one where they beat England in Twickenham?
As for Ireland they take on Italy in a game they should win comfortably. Head coach Andy Farrell has faced criticism after a poor start to the Six Nations but after watching them up close against France, Tom says there is more to come from them.
After fresh reports the Lions could in fact be staged in Australia we speak with Telegraph's chief rugby correspondent Gavin Mairs about what is going on with the tour.
And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the worlds first gay rugby club, we speak with Eamonn Ashton Atkinson, the man behind the documentary 'Steelers' which celebrates the LGBT community within the game. Check it out here: https://www.steelersthemovie.com/
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