Sir Clive Woodward – England can still win the 2015 World Cup


“England can still win the 2015 World Cup but the right lessons need to be learned from this tour …there needs to be fundamental changes in the way we play which will have a considerable knock-on effect on selection.”

Stuart Lancaster (England’s Head Coach) faces some major decisions to make in such a short time, however, he has one huge factor in his favour and that is ‘home’ advantage. But even that will be lost unless the Lancaster can work out a game plan and the team can work hard and play hard.

Following the New Zealand tour we have discoved quite simply, England’s squad are not quick enough man for man and as a collective at the very highest level. In compaison, everyone in the All Blacks’ back division has pace and poses a massive threat both individually and in unison, whereas in the third and final test at New Zealand, England only had Marlande Yarde and Ben Youngs that was able to defeat the gainline with their pace in a 36-13 defeat and the All Blacks’ backs still looked quicker than them throughout the match.

“What can really win England the World Cup is world-class coaching and selection, followed by execution by the players.

So the core question is this: Do England continue to go down the current path or do they change before it’s too late?

To me, this is not a gamble but a necessity for the growth of the game in England.” There have been talks of Rugby League star Sam Burgess switching to Rugby Union in time to join the Squad for the World Cup but some debate this decision as he will not be ready but others reckon he will be a great asset to the team as he will be able to bring his physicaliy, knowledge and speed to the game. In my opinion, a mighty duo between Manu Tuilagi and Sam Burgess in the centre and Danny Cipriani as fly half will be a great and poweful line up.