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England have 'armoury, ability and personnel'
ESPN Staff
February 24, 2014
England players re-group during the 13-10 win, England v Ireland, Six Nations, Twickenham, London, February 22, 2014
England players re-group during the 13-10 win ... Owen Farrell claimed the noise of the crowd made communication all but impossible © Getty Images

Sir Clive Woodward said that England "have the armoury, ability and personnel - on and off the field - to go on and achieve something special" but warned they need to match their toughness with an ability to be clinical.

In his Daily Mail column, Woodward wrote that England's failing on Saturday were "the two walk-in tries they messed up, and that all comes down to communication.

"After so much build-up work through phases, they twice had two or three-man overlaps on offer but the space was butchered because all the heads were looking in-field at the ball and nobody was communicating properly."

He said that Owen Farrell's post-match comment that the crowd noise made it impossible to communicate was not good enough. "You have to find a way. If screaming and shouting does not work in the noise then you can lip-read if you're looking properly.

"Failing that, sprint in and touch the first receiver -- 'It's on, shift the ball'. Practise with ear muffs on if you have to but this is an area where England can really step up."

He went on to say that England closed out the game strongly, taking all the right options. "After panicking in the final 10 minutes in Paris against France, England played the final 10 minutes really well. It was vital that no new players were brought on in key positions and forced to pick up the pace of the game. England must go through that video play by play, and ask why we did that. Do not assume it will automatically stick. Study it and capture it."

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