Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Lumbering brawn brigade handed hell of a beating

Published 21/03/2011 | 07:46

WELL what did England expect, tossing on a prop in place of Toby Flood? A set torture of the new Lansdowne Road is a chap on the tannoy, cursed with a devotion to the visually challenged and those who've just got rocks in their heads. So he keeps them up to date on all the difficult stuff. Like keeping score.

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Hence, the view that England might be the rugby equivalent of that Brooklyn cop who found a dead horse on Kosciusko Street and dragged it around to Reid Avenue because he couldn't spell Kosciusko in his report, found spectacular expression on Saturday night.

Actually, as the beer-barrel figure of Paul Doran-Jones rumbled out into the rain, we discovered that this England team was more faithful to the image of its coach than any of us had ever really fully understood.

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