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28th Feb 2017

England scrum-half insults Conor O’Shea and it’s a bit pathetic


Sean McMahon

This is pushing it a bit.

Ah yes, the fallout continues.

Why can’t the English players/management/media just let this go?

Italy, a team with severely limited resources, came to Twickenham with an unorthodox game plan in order to frustrate England and improve their own chances of winning the game.

It worked.

Italy went in at half-time with a 10-5 lead, something which even to the most optimistic of supporters would have deemed totally inconceivable before the match began.

Michele Campagnaro’s try after the hour mark had the scoreline reading 17-15 to England.

Only two points between the sides as the game entered the final quarter.

Sour grapes was the order of the day, however, which was clear from the comments from the likes of Dylan Hartley, James Haskell and Ben Youngs immediately after the game.

Danny Care, who was like a rabbit in the headlights when Italy employed their tactics, is a former play of O’Shea’s at Harlequins, and according to The Independent, makes a ridiculous claim when it comes to the style of rugby which the Irishman is implementing at his new team.

“He’s gone from being the most attacking man in rugby to the most negative in one game,” Care said of his former coach. 

The most negative coach in the game?

What was he expecting O’Shea to do? Encourage his players to go toe-to-toe with the English in the physicality stakes and then throw the ball around like the Fijian Sevens?

Get a grip.

O’Shea doesn’t have the players or the resources at his disposal to implement the same brand of rugby that he did at Quins and these latest comments from Care are the latest in a long line of embarrassing post-match comments from players and management.

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