Rugby

Woodward: England had better team in 2003

2016-12-05 19:55
Clive Woodward (File)

Cape Town - Clive Woodward has outlined three reasons why he thinks his 2003 World Cup winning England team were better than Eddie Jones' current side.

In his Daily Mail column, Woodward said while there were similarities between his team and the current bunch, there are three important differences which sets the class of 2003 apart.

"Firstly, when the 2003 team were in their pomp I feel the pack was more intimidating and dominant," Woodward wrote in his column.

"There was no messing about with that England pack and unless we ran into a referee who took objection to our scrummaging we were totally dominant. The class of 2016 have not yet reached that level but they have the potential and this is an area they will be working on constantly.

"Secondly, versatility. By the time England reached the 2003 World Cup they could win every way. We could play nine, 10 -man rugby, 15-man rugby or a mixture in the same match. Wet ball, dry ball, mud, hard ground, altitude, hostile crowds, nothing fazed the class of 2003. The class of 2016 are not quite as experienced yet but many will be on the Lions tour next summer and that will aid their rugby education.

"Finally, in 2003 England were the fittest team in the world bar none. In 2016 England are very fit - but New Zealand are still fitter."

The current England side are on a 14-match winning run and will break New Zealand’s record of 18 if they win all five their Six Nations matches next year.

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