England eye All Blacks model

2012-10-27 15:14

Wellington - England may no longer try to dress like New Zealand - but skills coach Mike Catt is determined to get his charges playing like the world champions.

According to website , when Catt and the England coaching staff returned from watching New Zealand beat South Africa 32-16 in Soweto earlier this month, they were struck by the sheer ruthlessness of the All Blacks.

On that day, New Zealand had to weather a ferocious Springbok assault and cope with a lop-sided penalty count but the accuracy of their execution saw them beat the hosts by four tries to one.

When the All Blacks are on the front foot they can be even more devastating - and that is Catt's vision for England over the years ahead.

"You look at New Zealand and the way they get one opportunity and score it," Catt said.

"New Zealand are very good and accurate at what they do. They are on the front foot a lot of the time and they can bring the big guys into the game.

"Everybody is going to want to get to that situation. It is how we get there and how long it takes us to get there.

"I am not saying it's not there [in the English players] but we have got to get to that, having that belief we can do it.

"It is about seeing the opportunities and understanding it. That is my role.

"From an attacking point of view, I want to see speed of the ball and movement of the ball."

Ugo Monye will hope to be the one scoring the tries this autumn after being promoted into the senior squad as injury cover for Ben Foden on the back of an electric start to the Premiership season.

The Harlequins wing has already scored five Premiership tries and is itching to win his first cap since being carried off on a stretcher against Scotland in 2010.

"Ugo has been in great form," England assistant coach Andy Farrell said.

"He is hungry to get back to Test level and prove his worth. You can see that with his performances."

England have fast-tracked Saracens loosehead prop Mako Vunipola into the Test squad after just four Premiership starts as injury cover for Alex Corbisiero.

"I have no doubt he will make his name in this autumn series. I have got every confidence in him," forwards coach Graham Rowntree said.

"I am looking for a fault in his game and I can't find one at the moment.

"I like his commitment to every aspect of the game. He is a dynamic ball-carrier and he loves a scrum and you know that turns me on!

"He respects all the hard yards, the tackling, the clearing-out, the scrummaging. He has got his priorities right."

Uncapped Leicester hooker Tom Youngs is also in line to win his first cap this autumn after replacing the injured Rob Webber, while James Haskell will cover for absent flanker Tom Croft.


  • Flemstone - 2012-10-27 15:26

    England have also stuck with the kick and chase defensive game for far too long. Toby Flood plays close to the gain line and it creates lovely gaps. Farrell is also an option at flyhalf. Plenty of good wingers in England at the moment. The problem is finding great centres. Tuilagi blows hot and cold. Christian Wade is a man to watch on the wing.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-10-27 15:28

    and if pigs could fly

  • brian.heunis - 2012-10-27 15:30

    Seems like that knock he took from Lomu left some perm brain damage! England play like the AB's?? Seriously?? You are born with those skills!!

      Flemstone - 2012-10-27 15:48

      If Wales can do it, why not England? You should watch some of these players at club level. The problem has been the England game plan. Same thing in SA. Gloucester and Wasps all play attacking/running rugby. Leicester and Saracens still play a more conservative style of rugby. But I think they've got a good balance between kicking and attack.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-27 15:45

    Let them try, but they haven't got the goods.

  • leonard.bulle - 2012-10-27 16:27

    Geluk BULLS ond 21j met CC wen, lekker die wp chokers vermorsel, so choke hulle van jongs af hahahahaha...........engelse so moet julle speel, BULLS jou lekka ding..........

      babbuinovolante - 2012-10-27 19:06

      just remind me where the bulls ended up in the currie cup? and now where province ended up?

      Fiellies - 2012-10-27 19:09

      Ou seun, die 019 het gewen en die senior span......nou wat nou? Julle o21 spannetjie is maar n SA barbarians span.......shame die IK ok maar min tussen die brandy fumes!!

  • viva.lebok - 2012-10-28 20:44

    Just like when catt eyed Lomu in 1995

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