Getting The Excuses In Early
Loved this interview with England Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron regarding England's chances of holding on the World Cup.
There's nothing like a positive outlook to help your team along. And Baron really does have NOTHING LIKE a positive outlook.
Not only are England in "a development phase", but it is "a big ask" to expect England to defend their title and he even goes so far as to talk about "getting England back on top" at some unspecified point in the future.
He is confident that England will improve under Brian Ashton, though, so that's something, I guess.
Talk about getting your excuses in early. I half expected to hear him moaning about injuries, the state of the pitches, the unfair fact that the All Blacks are just better than England....no wonder Australians think the English are a bunch of whingeing poms if this is the kind of stuff that they are coming out with.