Baby steps for Borthwick’s England in quest to deliver fearless approach

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Six Nations opener in Italy was a chance to remove shackles and develop risk versus reward gameplan but it remains a work in progress

Shortly after arriving in Rome, Jamie George, ever the cricket fan, was discussing the merits of Bazball and how a similar approach may manifest itself within the England squad he now captains. With tongue firmly in cheek he suggested he might attempt a drop goal in the first two minutes against Italy as something akin to ramping a six over the wicketkeeper’s head.

Suffice to say this never materialised during England’s three-point victory against Italy that leaves onlookers uncertain whether much progress has been made since the World Cup and with the visit of Wales to Twickenham looming on Saturday.

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Written by Gerard Meagher in Rome
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2024/feb/04/steve-borthwick-england-rugby-union-six-nations under the title “Baby steps for Borthwick’s England in quest to deliver fearless approach”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.