England succumbed to two straight losses in the Six Nations against Scotland and France at Murrayfield and Stade de France respectively after beginning the tournament in impressive fashion, trouncing the likes of Italy and Wales.
Currently third in the points standings, England now have a huge task in hand against Ireland on March 17 at Twickenham in London.
The Ireland squad have been a gulf above the rest, with an eight point lead over the rivals after four matches going into week five of the competition.
Experts have already voiced their opinions about the performance of Eddie Jones’ men, with the recent showings being indications of what lies ahead for the Red and Whites.
Former English international Lawrence Dallaglio did not hold back on his emotions during his assessment of the performances.
He believes the ideal word to describe the outings is ‘infuriating’.
Beaten at the breakdown on both occasions, England lost the physical edge as well as indiscipline also playing a crucial part for their downfall.
The 45-year-old said: “That’s why I believe this defeat was worse than the one sustained at Murrayfield. Scotland were very good on that day. France were not very good yesterday.
“They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery. Nearly a century after Harold Abrahams’ Olympics heroics in Paris, this was chariots of dire. To watch it was as infuriating as it was fascinating.”
The London Wasps legend then gave his prediction about the vital Ireland clash, stating the home side might end up at the same outcome as they did in the previous two ties.
Lawrence added: “If England don’t sort themselves out this week they will be on the end of a hiding from Ireland on Saturday. That is clear.
“Ireland have been head and shoulders above the other five nations in this campaign. Their clarity of thought and accuracy in deed is in stark contrast to what we saw from England in Paris.”
The task not only lies on the shoulders of head coach Eddie Jones and the coaching staff, but also with the players who now have to deliver their best performance in the entirety of the tournament in order to outlast Ireland.
Only time will tell if Jones will be able to find the perfect combination in terms of selections and combinations in midfield and the backline to withstand the Irish attack.
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