ESPNscrum: Andy Withers, Sam Bruce, and I discuss how Warren Gatland outcoached Michael Cheika but didn’t get the result he deserved at Twickenham, after Wales suffered white-line fever. But the Wallabies coach is smart enough to recognise the valuable lessons he was delivered ahead of the Rugby World Cup finals.
ESPNscrum.com: Australia’s performance to beat England at Twickenham is not just the best of the Rugby World Cup to date; Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and I say it offers Stuart Lancaster, or whoever is the England coach post World Cup, a blueprint if only he is brave enough to adopt “non-English methods”..
ESPNscrum.com: Andy Withers and I look forward to the pivotal match this coming weekend, England v Australia, and suggest Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley is much improved for working with “familiar” Chris Malone, while our colleague on the ground in England, Sam Bruce, is trapped in 1972 in a Crossroads timewarp..
ESPNscrum.com: the second of my pre-RWC interviews, I spoke with former All Blacks captain and now commentator, Murray Mexted.
Mexted was quite candid in his thoughts on who would and wouldn’t be in contention for the Cup, but rather surprisingly – for someone so forthright with an opinion – couldn’t split his final four as a firm favourite. He’s certainly not alone in this, for what it’s worth, but it’s not often that Murray Mexted stays on the fence..