Mediocre start from England…

By all accounts it wasn’t a good match, and they are vulnerable against ‘real’ opposition, but are they ripe for a thrashing? It could be just the pre-tournament hype telling again (although reliance on ‘old talent’ like Catt and Dallaglio tells its own story). Bryn Palmer has Olli Barkley standing head and shoulders above the rest. Today’s matches continue the minnow theme Wales v Canada in Nantes, 13:00; South Africa v Samoa in Paris, 15:00; and Scotland v Portugal in St Etienne, 17:00; Ireland v Namibia in Bordeaux, 19:00.