Six Nations: England should beat Wales comfortably judging by the opening rounds, says Mike Brown – What We Know!

Ex-English fullback Mike Brown has been left unimpressed by Wales so far in the Six Nations

One of my reminiscences of taking part in in opposition to Wales is the ‘mixed XV’ articles that will all the time be churned out on the week of the sport. They’d cherry-pick the most effective gamers from each side. Through the Warren Gatland period, it will all the time be a reasonably even break up of English and Welsh.

Based mostly on what I’ve seen of Wales within the opening two rounds, they don’t have a single participant who would get into the England XV proper now. Josh Adams has the strongest case, however solely as a result of England have been taking part in a centre and full-back on the wings. Individuals will say ‘what about Louis Rees-Zammit?’ however I might reasonably have Adam Radwan if you would like pace.

This Wales staff isn’t wherever close to the standard of a few of their current line-ups and England ought to beat them comfortably at Twickenham. If Joe Launchbury comes again at lock with Courtney Lawes on the flank, I can’t see Wales matching their physicality within the pack. If England can play with tempo and transfer the ball to the vast channels, they need to trigger all method of issues. Manu Tuilagi is again and that makes England a special beast. It may very well be near their finest back-line.

Ex-English fullback Mike Brown has been left unimpressed by Wales up to now within the Six Nations

Wales is the sport that you simply all the time need to win. The rivalry is huge and also you get completely hammered in the event you lose. I keep in mind Welsh followers banging on the bus after they beat us in Cardiff as soon as. Joe Marler went right down to the door and dragged considered one of them on to the bus. It was all in good spirits but it surely gave the fan the shock of his life! We drove off and realised this man had dropped his glasses on the ground in panic and Marler wore all of them the way in which again to the resort!

When you win, it’s a tremendous feeling. Wales are a streetwise staff with quite a lot of battle so that you want skilled heads on the pitch. I wish to see Ben Youngs again within the beginning XV, main out the staff when he overtakes Jason Leonard as England’s most capped participant of all time. What an achievement.

Youngs has come a good distance since he was a round-cheeked teen who cooked all his meals in a deep-fat fryer. He was a terrific staff man and all the time up for fun, however when it was time to work he was all the time critical.

Brown said he thought no Welsh player would get into a combined England and Wales XV

Brown mentioned he thought no Welsh participant would get right into a mixed England and Wales XV

What’s the key to his longevity? It’s the way in which he’s always developed his recreation so folks can’t work him out. He’s tailored to 3 totally different head coaches — Martin Johnson, Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones — and that takes some doing.

Consistently altering environments and assembly the calls for of various coaches is less complicated mentioned than finished. It’s the identical whenever you’re switching between membership and nation. You need to make quite a lot of tweaks to your recreation and Youngs has finished that nicely.

At a sure stage in your profession you’ve bought to evolve into a frontrunner. Youngs speaks nicely in conferences and doesn’t get fazed. That’s the kind of composure you want in opposition to groups like Wales. He isn’t as fast as Harry Randall — or beforehand Danny Care — however his sensible recreation administration provides him an edge. He makes good selections and his calm head units him aside.

England and Wales are set to play this Saturday and Brown predicted an English victory

England and Wales are set to play this Saturday and Brown predicted an English victory

Twelve months in the past, he regarded like a participant who was caught in that England rut of fixed kicking, however he’s rediscovered his type again at Leicester. His expertise is strictly what this England staff want now and, barring a whole stinker, he must be the first-choice No 9 on the World Cup subsequent yr.

It’s nice that Randall and Raffi Quirke are snapping at his heels since you want that competitors. It was the identical with Youngs and Look after all these years. It means you’ll be able to by no means get snug and let your requirements slip, however Randall and Quirke are each fairly uncooked.

Definitely, Youngs is up there as considered one of England’s greats. We’ve had Richard Hill, Andy Gomarsall, Matt Dawson, Kyran Bracken and Danny Care, however Youngs has eclipsed all of them by way of caps. The one factor Dawson has over him is the 2003 World Cup. If Youngs manages to win the World Cup subsequent yr then he’d go down as England’s finest No 9 of all time. And I’m fairly assured that subsequent Saturday he’ll have a victory to mark the event.

Brown picked out Ben Youngs as one of England¿s greats and wants to see him back in the side

Brown picked out Ben Youngs as considered one of England’s greats and desires to see him again within the facet

Brown’s mixed staff: 

Freddie Steward; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Joe Marchant; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt.