Breakdown key to England’s Dublin mission

IS IT premature to be calling England’s game in Dublin a Six Nations title decider? If England clear the breakdown as quickly as they did against New Zealand and Scotland then I back them to win tomorrow. What’s certain is the magic of the championship means we can anticipate drama.

This year’s tournament looked too close to call for many pundits. Scotland and Italy are always capable of an upset (ask France), Wales are on a dreadful run and have problems with confidence and injury, while Ireland are striving to find the form of their provinces.

The first game between those two was a humdinger, which I think Ireland just deserved. France slipped on the annual Italian banana skin and have difficult trips to England and Ireland, but never write them off. England looked most impressive, are full of confidence and, with the increase in stability and maturity, they will convert the narrow losses of last summer and autumn into good wins, as they did against Scotland.

It was pleasing to see Saracens lads perform so and special mention goes to young flanker Will Fraser for his first call-up. Will broke into our first team this season and has been exceptional. It’s deserved recognition for a good humble professional.

After the opening weekend, it was back to business at Saracens, and Wednesday saw the launch of the exclusive Tulip club, our unique initiative combining hospitality and business for corporate supporters. This first event, held in the heart of the City, saw a host of business leaders rubbing shoulders with sports stars for a great evening. We still have a few places left for the Tulip Club; please get in touch for information.

Hugh Vyvyan is an ex-England rugby player currently developing the Saracens Tulip Club offering in the City.