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RUGBY CHAT: DID MARTIN JOHNSON’S ENGLAND TURN THE CORNER AGAINST FRANCE?

DUNCAN BROWN |
MINSTER LAW SOLICITORS
“I don’t think we were going to ever beat France, but it was a fairly good performance and I felt we turned the corner in many respects. The introductions of Ben Foden and Chris Ashton gave us impetus but Johnson needs to blood more like these.”

PETER DAVIS |
TOUCHSTONE GROUP
“England remain predictable and don’t play with that dynamism or excitement you see in the southern hemisphere. They’ll have to up their game in Australia this summer. Johnson should stay but how about teaming up with Lawrence Dallaglio?”

TIM DONALD |
DANSKE BANK
“Johnson looks to have run out of ideas. We went back to an old-fashioned style of play and didn’t make best use of the quality players we have in the squad. I don’t think we are too far away from having a decent side, but it needs fresh ideas from a new manager.”