Brian Moore: England need an injection of young players and fresh ideas

Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

By The Telegraph

Brian Moore: England need an injection of young players and fresh ideas

Monday, 8 February

We're just one week into the Six Nations and we already have one major upset in the books after Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time in 38 years.

Joining Brian this week to reflect on the opening round of games is the former England sevens captain Rob Vickerman.

They begin at Twickenham, where Scotland outplayed England in all departments and were actually unlucky not to have left the capital with more points. We discuss whether the performance was a one off for Gregor Townsend's side or if it can be the catalyst for them to mount a challenge for the title.

As for England, much was made of the performance of their Saracens contingent who largely flattered to deceive. Brian says their inclusion is not the reason for the lacklustre performance but thinks it's time for head coach Eddie Jones to bring in some younger players, specifically at halfback, to freshen up the squad.

Ireland opened up their campaign with a defeat away to Wales. Their task was made difficult after a red card early on but they still had chances to win. Former Ireland international Alan Quinlan joins the show to offer up his thoughts on how things are looking under Andy Farrell.

Plus we discuss what to do about Italy after suggestions a promotion/relegation system needs to be introduced and also the pros and cons of the new format for the Women's Six Nations.

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