Autumn Tests: Jeremy Guscott's judgment on England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland


The autumn international battalion is the ultimate opportunity for the northern hemisphere to try to prove themselves against the southern ones in Japan 2019

Four weeks of intense competition, different challenges, new faces and old paths.

Now, with the autumn international over the clock, going down to Japan 2019, how do England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland consider their efforts?


England was running a co-cap system with Owen Farrell to Division of leadership responsibilities with Dylan Hartley

When settling down the dust, England will look back and it does not regret that it does not. winning four out of four.

They will know that a small decision outside Courtney Lawes is wrong to go wrong; hit New Zealand. Terrorism has been a huge psychological increase for Eddie Jones's sweep, but even when they have lost, they know that they can make the day closer to make the best thing for the southern hemisphere.

They showed that they can create opportunities and openings. They should be out of sight of the South African face considering their chances of trying in the second half.

Owen Farrell started to be extremely dry and put it in full, but that was not just expected; consider his excellence.

It must be better:

The advantages of England did not come in the complete, complete way made by Ireland.

One part of their performance was lacking – for example to finalize those opportunities against South Africa – or not to; maintaining their grades over 80 minutes.

England will take second half classes against Australia

Against Japan, both were real.

England must play these games against a slightly challenging face with more confidentiality. They need to destroy teams and have the right to play widely.

By overcoming the & # 39; that barrier and their opponent to Japan as if All Blacks were especially important to be a " World Cup pool negotiations.

Focus on: Maro Itoje

It is very clear that academics but some decisions on how Maro Itoje needs to be safer on rugby.

In 12 games for England this year he has taken 19 penalties. Three of them came against South Africa in the first Autumn Test, when a yellow card was shown.

It is a measure of the stratospheric standards that he has placed beyond 2016 and 2017 that these minor details are held against him.

But counting penalties is crucial for the highest exam teams. He is testing himself, he's a & n; test the referee, find out what he can take away and how long & He can strike him, but at the end he needs to balance because of his face.


Scotland finished the autumn on the seventh place in the world

In 18 months, Gregor Townsend has been watching some high heels – such as the winners over England in Six Nations this year or his / her; Australia's introduction to Sydney – and very seriously – such as loss from the United States and Fiji.

This autumn did not hit the second one.

They won games they should win, but they did not have the opportunity to take forward the basic steps that would have been to represent the impact of Wales or South Africa.

It must be better:

Completely, the debate about Scotland will be focused on such as Finn Russell, Huw Jones, Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland.

For Scotland to be more at risk, we need to talk about their advances so much & # 39; What do we do in the back?

Maitland will try to & # 39; benefitting Scotland against Argentina

They do work appropriately to do & # 39; attending a ball up to that ridge, but, at this time, they do not offer themselves a risk. How good are it? Can they compete with the strength of South Africa, England, Ireland and New Zealand?

The strong runner of the middle of the park also gave them some diversity in attack. Too many attacks that are responsible for taking a race to the broad areas.

The Six Nations give more answers. Last year they went to Cardiff with their Six Nations opener full of promise and hope, and eventually returned to score 34-7.

This year they have Italy first in the town, and should help them to build their campaign.

Focus on: Finn Russell

In the last game of their autumn series, Alba examined Finn Russell at her & # 39; middle and Adam Hastings at half-plane.

The competition was not in a bad 14-9 victory over Argentina and Russell will be entering the World Cup as the best choice at 10.

Scotland needs to see it playing slower. Its distribution can be brilliant, but it is necessary to make decisions on when the ambitious pass will be thrown out.

In the Six Nations, he disbanded England to pass. But against Ireland, his mistakes were a great deal that influenced his team.

It does not necessarily change the style essentially, it needs to be more specific.


Liam Williams made a British and Irish lion three wishes throughout the autumn

The average measure of this season is 87%. Scotland has managed by 88%. Ireland is 89%.

No one can join together with returning Wales Warren Gatland's side is 90%. They are reluctant after nine winners after each other and many of these runs come down to strict protection protection; stones.

While they are & # 39; Getting a streak right now, they have blocked opponents to a game of 13 points. This type of poor lie that means that they have an opportunity to hit anyone.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones is Shaun Edwards's voice protection coach on the field.

It's probably 33 and has 120 caps in Wales on its name, but it's pushing it; roof is still higher on personal performance. It's in a way that gets even better.

It must be better:

It's a question for a & # 39; Wales that are capable of maintaining this lack of protection, and adding greater creativity and accuracy to the & # 39; dance.

They need to be able to move from protecting in a tight structure to deal hard with each other in an attack.

Francis takes Welsh leadership early in South Africa

Tomas Francis has scored against South Africa this weekend this kind of thing that is missing on Wales.

Flanker Ellis Jenkins felt that defenders had a " coming from her, kept on the ball and her. link to the scan button. He looked simple but took a vision, made decisions and executed, all things that face the northern hemisphere; play on.

Focus on: Justin Tipuric

Le Sam Warburton was in front of an open-side side, the 29-year-long match was temporarily restrained in the past. Half of his captain in Wales has come out of his bays.

Now, after retiring at Warburton, he can be happy.

Most players play a affecting a game by emphasizing uncertainty or two or two games of play or major players.

But Tipuric seems to be doing both. It is not quite busy around the park, but there is also a distance, bill handling skills and know-how that is; Breakdown to achieve ready-to-play game sections.

When Taulupe Faletau, Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi recover their lives, there will be a wealth of options at their. Wales in the back row.


Ireland lives in the second place in the world, despite its existence. their impact on New Zealand

What can you say about the autumn of Ireland?

When they hit New Zealand in Chicago in 2016, it was difficult. It was not surprising that her & her; Their impact on the All Blacks in Dublin this time, which was widely known.

A very good presentation; on that day but the autumn of the level revealed to the deep quality of Ireland.

There was no part in the four matches or Conor Murray or the Robbie Henshaw center – important parts of Joe Schmidt's plans.

Luke McGrath's Palace and Kieran Marmion at nine, Will Addison and Garry Ringrose went into the midfielder, and the machine continued to be cleaned.

It must be better:

I do not think Schmidt has ever been satisfied.

He is a really good man and minute planning. It will work on all the problems and differences, to customize the options connected to each other and its; deal with a double team, and try to raise the few mistakes that are needed and increase the pressure on the face.

Focus on: Tadhg Furlong

Tadhg Furlong influences all other players on his team to look after themselves and reassess what they are capable of.

For a tight end, it seems to have always been on the field. He is involved in everything, and in a way that affects the game.

It will do so long & # 39; as it carries all that weight in the scrum and its; carrying 130kg (20st 6lb) of body.

I queried the last season how a team of Ireland would get into the World XV, and describing the number of individuals that are across each post.

But Furlong is going to the World XV without that. Compassion

Jeremy Guscott was talking to Mike Henson at BBC Sport

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