Mako Vunipola Pool C: England need the consistency to match their power game

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An England team packed with players from different cultural backgrounds, playing in an aggressive manner with an Australian at the helm, beating New Zealand to be crowned world champions? That’s enough about the cricketers – this autumn the rugby players head to Japan as second favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, but still with plenty of uncertainty over their prospects. After a difficult 2018 campaign – England lost five Tests on the bounce, and six out of 12 overall – Eddie Jones’s side arrived in Dublin at the start of this year’s Six Nations as big underdogs. The performance they went on to deliver as they beat Ireland 32-20 emphasised their World Cup credentials.

When England bring their power game, and have everyone fit, they can beat anyone. In Billy and Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler and Maro Itoje they possess some fearsome ball carrying forwards – while Manu Tuilagi is back in midfield. England’s linespeed is All Blacks-esque, impossible to live with at its best and often bringing the offside law into disrepute. But there’s a frailty to go with England’s physicality. They remain beatable as Wales and Scotland – nearly – showed during the Six Nations. They could exit in the quarter-finals or lift the trophy – either way, nobody would be too surprised.

Mako Vunipola Owen Farrell has the England captaincy after formerly sharing it with Dylan Hartley. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Owen Farrell has the England captaincy after formerly sharing it with Dylan Ha

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