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England and Wales need to avoid each other for as long as possible now. That is the most important lesson to take from their World Cup warm-up double-header, which concluded in Cardiff on Saturday.
With the global hierarchy in a state of flux, everyone is searching for clues about what this month’s phoney war results mean in the bigger picture as a form guide for the World Cup.
The short answer is that they don’t mean much, but one thing is quite clear — the cross-border foes who locked horns under a roof in the Welsh capital would be best advised to dodge another indoor encounter in the southern Japanese city of Oita.
Dan Biggar showed he is a quality conductor and will cause problems if the sides meet again
Biggar was England’s undoing four years ago and the two nations could meet in quarter-finals
On current form, England would much rather meet Australia in the quarter finals than Wales
That is where they could well find themselves on the weekend of October 20-21, for the World Cup quarter-finals. It would surely suit Eddie Jones’s and Warren Gatland’s teams to be kept apart. The last eight is too soon for another high-stakes instalment of this rugby rivalry, for all the partisan passion it would generate.
England’s victory at Twickenham and Wales’s win in Cardiff lacked the resonance of Six Nations results, but nonetheless provided certain pointers.
One is that when any Red Rose team operates at a fervent peak of intensity, their power can be mighty hard for their neighbours to repel. The
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