Rugby World Cup 2019: Sir Clive Woodward fears ill-discipline could prove costly for England

    Rugby World Cup 2019: Sir Clive Woodward fears ill-discipline could prove costly for England

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    Sir Clive Woodward fears England’s ill-discipline could deny them Rugby World Cup glory in Japan.

    Woodward believes England have a “real chance” of emulating the side he led to World Cup success in 2003, but has concerns over their ability to keep 15 players on the pitch.

    “There’s many strengths, they’ve got this very powerful team,” Woodward said of an England team who play their tournament opener against Tonga next Sunday.

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    “This is what I call an x-factor team. But quite a few of the starting XV have got a track record of losing it in a game when under pressure.

    “There’s been a lot of focus on the rules regarding neck-high tackles, and if you’re playing (pool rivals) France and Argentina, top teams, and get a guy sent off then the chance of winning that game is going to be very difficult.

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    “We saw recently (Scott) Barrett get sent off for New Zealand versus Australia and they had a record score against them.

    “You need every single player to play under pressure and play within the laws of the game.

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