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Paul Gustard reveals how The Guy in the Glass helped England shatter Australia

Published 18/06/2016

England defence coach Paul Gustard read a poem before the win over Australia.
England defence coach Paul Gustard read a poem before the win over Australia.

England's heroic defensive performance in their 23-7 victory over Australia was inspired by a poem called 'The Guy in the Glass' by Dale Wimbrow.

The Grand Slam champions made more than three times as many tackles as the Wallabies, amassing 169 hits in an extraordinary total that enabled them to seize an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Defence coach Paul Gustard read the poem to the squad earlier in the week in the belief its message of being true to yourself would resonate heading into a pivotal match.

"I told them that I had lots of opportunities in life, off the field, on the field, and I wasted most of them," Gustard said.

"During my career I would look at other people for the blame, I thought I trained and worked hard, but I didn't.

"This was the players' opportunity to make history, to do something different, to be special, and if they look at themselves at the end of the day, can they say they emptied themselves out? I think that in this game they did."

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